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And the Father Will Dance

Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”
 
~ John 10:29-30
 
 
The movie? Babe.  A story about a pig who became a sheep dog.
He wanted to do the job because the key dog was injured. He had a heart to do the job.  He was laughed at by all at first.  The only one who believed in hims was Farmer Hoggett at the beginning. And over the course of the film, the pig begins to believe in himself and gains the confidence of those key animals on the farm.
The farmer puts his whole trust and confidence in Babe.  Babe does the work that he needs to do despite ridicule and illness.  In his illness, the Farmer sings and dances for him ( http://safeshare.tv/w/GjqevVOwuG ).  He recovers and does on to win the competition against all odds!  
 
 
The best story for me however is the actor’s story of the way in which the pig changed his life.  He saw his father’s face in the lens of the camera.  He felt his father’s approval.
No matter what you are facing today, against all odds, the Father will dance over you in joy, the Father will soothe you with those words “That’ll do, pig, that’ll do.” (Well maybe not those words…)
Father, I lift up all who read this today and from this day forward.  Plunge them into your joy, let them rest in you as you dance before them.  Let them rise and go on to complete the task you set before them.
Because of Him,
Linda
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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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