We are an array of hues, races, and cultures in the family of God No two of us are alike – God is the Father of assorted types We think, express and do common things, but our differences have value, as well We are blended in the family of God – It’s such a rich heritage God loves us all and treats us as individuals, but we all gain from group attention and “hugs” Truly, the manifold blessed assurances are treasures to behold – We flourish as children of the Most High Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name Thank you that we have the privilege of being in your blended family.

The other day I read a touching tale that holds an encouraging lesson for us as children of God. The story was telling the tale of the damaged relationship between a father and his daughter, and the consequent scars on both of their hearts. Because of miscommunication and misunderstanding both of them had tucked their feelings for each other far away in dark basements of their hearts, but no matter how far we try to hide our pain unless we find real healing, such hurts will always continue to affect us and radiate confusion into our daily lives. One day, the daughter found out that her father was dying. This time she could no longer refuse to visit the man who had been such an integral part of her youth. When she came in they both stared at each other for some time in silence. At last, the old man looked up and said in weak tones, “Thank you for coming, my dear daughter. You know… I have always lovedContinue reading »

We live in an age when things expire quicker than some of us can keep up. I’ve had instances when comfort and ease have been attained relative to usage of particular computer software. Too often when I reach that level of “cruising” through, the tech folks roll out yet another upgrade or advancement that installs me back in learning mode. Typically, I hold on to what I gained ease of operation in UNTIL the techies render something inoperable UNLESS I upgrade. The expiration manifestation once again rears its “head.” I’m super delighted that God never expires. Yes, Almighty Lord is current yesterday, today and forever. It’s great comfort to know that he is ever present with incomparable thoughts, expressions, and actions. Nothing is too hard for God. We can rest assured that when we consistently purpose to align with godly precepts, the Lord provides our needs and gives us the desires of our hearts. My spirit soars with gratitude for the greatness of God. Wow, the delight is enormous. Yes,Continue reading »

Veteran’s Day is approaching. It’s upon us on November 11th. Major salutes extend to the many veterans who contributed to the causes of our nation’s interests. We sure do need military personnel to aid in the advancement of our united matters. My uncle is a veteran as is my father. Love and honor flow for their service to our country. We who haven’t experienced armed forces actions can never fully understand the experiences and the camaraderie that soldiers hold dear. They invested blood, sweat and tears in the varied activities. Certainly, it isn’t an easy living being subjected to constant uncertainties, threats, and sacrifices. Also, military family members endure through the variables of their loved ones in the branches of service living. Of course, there are joys and triumphs included in the mixes. Lifelong friendships occur, celebrations happen, and great connections result. Also, the bonuses of being exposed to unfamiliar cultures and locales prove advantageous. Yes, it’s beneficial spiritually, socially and professionally to engage with various classes and culture. InContinue reading »

The Bible has not much good to say about human pride. Of course, not all forms of pride are bad. There’s nothing wrong with a painter taking ‘pride in his work,’ or a father who is proud of his son when the child accomplishes a difficult job. But the selfish kind of pride, the pride that wants to elevate itself above others and believes it is better than the person next door, is a formidable enemy we should not underestimate. It’s the disease that transformed the archangel into the devil, and it has caused many a good man to fall. And in truth, we all have a touch of the disease. Therefore, we would do well to be on guard. There is a funny story that illustrates the senselessness of pride. The story tells of two ducks and their dear friend the frog living in a delightful pond in the lush garden. However, the land was hit by a terrible drought, and soon the water in the pond dried up.Continue reading »

In the Bible, the name of the mother of Moses isn’t given. The act — Exodus 2:3 — that she did resulted in Moses being brought into the care of the daughter of king Pharaoh. The king’s daughter paid wages for a woman to nurse Moses unaware that that woman was his mother. Moses grew in the house of Pharaoh, learned the ways of the Egyptians, and became the main man who God used in the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. The deed of Moses’ mother set essential “wheels” in motion on behalf of the people of Israel. In the book of Judges, Chapter 4, we read about the brave actions of Deborah, the prophetess who judged Israel for a season. I love reading about her role as a judge. She issued instructions and was instrumental in the execution of the tasks necessary to assure victory. She was a woman on a mission that indeed got accomplished, of course, with the hand of God in theContinue reading »

