Emily Dickinson and Eternal Life

September 1, 2012

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. – Emily Dickinson

I have always dearly loved poetry and Dickinson is one of my favorites.  This quote is a delightful reminder to me that through Jesus Christ we are blessed with eternal life!  Death no longer has the sting it did before He won for us the victory through His great love for us.  As His followers we know that love truly is immortal!  Those we miss in our daily lives truly are not gone from us anymore than Christ Himself.  They live on in our hearts through the love we share.  On our darkest day, we still have light, hope, love, and companionship through our beloved Lord Jesus Christ!  Let yourself feel the love!

 


You Are Being Watched!

August 29, 2012


Loving Heart – A Quote For Sunday

August 19, 2012

Okay, this is a quote for all times and all places, but how fitting that I should find it on Sunday morning between church services! 

Break bread with me?

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.  – Charles Dickens –


The Name of Jesus

August 17, 2012

So, have you ever needed to get away and be alone with the Lord and been so upset, frustrated, and angry and the rest of it that being quiet wasn’t working for you, and finding words to speak in prayer wasn’t working, and there was certainly no way you were going to at that moment pray in the Spirit, and about all you could do was call out His name?  Okay, you do not have to admit it publicly, but let me assure you that we all have those moments and the ones who tell you they never do?  Sorry, but the truth isn’t being spoken.  A priest friend and I were speaking about prayer and we were both dealing with “big stuff” and he admitted “sometimes I can only yell His name and that’s all the prayer I can speak and it’s okay.”  It’s true.  The Lord desires to be in relationship with us and that means take all our stuff to Him.  No matter what.  Have you got kids in your life and heart whom you’ve told (and meant it) that “you can come to me with anything” and later, when they got “In over their heads” and didn’t come to you when they might have, you again told them “I’ll always love you no matter what.  Come to me with anything.”  Well, if we humans can mean that, how much more amazing Jesus’ love for us is? 

Quiet time with Him can come in those times.  Calling out to Him brings healing to us.  When that calming presence is felt and I’m trying to let my distractions float away like balloons as I let go of a string, sometimes as I’m resting with Him, I take deep breaths in and out and quietly speak His name as I breath in and out . . .  Je . . . . sus . . . Je . . . sus . . . He is always there when I call Him.  . . . and when I don’t, too!


Promises, Promises . . .

August 17, 2012

 

“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

                                                                                   2 Corinthians7:1

So, how often do you hear the following:

  • Definitely
  • I promise
  • Consider it done
  • Sure
  • Yes
  • I love you
  • I’m here for you
  • Call upon me anytime

How’s it working for you?  Do you believe folks when they say these things to you?  Do you doubt?  Do you sometimes wonder “what’s next . . . wonder what favor he wants?  Wonder what she did  . . .  she’s trying to get on my good side.”

I managed a office where several of my staff got flowers delivered to them, and often.  I admit, it seldom happened to me.  I also admit that with the cost of roses, as much as I love flowers there’s likely something else I’d prefer he spent money on than a dozen long stem roses from the fancy flower shop.  Know what though?  One of the girls always got angry when her husband sent flowers.  She was certain he was GUILTY of something and wasn’t gonna rest until she knew what it was. 

I’d met her husband and I don’t think he was any more corrupt than the rest of us.  I think he loved his wife.  When I got flowers, they were generally carnations.  I loved them and they lasted longer than roses and cost less and the love behind them touched my heart.  Honestly, it never came to my mind that there was a disaster heading my way and the flowers were a sign.  I admit, though, when certain people came to me with “hi, honey, how are you” I thought, “trouble’s brewing.” 

Reading Paul’s letter from which the above quote came brought these thoughts to me because of the words “we HAVE these promises” from God.  There is no doubt, there are no strings, we don’t have to perform a certain way to earn them, His love is ours whether we nail the purity part of the quote or not.  Still, purity is something I try to shoot for.  Not because I have to, not because He loves me, because I love Him. 

His love and promises are real!  We can’t lose them, can’t earn them, and He showers us with His love and grace!  If “trouble’s brewing, it’s us who’ve failed Him and not the other way around and when this happens, He still pours out Himself on us and in us.  When we humans just could get it right, what did He do?  Scrap the notion and start over?  Give up on us?  No, He gave, but He didn’t give up.  He gave His only begotten Son.  Wow!

 


One In Him

August 14, 2012

I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.

– Ani DiFranco –

The quote above speaks well of what we become and are enabled to do as one body in Christ and when we realize and appreciate that we have many gift but the same giver! It is time to realize that our differences are as He designed us and for a reason.  We must stop fighting against this and begin praising Him as one body!  Those in darkness need us to do our good work! 


Degas and Jesus Christ

August 12, 2012

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

– Edgar Degas –

What Degas speaks is true of art but in my heart it is also true of our commission in faith as followers of Christ.  We are called to reflect Him to those He draws us toward.  Every small and large thing we do reflects what is valuable to us to a world in darkness.  Jesus is in our hearts – is this what those in our midst see?  Do we reflect this without trying to do so?  Do they see Him when we don’t know anyone is watching?


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