All too often I find this word to be avoided, to be considered negative, to be considered “here comes trouble!” My response to this truth was “here comes another positive word gone NEGATIVE, what a pity!”
I looked acceptance up in the dictionary and found that a primary defining word was “favor.” WOW!
The following blessing has been bestowed upon me many times, and I quote it from the BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER:
“The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor
and give you peace. AMEN“
My friends, acceptance is a REALLY BIG DEAL and I am sorry to say we as a culture are not very good at it. We need to do better!
AT ONCE, when I committed my life to the Lord, these weak human eyes and this flawed human heart saw His Light, love, and beauty EVERYWHERE. I was looking with the same tired eyes at the same spaces and places, but His heart in mine showed me what I had been missing! Raking the brush in my yard, I gazed at the pile of twigs and such, and saw something more. Within minutes, my hands assembled this cross entirely from a pile of brush. Oh, how much more He can do when we turn in faith and love to Him!
Crickets and rain drops outside my window,
Quiet my distracted soul
And not unlike a lullaby,
I feel my spirit finding rest
By Martha L Shaw © 2014
Even a massive army,
living in darkness,
those who live
in the Light!
By Martha L Shaw – © 2017