Tributes are indeed fitting for the godly, noble and courageous women mentioned in the Bible. We read about precious, Mary, the mother of Jesus and her dear cousin Elizabeth who gave birth to John the Baptist. John baptized Jesus and we read in Matthew 3:17 – KJV, these words spoken by God, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” I wonder what it was like for those two women to raise Jesus and John. Imagine those spirited households! Certainly, God knew who’d make the best mothers. We don’t know whether John was an only child of his parents. The Bible does tell us that Jesus had sisters and brothers. It had to be strikingly interesting to raise the Son of God in the home with siblings not charged with such awesome missions to accomplish. Huge admiration swells for Mary’s role in the rearing of Christ Jesus. Of course, Joseph had a vital role, as well. Elizabeth’s role was an important one, too, with her husband ZachariasContinue reading »

Scores of folks gathered to witness the Olympic athletes compete. Some of the competitors have stories of courage and perseverance that testify of their faith and grit. Yes, stories of determination and steadfast stances not to quit. I think back to the 1996 Olympics when American gymnast Keri Strug injured her ankle. Her limp revealed to the world audience that she was in pain. What did she do? She bravely stayed in the competition, got on that vault and obtained a score high enough to secure the gold medal win for the team. Her coach carried her to the medal stand to join her team members. The courageous act of Keri was one of the certain highlights at the Olympics that year! The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9:24 – KJV, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that you might obtain.” Throughout his writings, we note the courage of Paul in the midst of numerous boutsContinue reading »

When the wife told her husband about a new invention she had heard about, he laughed and scoffed: “Sometimes I really wonder about you. You are so ignorant and believe just about anything. What you’re saying there can never happen.” Her eyes were sad as she answered him in soft tones, “But it’s true. I read about it in a magazine, but you never believe me.” The man shook his head in disgust, grumbled another complaint, and continued reading the sports page of his newspaper. Unbelief hurts. When people do not believe you and make fun of you, it is hard to bear. There’s almost no offense so hard to bear as being called a liar, for although people would be quick to say they don’t mean it, a liar is inherently what people call you when they don’t believe you. How does that apply to God and faith in God? Unbelief in God is, in essence, the same as calling Him a liar. The Apostle John agrees. He said:Continue reading »

The Norwegian pastor and author Ole Hallesby wrote in his delightful book, “Prayer,” the following: “Listen, my friend! Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness.” Helplessness is an emotion we do not readily accept as a good emotion. When we are confronted with problems the first thing we usually do is to feverishly consider the options and we will strive to find a solution. That is our human, carnal nature. As humans, we seem to pride ourselves in solving our own problems and this forces us to lean to our own understanding. And we keep doing it until we realize our own understanding is not enough. Then we sigh in desperation, and finally, we feel utterly helpless. Like the Psalmist in Psalm 107; weContinue reading »

I am an Angel; one of many. I have been sitting here for hundreds of years. Rarely called upon, for some odd reason. So, I simply watch and watch…and watch. I’ve seen so many things. I have so many stories to tell. Would you like to hear? Would anyone listen? Perhaps. These stories aren’t stories. No. They are the lives of people I’ve seen, heard…and cried over. They all seem to look this way and ask: “Why didn’t You save me?” One particular occasion: The Throne Room was filled with angels. A chill in the air. Silent, as the man walked down the Great Hall, enormous columns seemed to envelop him. He knelt at the Throne, rather composed, yet his fists were clinched. I flew forward, resting on the edge of a balcony to listen closely as he spoke: “What happened?” The man began to rock back and forth. “What did I do to deserve this? Did I not do everything You asked? Did I not obey to the lastContinue reading »