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Archive for December, 2011

Promises Kept

With a New Year nipping at our heals we often feel the need to make some unkeepable promises and unrealistic resolutions.  We sincerely want those end results of a slimmer waist and an earlier daily start, but we often lack the tenacity and discipline to make them happen for more than a week or two. 
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Suffering Long

Everyone has a bad day once in a while.  Sometimes we have a bad month or even an entire year of trials.  There are some people who struggle continually from year to year without relief, though.  From a permanent disability to an incurable disease, some trials continue for the duration of life on earth. 

Although as their brothers and sisters we ought to be extending comfort and assistance, many choose instead to ignore and exclude such people from their lives. No one envies a life of suffering.  Many will just as soon pretend those lives do not exist.  Shame on us. (more…)

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I always told my girls that when the sunlight shines in it’s God saying, “Hello” and now whenever they see it they go and sit in the spot of sun and talk to Him. Human beings look for ways to meet with God.  Many times we stake our bets in a place when they should be vested in a person – Jesus Christ.  While there are certain places where we seem to find more closeness with God, we must never forget that Christ is the center of every genuine meeting place where we actually experience Him.  Psalm 87 speaks to us. (more…)

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Enough

Psalm 86 is a prayer of David.  It is probable that David often repeated words like unto these rather than using them for a particular occasion.  Psalm 86 is a staple prayer in the life of any humble believer. 

Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.

I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever. ~Psalm 86:1-2, 6-7, 12 (more…)

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Trouble’s Purpose

This morning I stepped out to run and was met by pouring rain.  At mile 1 I encountered a very large loose dog by my side.  At mile 3 there were police lights flashing in the distance.  At mile 4 I came past a broken down vehicle and danger flares burning.  At mile 5 1/2 my husband informed me that he’d dropped and broken the coffee pot in the kitchen.  At mile 6 I was back home. 

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Crazy For God

There was some talk about numerous churches across the country cancelling their services in light of Christmas day falling on Sunday this year.  Understandably, some would simply be unable to make it and many would be travelling out-of-town.  There is certainly no law against missing church on any given day and there is no condemnation for many valid and legitimate reasons which constitute one such absence.  The crux of the issue isn’t the fact that attendance may indeed be down Christmas morning, but that those who could attend wouldn’t or didn’t want to. 

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Communion

A quiet organ plays the perfect Christmas melody as Mia and I hold the body of Christ in our hands.  Solemn prayers seek forgiveness as the end of the Eve of Our Lord’s birth draws nigh. 

Loud cries of an infant break the silence of the assembly.  As they carry on and on echoing through the sanctuary, the Spirit of God descends. 

 “I bet this is just what it sounded like when Jesus was born!” I whisper.  “I thought he didn’t cry, mom.”  “Somehow I don’t think Away in a Manger quite captures the truth of his humanity, Mia. Jesus was a human just like us and he cried when he was born.  I have my doubts as to how silent that night really was.”

An irritation to many and an embarrassment to others, the shrieking child is put away some place where he will not further disturb the formalities.  Mia breaks her bread in half and hold the extra piece in the hand of her dolly.  “Does Jewel know the Lord, too, Mia?”  “Yes.  She is a Rodeheaver.”  We partake and go on to light the candles one by one as darkness falls.  The family of God welcomes Light and shares Him all around.

Stillness.  Life.  Family.  Sharing.  Light.  The Christ child cries out in the darkness.  Prayers in search of forgiveness are answered.  The Savior is here!Will you put Him away where he won’t further disturb you?  Is He an irritation?  An embarassment?  Or do you hear what I hear?  I am so thankful for those tears and shame!  Will you share Him with the world all around this Christmas?  

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