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“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” 

                         ~ Arthur Conan Doyle
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?
~ Galatians 5:13
I sit in the corner, if given the chance.
Back to the corner, I can sweep with a glance.
The room full of people, relationships bare.
A room full of strangers or church members there.
Then he enters in, and all I can see,
is his reflection, the room is all free.
The gift is not opened by all in the place.
But this day, I open it.  That pendant marked Grace.
A New Hallelujah
Because of Him,

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Lift them up!

Where there is no imagination there is no horror. 

 ~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.
~  1 Peter 5:8-9
I don’t need much help imagining.  I love high fantasy literature, and some of my favorite authors for this are J.R.R. Tolkien,  C. S. Lewis, and N. D. Wilson.  If you don’t know N.D.’s work, reading some of his adult inspirational literature will give you a faith life.
His latest book is Death by Living and he supports the idea that we should arrive in heaven empty, having used everything we have been given for the Lord.  What a great goal!  Then why do I get so churned up over injustices, unkindness, politics of all kinds?
When I read this morning’s scripture in The Message, I heard Frank Bruno’s voice! Eugene Peterson’s delivery was just as straightforward as my friend Frank’s.  I think it was perfect timing as God’s always is.  I need to remember who is really in control and pray for those who despitefully use us, and those around us.  “He gets the last word; yes, he does.”    I need to stop using my imagination so well for horror, and keep my focus.
Today, look for the joy in knowing who is in control, and pray for those who are meanest, lift them up to the Lord.  
Because of Him,

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