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Lest I Forget

Thank You for a beautiful day with Karen yesterday, Father. Our day spent in Amish Country was filled with peace and love. Your presence and touch were felt throughout the day. I am truly blessed! I look forward to sharing this day with You as well.

Lord, how soon we forget…Houston has been reeling under the effect of Hurricane Harvey but it’s hard to believe that Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans almost 12 years ago to the day! Has New Orleans fully recovered? Mostly but not entirely. I read that only about 40% of the population of the lower 9th ward has returned – it was an oppressively poor area and people could not afford to do so. But would most of us have even thought about that if Harvey had not have come barreling in? …probably not.

Do we remember those amongst us who have lost loved ones and have had to deal with life altering changes? Have we forgotten those who have been victorious over overwhelming health issues but are still dealing with the aftermath of their battle? How about those who were vibrant members of our churches and things happened, all kinds of things could have happened, and they are nowhere to be found…do we care?

Lord, how soon we forget…

In thinking of forgetting an old hymn, Lead Me to Calvary, comes to mind. Its refrain reads,

Lest I forget Gethsemane;
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.

We tend to move on with our lives. If it does not directly impact our daily comings and goings it falls away in our rearview mirror and is soon forgotten. But, Lord, we must not forget these things. And most importantly it is surely to our detriment to forget You. We go through the motions of worship and churchmanship but do we focus so much on the “things” of life that we forget You and all You have done for us?

Without You, we have no meaning… Without You, we have no future… Without You, we are lost… Lord, help us to remember. Lest I forget Gethsemane; Lest I forget Thine agony; Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary. Amen.

Sept 1st, Fri, 6:57 am

Love Lustres at Calvary

The last several days, Father, have been very full and the nights have been short. I’m a little later in coming to sit with You this morning but I am grateful that You are with me always. May I hear what you have to say to me today. I am compelled this morning to just read through today’s Puritan Prayer. It is so full. I must read it over and over, allowing it to speak to me – pausing, pondering, processing – reading it repeatedly, reflectively. Thank You, Lord, for all You have done and continue to do. I owe all I am and ever will be to You.

LOVE LUSTRES AT CALVARY

My Father,
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections, open my lips,
     supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on thy Son,
     made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man, thy fellow;
There thy infinite attributes were magnified,
     and infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due,
     and infinite punishment was endured.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
                       cast off that I might be brought in,
                       trodden down as an enemy
                            that I might be welcomed as a friend,
                       surrendered to hell’s worst
                            that I might attain heaven’s best,
                        stripped that I might be clothed,
                        wounded that I might be healed,
                        athirst that I might drink,
                        tormented that I might be comforted,
                        made a shame that I might inherit glory,
                        entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
                         groaned that I might have endless song,
                         endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
                         bore a thorny crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
                         bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
                         experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
                         closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded
                              brightness,
                         expired that I might for ever live.

O Father, who spared not thine only Son that thou mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and accomplished;
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.

– The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
Compiled by Arthur Bennett
©
 The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975

Sept 14th, Wed, 9;14 am

Live Long and Prosper

As the seasons once again begin their rotation Father, I am reminded of You. It makes me think of Your consistency – You are not fickle, or change Your mind willy-nilly. You are the same every day, time continues to tick away. We, as leaves, fall and the world marches on. But You, You are always there constant, steady, stable. It also makes me think of Your creativity, Your attention to detail, literally variety to the nth degree. And not just leaves, people, too! All shapes and sizes and hues – and You personally know each and every one. You’re re the awesome creator of us all, praise Your Holy Name!

1 Timothy 4:6-10 (<<click here)

Lord, in this passage I am admonished to be “nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching [I] have followed.” I am encouraged to not waste time on worthless discussions but to “train [myself] to be godly.”

Society is obsessed (that seems to be putting it mildly) with what we do with and put into our bodies. Exercise and diet is very important to maintain good health and it’s a necessity if we want to fulfill Spock’s statement of “Live long and prosper.”

We can invest all the time and money we want in maintenance but regardless this shell of our soul, that we call the body, will inevitably collapse. As time continues to tick away our body with slow down, little by little, until it stops completely. But what of our soul? It will not stop but how do we maintain its “health”?

As Paul states we must nourish it with faith and good teaching not wasting time or worthless things and we must train ourselves to be godly. Our regiment should be filled with a day partaking of Your Word – the Bread of Life will sustain us. We must exercise our ability to come to You in prayer, lifting our needs to You and carrying the daily responsibility of being faithful and obedient to your guidance and obedience.

Lord, help me to listen to You – my ultimate spiritual trainer – to follow Your example in all I say and do!

Sept 11th, Fri, 6:31 am