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Love Potencies

Love is spilling in overflow
coursing through heart channels
in blissful contentment

Dancing with love
tunes the inner instruments –
God is the maestro
orchestrating oh so splendidly

Blaze bursts explode
in the fire of love displays –
What compares to love?
It’s in a class all by itself

Love rings
Who answers its calls?
God arranges –
Who plays?
The glory of love trumpets
and resonates in resounding clarity.

The chords, notes, and beats
line up in harmony –
Rhythm syncs with the
channels of awe

The vibrations of love
stimulate and penetrate
to the core of hearts –
God is witness
to its power and potency –
Of course, God is the author
of the manifold love currents –
Indeed, we are blessed
with the rewards provided
by love in vivid manifestations
for us to partake of and share.

Song of Solomon 8:7- KJV
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: . . .

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God’s Wonders

Under the open blue sky
I sit digesting the
fruits of God’s wonders –
Birds and insects fly free
engaged in the sounds of
their beings.

Gentle breezes blow –
Tree branches sway
in the movements
of the morning air.

It’s crisp out here
in this fresh a.m. beauty
Yes, splendid glory to view –
The magnificence of God
cannot be contained.

It’s such a joy to witness.
As the bible says, truly,
the earth is the Lord’s
and the fullness thereof.
Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord.

Certainly, God is the Master
of creation and the Master
of our fate.

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT) Samuel told King Saul that God said to attack the Amalekites and completely annihilate them including the women, children, and animals. The battle was waged and the Israelites attacked the Amalekites, just as God had commanded. Unfortunately, they also kept the King of the Amalekites and the best of the animals. As a result, God sent Samuel to deliver the message to Saul that since he had not obeyed, God was removing him from the throne. When Samuel calls Saul on the carpet about not destroying everything, Saul claims he saved the best animals to sacrifice to God. So first he partially obeyed, which is basically saying “I will follow Your instructions, but only the part I want to.” It is the same as the temptation of Eve. God saidContinue reading »

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Friendship Delights – Part Two

Days ago in Rest in Hope, I posted Part One of “Friendship Delights” that shared about the bond of David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Another favorite bible friendship story is that of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi’s two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah became widows, as did Naomi. After her husband passed, returning to her homeland, Judah, was Naomi’s mission. Orpah and Ruth told Naomi that they’d go with her to her people. Naomi discouraged them both, but Ruth persisted. She said to Naomi these words from the book of Ruth 1:16 – KJV, “. . . Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” How touching is that love, loyalty and devotion?

Naomi convinced Orpah to return to her kinfolk, but Ruth refused to be deterred. Off she went with her mother-in-law to a destiny of which she likely had no foreknowledge. Upon reaching and settling in Judah, Ruth listened to her mother-in-law’s wise and timely advice. Subsequently, Ruth gained Boaz as a husband and he gained a jewel of a wife. Ruth conceived and birthed Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David. Little known is that, according to the genealogy in Matthew 1:5, Rahab, the harlot, — Joshua 2 — was the great-grandmother of David.

Ruth 4:18 – KJV:

Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, and Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Matthew 1:5 – KJV:

. . . And Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.

Note: The spellings of the subject names differ in the Old and New Testaments.

I end this with a salute to my nearest and dearest best friend, Arnetta, who has passed on, but memories of her remain solidly in my heart. Ours was a proven and treasured friendship — indeed. The photo that accompanies this piece is of Arnetta and I from “back in the day.”

Abortion has been a topic that has stirred passionate responses from antiquity. While this is a medical process, the procedure often combines the ending of life with severe brutality- for both the unborn and the mother. While technology has made the procedure quicker in the modern era, the methods are frighteningly similar to those used in more ancient periods. One of the most renowned Church Fathers was Tertullian, living around 200 AD. Abortion and infanticide were practices the ancient world knew well and he spoke strongly against them. He said: “Among surgeons’ tools there is a certain instrument that is designed with a nicely-adjusted flexible frame for first of all opening the uterus and then keeping it open. It also has a circular blade, by which the limbs within the womb are dissected with careful, but unflinching care. Then a copper spike is driven into the unborn to take its life. From this infanticide method, some gave it the name, ‘Killer of the Infant’.” Tertullian, in another article, writes: “Are youContinue reading »

