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You’re a good good Father

“I have spread my dreams under your feet
tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.” 

~ William Butler Yeats, “He wishes for the cloths of heaven,” 1899

 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
     ~ Luke 11:10-13
     We grow up, watching our parents, choosing the things we don’t like about the way they “parent us” claiming “I will never do that when I am a parent.  And then we become parents.
     We may not do the things we dreaded that our parents did, but somehow we come up with our own special glitch. Some that make our own children say, “When I am a parent, I will never do that.”  We try to step outside of our worst nightmares and do wonderful things for our children, and those are not to be discounted, but we also say things out of fear, hope, anger, dreams we never fulfilled that guide or sting our children.  Then they say, “I’ll never do that when I have kids.”
      The bottom line is: we all make wonderful choices, and awful mistakes.  It is so hard to give ourselves a break, and not focus on the things that hurt, the things that we would do differently.  The one thing that redeems us (my opinion) is that we have trained our children to know and love God, who is the perfect parent, the perfect friend.
     That is a wonderful thing.  When they look up, when they get to know God, God will fill in the gaps that we have missed, remove the splinters (if they allow it) that they have gotten caught on.
     Lord, you’re a good good Father and we thank you for straightening our course, tending our wounds, healing our hearts.
Because of Him,

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Help Me Find It

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.[a] Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.

~ Colossians 4:5-6
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.  
~ William Butler Yeats
Something that I have been experiencing of late speaks to both ends of the conversation spectrum.  In one scenario, a personal conversation is already in progress that I was not at the beginning of, and the speaker is trying to talk with me as if I know what has transpired.  It is awkward and I have entered the room only to do something related to a task or speak to someone that is engaged in that conversation.  My usual response to this is to leave the room after excusing myself.  If I am not a part of the conversation, I know enough to leave.  If I am to made a part of this conversation then being brought up to speed is a factor, but usually not necessary at that moment.
The other scenario involves walking into a room where all conversation stops.  This is also awkward, leaving my imagination to play on broken equipment rather than having a healthy response.  But my reaction is the same, I make my excuses, or get the attention of the person I wish to speak with and then leave the room.  
It is hard to be gracious, lightly salted rather than pull out the whole spice cabinet or begin to put ingredients together that don’t necessarily go.
Today, as you go about your conversations, be as gracious as possible.  Try to keep others out as the “topic” of the conversation in whole rooms of folks or keep yourself out if you walk into one of those. Emotions are running high this time of year in educational institutions as the end of the year duties are upon the employees and the students. Emotions are running especially high this year on the East Coast due to natural and man-made disasters.  If you live elsewhere, you know the disasters that are affecting you and those around you.  If you are the outsider, lean on God for instruction as logic can but does not always dictate the proper course of action.
I love the new song, “Help Me Find It.”  As this path gets twisty it is what I am hanging on to for the rest of the year.
Because of Him,
Help me Find it.

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