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Compassion Shines Through

It’s been a full day, Father, and I’m taking the time now to sit down and see what You have for me today. May my heart be bent to Your teaching. Amen.

Matthew 14:13-14 (<<click the green)

Lord, a particular incident in Your life comes to mind as I read through this passage. (It is recorded in both Matthew 8:23-27 and in Mark 4:35-41.) You are in a boat with Your disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee and You are so tired that You fall asleep. You are so dead tired that a storm threatening to swamp the boat doesn’t wake You…but the need of Your companions does.

In today’s passage, “as soon as [You] heard the news [of John’s death], [You] left in a boat to a remote area to be alone.” You were exhausted. You were in mourning. Your cousin and predecessor, John was dead. The evils of sin were victorious once more…and John’s life was forfeit.

All you wanted to do was to get away from it all for a bit – You needed some alone time. We all surely do in those times of life. But did You get what You sought after? No… When “the crowds heard where [You were] headed” they “followed on foot from many towns.”

I’m sorry to say that my response would probably have been less than cordial. I probably would have changed course and headed to another area of coastline. I probably would have been perturbed (putting it mildly). But You? You “saw the huge crowd” and “had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

Just like You did on the boat in the storm, You didn’t think of yourself. You saw the needs of others. You, who had every right to put yourself first, stepped back and took care of our needs. You sacrificed so that our needs might be met. You calmed the storms…and You still do. Your compassion shines through – beyond Your weariness and grief – and You heal our sicknesses…and You still do.

Lord Jesus, first of all, thank You for Your unsurpassable love. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for giving Your all to meet our need. And then secondly, I pray for me. Open my eyes. Soften my heart. May I have compassion on those around me who may not even know their need of a Savior. May I point them to You. Amen.

May 9th, 2018, Wed, 8:22 pm

Caught Off Guard

Thank You, Father, for an exceptionally productive day yesterday. All the pieces and parts are ready for Sunday and I got some much-needed work done in our yard barn. Thank You, too, for a good night’s sleep.

Revelation 1:7 (<<click green)

Lord, I truly believe that this verse illumines a key truth. When it says “everyone will see [You]” and “all the nations will mourn for – because of – [You] ”, it is making it clear that we – all of humanity will know it is You. There will be no guessing or wondering, we will know.

We may run from You, say we don’t believe in You and ignore You. We can say You don’t exist and that Your are not who You claim to be…but down, down deep in our soul we know the truth. We can deny it all we want, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

When You come “with the clouds of heaven” the entirety of humanity will see You and instantly know when You are…and we will morn. The Amplified Bible spells it out when it says,

“all the tribes (nations) of the earth will mourn over him [realizing their sin and guilt and anticipating the coming wrath].”

Lord, I don’t’ know where I will be when this event takes place but I can say this with great assurance, “I know now who You are.” I will not be caught off guard. I will not be unprepared. I will be ready! Help me, Lord, to diligently be about Your work that I may show many others the way into Your kingdom so they will know You now as well. Amen.

June 9th, Fri, 6:40 am

Mold and Shape Us

Even at this early hour, Father, many things are running through my mind – joy in seeing Your mighty hand at work in the life of a newborn recovering from life changing surgery – thinking, with a heavy heart, of events which transpired at work yesterday and what it means for parties involved – a gamut of emotions but though I feel both joy and sorrow the depths of what I feel is nothing compared to the joy the mother of the newborn is feeling or the sorrow of the life changing events with which  the individual from work is dealing.

And, Father, You permeate the mix – You are right there with us, rejoicing when we rejoice and there to console us in our loss. But what is our response to You? It is easy to give You praise in the midst of blessing… but can we do so in times of heartache? If we can, it would help us. Sometimes we are able to do so but only after a period of time.

There are times when, because of our own actions, we experience heartache. We did something we should not have done or we didn’t do something we should have done. Either way we must deal with the consequences. It may seem odd but praise is appropriate. We can praise because now that it is exposed we can deal with it – no more hiding, no more denying, no more avoiding it. Even if sin is involved we can praise because if we repent, You love us and will forgive – new slate, new start – move on.

We can praise in that everything we experience in life can be built upon. You use it all to mold and shape us into what we need to be – even the bad stuff can be used. It can make us more sensitive to the plight of others. It can strengthen our own fortitude so as not to fall again. It can be a catalyst to move us on to bigger and better things. It can help us see the importance of our relationship with You – more dependence on You and less on ourselves.

Lord, help me this day to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and “mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15 Remind me to pray for them and help me to remember that in my walk with You, that You “must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30 Amen.

May 11th, Tues, 5:51 am