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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

I’m the One Who Needs Forgiven

Good morning, Father! I am so grateful that this has become a regular part of my schedule. I would ask that You would help me to never take it for granted but that I will always cherish our time together. And I think that’s what is foundational is that I cherish You! I have incalculable reasons why I should cherish You, I just need help realizing them. As Your Word directs, may I love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength!

Colossians 3:13 (<<click here)

Forgiveness – Lord, over my lifetime we have worked through so many incidents where I have needed to forgive. Most I can’t even recall but a few of them were huge! Being asked to step down from an associate pastor’ position with no reason given, being unable to refinance our home because of an employer’s comments, being encouraged to leave the nest of security in another associate pastor’s position to became a Senior pastor when I felt I wasn’t ready. In those situations the hurt, the confusion, the anger – they consumed my every thought it seems. In the heat of the moment, I was unable – make that unwilling to forgive. Together, You helping me, I have been able to forgive. Thank You, Lord that I no longer have to carry that baggage.

And looking back, I am the better for the experiences I have had. Sometimes things just don’t make sense – we just have to move on. Sometimes people are just apathetic to our situations, but we just must press on towards our goal – and sometimes we are the problem. Many times people love us and want what is best for us but we are blinded by fear and uncertainty. When the dust finally clears we find we are the ones who need forgiven.

Lord, thank You for taking the hard times, the extremely difficult times of my life and using them to make me stronger, to make me more sensitive to the needs and predicaments of others, to make me more and more appreciative of what You have done for me.

June 22nd, Mon, 5:58 am