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Magnify the Lord

 

10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,[a]whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.
 
~ Acts 4:10, 12
 
If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. 

 
~ Robert Brault
 
 
When I think of Mary, the mother of Jesus, I do not think of a deity.  I can finally see her as human, and the perfect example of a follower of Christ.  But I cannot help but feel her pain on just one level as I contemplate this Easter season.  How did she watch him, every day, knowing in her heart where he was going? Did she see her role as steward, guarding and preparing a precious gift before he was returned to his father?  I wonder.
 
Those of you who are parents or in a parental capacity in your role as teacher, church leader, staff that works with God’s children…you know the pain of disappointment, discouragement, loss.  But you also know joys that only you can treasure; a first word, first step, first step in rehab, first good grade, first friend…you fill in the blanks.  
 
Mary managed to magnify the Lord from beginning to beginning.  She kept him safe, only to bear deep sorrow while she watched him leave his human shell.  He was healthy in her care, challenging, full of life, full of wisdom.  She too followed his word right to the cross, the grave, heaven.
 
Today, as you pray for those special children in your life, magnify the Lord.
Because of Him,
Linda
 
My soul doth magnify the Lord
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If I Had Words

Care of the soul is quite different in scope from most  modern notions of psychology and psychotherapy.  It isn’t about curing, fixing, changing adjusting or making healthy, and it isn’t about some idea of perfection or even improvement.  It doesn’t look to the future for an ideal, trouble-free existence.  Rather, it remains patiently in the present, close to life as it present itself day by day, and yet at the same time mindful of religion and spirituality… Care of the soul is a sacred art.

 
     Thomas Moore (1940-    )
     Psychotherapist and author
 
11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
 
     1 John 4:11-12
 
The Love of God
 
    Sometimes I think that the soul is like a thin membrane, easily torn, like the membrane around the egg, even after it is hard boiled.  I think it will dissolve like communion wafer on the tongue.  Yet, I have struggled with gristle (hard to see sometimes and harder to gracefully remove, and have known the strength of the placenta that endures for months in most cases, before the birth of a baby.  What God makes has to be valuable, strong and pliable and resilient.  I think that is why Thomas Moore used the word patiently in the phrase “patiently in the present.”
 
     Who among us does not long for the banqueting table, the banner of love unfurled above us in the halls of Heaven? Who has not imagined looking into the face of God and shining like the sun?  We must stay in the present, mindful of looking just above the horizon so the shore is clear.  We must offer our joys and concerns to the one who is shaping us, leading us, moving us forward through the largest trouble drifts we can imagine.  Once we cross over, our end zone “happy dance” will rival the prophets and kings, but for now,  we must be vigilant, faithful, artful…and practice that dance every chance we get.
 
If I had words to make a day for you.
 
     Because of Him,
     Linda

 

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