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When I can’t, God can!

To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. 
 
                                                           ~ Mary Oliver
 

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

                                               ~ Ephesians 3:20-21

      A friend of mine used to say that God was so much more willing to help us than we are willing to ask.  This goes for just about everything.  I have been plagued with what I thought was a friendship for most of my adult life.  Subsequently, I missed out on what a healthy friendship looks like.  There are many I love, but have not reciprocated their invitations with invites of my own.  I judge myself before I even give them the opportunity, or, worse, I judge what I believe they will think of me once they have been to my home.  All of this based primarily upon a life time of a disappointing “best friend.”

    After reading the advice by Mary Oliver, a treasured poet and a practical one as well, I believe I have passed the holding on by about three decades.  Today, I believe I will write a litany of letting go for this friendship that shaped my life and ways of looking at friendship.  I am so thankful for some precious sisters in Christ who show me the love of God with every glance, with every action, even if we cannot see each other always.

     Today, consider beginning to let go of that thing or person that holds you back.  And don’t forget to ask God for help.

     Because of Him,

     Linda

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Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed.  

 
 ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

 

~ Ephesians 3:20-21

 

I have become somewhat obsessed with Quincy Jones’ Handel’s Messiah, a Soulful Celebration.  I wonder if Handel ever imagined that his life’s work could enfold a people, their history, their struggle, worship.  Every time I listen to this overture, the tears flow. It is a partial history of African American music.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKOm_YT2Wcc)

 

At first, I was resistant to this interpretation of a classic, as I was to Sister Act‘s interpretation of “Joyful, Joyful.”  Then I started doing some light research into Handel’s Messiah.  It was written in 1741, at a time when slavery was established in the colonies in the United States. Established and accepted.  Handel was inspired by his friend and librettist Charles Jennens, who has previously collaborated with Handel on other works.  It took 24 days for Handel to write the Messiah. He then had a public rehearsal which generated quite a buzz.

 

I am unsure about the circumstances surrounding Quincy Jones’ Messiah debut, but it has done nothing by win awards, inspire new performances, release captives of a different kind.

 

It took Handel 24 days to write this masterpiece, and centuries later it is still inspiring others.  I know that only God knows what Handel and Jennens were thinking at the time, and the way that they may have prayed, and I also know that this “latest” iteration of the Messiah is not the last.  God is so much wider than our wanderings, bigger than anything we can imagine.  Give God your gifts. Use them in God’s name.  Watch them grow.

 

Because of Him,

Linda

 

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