Joy in the Morning – Natalie Sleeth
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!
~ Romans 15:5-6
For some teachers across the USA, school is just about over. Others have another month or so before the doors close for the summer. Stress is high. Tasks to be completed, many. Teaching must still occur, kids must still be contained, and we must continue to observe the social amenities. HARD!
We (meaning I) must keep eyes just above the horizon that we might see the shore line, the welcoming committee, the goal.
I especially like the Basho quote. When the temple bell stops ringing, we must listen to the flowers.
They grow, they bloom, they praise, they return and so it goes. As we must continue to strive for the high mark, pouring our hearts out to God, we grow, bloom, praise, return and keep going.
The anthem I included is one we sang last Sunday. It pulls this scripture into focus for me. It holds the goal out so that we can see. The Glory of the Lord will shine!
Because of Him,