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Every Moment

May 21st, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Use all your skill to put me together;
I wait to see your finished product.

Psalm 25:21, MSG

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Sometimes I forget: Right now, and in every moment, God is making me.

Lord, as you stitch and mend me, piece by piece, lead me to recognize and receive your love in every moment — in Christ, I pray.

 

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
― Frederick Buechner



Woven Into Love

May 11th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery.

—Colossians 2:2, MSG

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Seeing this stack of expertly made blankets at a farmer’s market in New Mexico invites closer inspection. You can’t help noticing the vivid variety of patterns, textures, and colors on display.

Many of us have heard the comparison made between a person’s life and a hand-woven tapestry. When thinking about this on a larger scale—viewing our lives not only from a solitary standpoint but from the perspective that God is weaving us together into his love—what else do we see?

Lord, let my first thought each morning direct my heart to Your love. As I focus on You, help me to see my life and the coming day as an integral part of Your unfolding design, in which every moment becomes an opportunity for me to receive and respond to your love—in Christ, I pray.  

 

Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.

— Corrie ten Boom



How Can It Be?

April 6th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , ,

‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love Divine!

- Charles Wesley

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“It is the easiest thing in the world to obey God when He commands us to do what we like, and to trust Him when the path is all sunshine,” Theodore H. Cuyler asserts. “The real victory of faith is to trust God in the dark, and through the dark.”

Trusting God in the dark—and through the dark—does not make sense from a purely logical perspective. Darkness provokes distrust, disorientation, and a troubling sense that all is not as it should be.

Think of your life’s journey. After arriving at a place when you felt as if you were walking in the dark, where have you looked to discover which way to go? In what and whom have you trusted?

Thankfully, trust does not depend on our sensory perceptions for validation. Trust is not about positive feelings—it is about childlike faith.

Finding our bearings when we are walking in the dark—when fear or doubts come creeping onto our path, into our heart—comes about as we turn first in prayer to some Scriptures we have learned, and we draw from our memory: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV). We remember Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1, ESV). And the apostle Paul’s blessing to Rome’s earliest Christians: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13, ESV).

Trust . . . hope . . .belief. How willing are we to walk into unfamiliar territory, into a place where God requires us to prayerfully rely upon Him alone? To go where our Shepherd leads, even when we cannot make sense out of our surroundings? To believe Jesus with childlike trust?

We can count on this: God’s love for us surpasses our utmost expectations, our best hopes, our most far-reaching desires for our life—and no matter how today appears, we can find rest in knowing His plans and purposes for us will not fail.

“I am the light of the world,” said Jesus. “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12, ESV). When we do not know the “why” behind what we are going through, we can trust the Lord to light the way ahead—trusting, hoping, believing. Even in the darkness.