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A Mighty Wind

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.  
                                                                      ~ Seneca
 

 

 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
                                                                    ~ Romans 8:1-2
 
Mothers Day brought a mighty wind. 
It blew blue haired, lace stockinged moms
sun-dressed, barebacked moms,
mother-daughter pairs in too short shorts,
hair wrapped moms,
stand-in dads,
bless-ed aunts,
a plethora of children,
and those who wanted for them.
 
It blew the petals from 
past-bloom tulips, flame red and yellow
in our path, chocolate ice-cream drips
from an over-packed cone
and an under-quick tongue.
 
The sparkle came from moistened
eyes, pregnant good-byes,
warming words, longing sighs,
mothers gone, children far
and near, meals shared.
 
Some say it was the mighty wind 
blew through Mothers Day.
I say the wind began with You.
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O Love of God

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. 
 
     ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book
 

 

9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

 

     ~ John 15:10The Message (MSG)

 
We (my husband and I) just returned home from a week’s stay in Virginia.  We had an incredible time of peaceful, restful activity, new experiences, old friends.  On the way to Virginia, we stopped in Pennsylvania at the Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church to visit with some friends.  We were too late for service, but the welcome we got from our friends, and from the few from the congregation was one that a person might receive from a favorite aunt, a long lost comrade, the body of Christ.  The right HUG of fellowship was exchanged and energized we were! 
 
 During the week, we explored the Skyline Drive, Luray Caverns, Shenandoah Caverns, several museums.  We had some quality time alone.  My walls fell away once more with my best friend and we had some wonderful communication.
 
On the return trip, we stopped at Opequon Presbyterian Church, where we knew absolutely no one, and were greeted with the same wonderful spirit that we met at Hope of Christ.  The webmaster of that church was among several who went our of their way to make us feel welcome.  Indeed, we felt at home in the love of God.  We then stopped to reunite with  a friend of mine from my Church of God days.  I had not seen her in 35 years and it was like yesterday.  She was a mentor for me both  musically and spiritually.  The warm welcome extended to both of our husbands who had never met and we became another extension of the body of Christ.  
 
I don’t know where you are traveling this summer, this week, today…but wherever it is, look for the signature love of God. Bring it with you, and enjoy the return.
 
O Love of God by Laura Story, Ian Cron, Cindy Morgan
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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Just the way she is?

Make your optimism come true. 

 
      ~Author Unknown

 

22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.

     ~ 1 Peter 1:24-25

 

There is a “B-52” in my circle of life that is invasive, loud, imposing, unforgiving, unrelenting.  I just go the other way when she comes near.  I spoke with a dear friend about the situation because I knew that this person was not going to change, and that I had to, but I did not know how to approach doing so.

Her words were simple, “Either love her the way she is, or stay out of her way.”  Of course I knew the right direction to follow. That first part of the phrase danced on my heart strings like a master violinist!  It is not easy, but slowly I can see the sparkle in the wave when she approaches, the way she interacts positively with many. She is who she is…just like me.  God loves me, so my prayer is that God will love this person through me.  

It may be uncomfortable for a time, but I know it means a growing time.  Here’s to the Master Gardener and possibilities.

Because of Him,

Linda

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Free to Be

We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.

 
~ Langston Hughes
 

32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

~ Romans 8:32

    New International Version (NIV)

 

Immediately I thought of human trafficking, war, immigrants yearning to be free from oppression, slavery. I read The Message first.  In The Message, Eugene Peterson takes this passage to a new level.  It will be the bulk of today’s devotional:

 

Romans 8:32

The Message (MSG)

31-39″ So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”

 

Now, as you stand at the bus stop, at the turn-style, sit in traffic at the light, wait at the Motor Vehicle Bureau, wait in court, fold laundry, change a diaper, change the oil in the vehicles, do a simple meaningless task whose only purpose seems to be that it clears your head…hold the vision of standing on top of the mountain, feeling free…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_26FOHoaC78

Free to Be You and Me

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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