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Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. 

                                               ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

     The day of the Lord is surely coming, as unexpectedly as a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the heavenly bodies will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be burned up.

     And so since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living!

                                                               ~ 2 Peter 3:10-11

                                                 
Look closely at the little boy’s hands.  Can you see that he is holding the light?  I saw him in a market in Maine, crouching down, chasing the light.  I asked his mom if I could take his picture, and took a chance on missing the moment, but, permission secured, I took a series of photos.

    “Mom! I caught a fairy!” He crouched there, not defining it any further, not trying to capture it, not moving, fully immersed in the experience.  He was, for me, an aspect of what pure worship might be. He followed the light, he “captured” it in his hands, and reverently soaked up the experience.  He did not question whether or not a fairy should be in a farmer’s market in August, or cry because he could not take it with him.  He immersed himself, and indeed not only did he take it with him, he gave anyone who was seeking more than a colorful bunch of carrots, something to behold and model.

    Lord, be our path.  Let us be led by you, your word, your Spirit, your light.  

Because of Him,

Linda

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Just Be Held

Sorrow makes us all children again — destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing. 
                                                        ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory.
                                       ~ Romans 15:7
 
     My Aunt, my favorite, most faithful aunt, my only remaining relative from that generation, is gone to be with the Lord.  We spent some glorious time together in this life.  She was there for my very first day in the world.  And she will be there for my very first day in the next, standing with the rest of my family.
     My Uncle and my family have been in touch every day.  We are telling stories back and forth, laughing, crying and being together as we can.  The best thing about this whole experience is this:  the Lord is present in every conversation, as are open hearts, open minds, pure love.
    Letting of her is hard.  Then I heard this song on K-Love yesterday.  Just Be Held by Casting Crowns.
 
     Just be held. Relax into the love, the tender mercies, the everlasting arms of the one who keeps you, who lay down His life for you, the one who knows you from before time began.  Just be held.
     Because of Him,
Linda
    Here are the lyrics:  
“Just Be Held”

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on

And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who wont let go

 
 

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Lights Down

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
                                                                 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
What a God! His road
    stretches straight and smooth.
Every God-direction is road-tested.
    Everyone who runs toward him
Makes it.
                                              ~ Psalm 18:30
 
     Sailing in my in-laws’ boat one evening, we turned off all the lights in the cabin, and lowered the lights on deck.  As we looked down the anchor line, tiny phosphorescent beings could be seen clustering around the rope.
     Driving in the country one summer night, the lights on the dash competed with the ability to see outside.  My husband instructed me to turn down the lights on the dash.  I remembered my dad doing this in the airplane, but had forgotten why.  Turning down the lights proved to improve my vision.  I could read the dash, and see the stars and soon, I could differentiate between the blues and blacks of the night sky.  It turned strain into pleasure. 
     As we traverse this road, these waters, sometimes all we want to do it turn up the lights, blast the darkness and get through it.  Look to the night sky, the new moon which begins in darkness, the bulb waiting patiently beneath the earth to push upward, to greet the day, to bloom.  
     Run toward God.  
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Something Beautiful

Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do.” 


 
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.[a] 12 Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you.13 (A)You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.
 
     ~ Jeremiah 29:11-13
Dear Ones,
I heard the tail end of this song yesterday, and knew it was a part of today’s devotional.
“He’s gonna take all the broken pieces
And make something beautiful like only He could
So put it all in the hands of the Father
Give it up, give it all over to
The only one who can turn it into
Something beautiful”
     We are all in situations of one sort or another.  We see the pieces, we cannot see the whole.  We rant and rave and lose our composure and wonder, “What good can come from this?”  After you read and possibly memorize the verse of this song, listen to the music.  So up beat, so helpful, such a good reminder of the plans that God has for you.
Lord, here, here are my broken pieces.  They seem to be mixed in with some others, I don’t know where they fit.  Take them Lord and make something beautiful as only you can.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
 
Something Beautiful – Steven Curtis Chapman
 
I see you sitting over there with your head in your hands
And the mess life’s made of your best laid plans
You really want to shake your fist
But you don’t know who to blame
Well you can blame yourself or the man upstairs
Or the guy on the screen who says he cares
But all the shame and the blame won’t change a thing
What’s done is done
But grace has just begun

And God’s says
I’m gonna turn it into something different
I’m gonna turn it into something good
I’m gonna take all the broken pieces
And make something beautiful like only I could
So put it all in the hands of the Father
Give it up, give it all over to
The only one who can turn it into
Something beautiful
Something really beautiful

We know the world got broke when it took the fall
And here we are living in the middle of it all
Longing, waiting for the day when everything’s restored
But the best of the beauty that we get to SEE
While we’re living down here in this “yet to be”
Is to watch God take the most broken things
And to hear Him say,
“When I get through, you’re gonna be amazed”

‘Cause I’m gonna turn it into something different
I’m gonna turn it into something good
I’m gonna take all the broken pieces
And make something beautiful like only I could
So put it all in the hands of the Father
Give it up, give it all over to
The only one who can turn it into

Something beautiful
Something beautiful
Something beautiful
Put all the pieces in His hands
And watch Him turn it into something beautiful

God’s gonna turn it into something different
He’s gonna turn it into something good
He’s gonna take all the broken pieces
And make something beautiful like only He could
So put it all in the hands of the Father
Give it up, give it all over to
The only one who can turn it into
Something beautiful
Something really beautiful
Something beautiful
Something really beautiful

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Trail of Light


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. 
 
     ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 

24-26 Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

     ~ Matthew 16:25

 

What an interesting set of directions!  Blaze a trail, and don’t lead.

Yesterday, I felt such a mix of emotions.  Happy to be a leader, happy to be a follower of the King, happy to be done with school, an ambivalent about not knowing the latest gossip about whatever tv show was being discussed.  And then I thought,  “In the world, not of it.”

Then I went through a period of feeling low.  Then I got excited because, riding on the hem of His garment, I can follow the Lord, be a leader and keep an eye out for important things from one important location, leaving a trail of light.  

Today, leave a trail of light.

Help Me Find It

Because of Him,

Linda

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Jewels of Love

It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen. 
 
     ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
 
     ~ Colossians 3:13
 
Here is Eugene Peterson’s The Message version of this verse:
 
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
My younger daughter has been helping me for several months, just by picking out my jewelry.  It has made me put my clothes in order in new combinations, and as a result, my mood is lighter, I am motivated in several ways to be lighter all the way around.  She took the time to put a note on my dresser upon which to lay my “jewels” so I would know her choice for the day.  It simply says, “I love you.”
 
Until I saw Eugene Peterson’s words, I did not put together that I dress in love every day, literally.  Now to remember to do it spiritually.  These carefully chosen jewels will help me to remember what I want others to feel, know, live in to.
 
Today, wear your own jewels of love, whether a ring, a comfortable sweater, a kind word, and share them.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

 

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