Sitting under the open sky, I marvel at the changes that occur in its coloring and cloud formations. The blue sky is a canvas for the birds in flight. They fly in symmetry, flapping their wings, and soaring rhythmically in the air. Playfully, the birds frolic in contentment as they thrive in what God so generously provides. Ah! What captivating beauty on display. I embrace the pleasure of the views. There come moments that teach me as I watch and breathe in the awe of creation. One morning, I noticed that a dirty cup was floating in the water where ducks were swimming. They nonchalantly swam by the cup as if they didn’t even notice it. Right after, two birds flew over the dirty cup — unbothered by its presence. God used those observances to reinforce to me that the “dirty cups” in my life shouldn’t cause me to forsake the rhythm of my journey. Truly, I sat there in appreciation for that deeply meaningful lesson learned from ducks andContinue reading »

Oh, the plights of whistleblowers. Yes, indeed, they go against the grain in their actions. The motives for blowing whistles vary with reasons that range from selfish, vengeful, courageous, honorable and loving. Disgruntled employees are in the mix of whistleblowers as are folks who are genuinely grieved by what set them on courses to expose destructive and criminal activities. Below are two famous examples of whistleblowers. Karen Silkwood was a chemical technician and labor union activist. She worked for Kerr-McGee. Karen reported and testified about concerns relative to unsafe conditions in her workplace. In route to meet a journalist and a union official — mysteriously, Karen was killed in a car accident. A 1983 Academy Award nominated film, Silkwood, was made about her case. Did Karen lose her life for being a grain resister — a woman who refused to be silent upon discovery of vitally unsafe conditions in her workplace? It’s highly likely that that’s precisely what occurred. Marie Ragghianti, chairwoman of Tennessee’s Board of Pardons and Paroles wasContinue reading »

Recently, I watched a YouTube documentary video titled, Water: The Great Mystery. That program was strikingly interesting. In one part, two bowls of water were placed in front of a dog. The dog chose the spring water, the better of the water choices. I was like, “Wow, how did the dog know?!” Largely, before I viewed that water documentary, I’d taken water for granted. The program taught of many benefits of water — the power of water — the memory of water — the “personality” of water, etc. In the very beginning of the bible, water is mentioned in Genesis 1:2 – KJV, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” In the book of Kings, Naaman dipped in the water of Jordan and was healed of leprosy. 2 Kings 5:14 – KJV, “Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying ofContinue reading »

“Don’t you know that 70,000 girls ages 15-19 die each year from pregnancy and childbirth?” I was discussing God with a young woman and she had discovered I was opposed to abortion. She couldn’t believe I would be against something that to her was so obviously right. She looked at me with a dark frown and sneered, “You know, babies that do survive have a 60% higher chance of dying.” Survive what? Surviving the pregnancy? She examined my face for a moment, probably in the hopes that I would see the light and I’d agree with her, but since I didn’t respond she shrugged her shoulders and shouted, “Abortion is needed. It’s the only sane solution for these poor girls.” Then she took off in a huff, no longer willing to discuss the issue with such an ignorant and uninformed creature like myself. There was much I could have said, like, ‘how come we live in a society where it is normal that thousands upon thousands of immature, young teensContinue reading »

“It’s your body,” sighed the nurse in the abortion clinic while she shook her head. “You don’t have to let a fetus boss you around.” She rolled her angry eyes at Esther who had come in for counsel as she was contemplating having an abortion, but was battling with conflicting emotions. It seemed everyone knew what to do, except her. Her husband didn’t want the baby, the clinic didn’t think it was a big deal and plenty of well-meaning friends had told her it would be over before she knew it. Still… Her husband was particularly concerned about the finances. “A child,” he had yelled, “costs tens of thousands of dollars. First you have to birth that baby and then you need to raise it, educate it and take care of it. We would have to get another job.” His angry face had scared her and when he had told her to go make an appointment in the abortion clinic she had dutifully complied. Still… She looked around at theContinue reading »

You may or may not have heard the story of the blind men and the elephant. It is a funny little story that is often being used by the relativist to claim that nobody can really know the truth, and therefore nobody should tell other people what to do. This comes in especially handy as an argument against Christianity. The fable goes that a bunch of blind men stumbled upon an elephant and were asked to describe what an elephant is like. Since these poor fellows had no sight, they had to rely on their sense of touch. The first blind man managed to touch the elephant’s leg and boldly claimed that the elephant was like a strong and mighty tree. The next blind man however only got hold of the elephant’s trunk and claimed with conviction, “No, an elephant is not at all like a tree. An elephant resembles a huge rubber cable.” Another blind man felt the elephant’s tail and insisted that an elephant was like a tinyContinue reading »