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Cold World

It is a beautiful morning, Father – another gracious gift, one of an incalculable number of gifts, from Your almighty hand! All praise to my God and Creator! Amen!

Regardless of where we live, north or south, or the season in which we find ourselves, we live in a cold, cold world. So much pain and suffering, so much hate and violence, so much selfishness and greed – we are all chilled to the bone. Sin does that. We, in and of ourselves, can do nothing about it. We are condemned to suffer in a meaningless existence, frozen to the core.

I know it is spring – at least where I live – but all of John’s talk of love has brought this cold to mind.

I don’t recall meeting anyone who did not enjoy a crackling fire. In a fireplace inside or a fire ring outside, there is just something about a fire that draws you in. It is inviting. It is comforting. Regardless of gender, race or age, we like to sit and watch it do its thing, we enjoy basking in its warmth.

Love – real genuine love – does the same thing.

Lord, You are the source of all love, for You are love. 1 John 4:8, 16

“This is real love – not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” v16

“We know how much God loves us, and we put our trust in his love.” v16

“We love each other because he loved us first.” v19

Lord, I may live in a cold, cold world but the fire of Your love within me dispels the cold. Cold has no power of its own – it cannot recreate itself. In actuality cold does not exist, it is merely the absence of heat. May I radiate the heat – the love – that you have placed within me. May I be a comfort to those in need, to the lost, the hurting…and the frozen. May they be drawn to You through me. And may they welcome Your fire in themselves so the cold may be banished in their lives, as well. Amen!

May 16th, Tues, 6:26 am

Beautiful Day!

It is still dark out, Father but it is a beautiful day. Why shouldn’t if be so? I awoke this morning. You have blessed me beyond measure! It may be modest, but I have a beautiful home. She has yet to rise and will need to wash her hair and brush her teeth, but I am so blessed to have Your daughter as my bride and her beauty far exceeds the standards of this world! In the next couple of hours, I will once again walk through the doors of Kohl’s. I have been blessed with a job that meets my financial needs and has always been supportive when ministry calls – when I’ve had need to join families struggling in the ER and left work to do so, or when I’ve had to call off to officiate at many funerals over the years.

Lord, this is just the tip of the iceberg! It’s a beautiful day for You are by my side. Through every instance of life, smooth or rough, through joy or through tears, You are there.

Yes, You are with me, but on an even more celebratory note, I am with You because of Your sacrifice, Your grace, Your mercy. Because You loved me I can be with You. Your life’s blood covers my many sins so that I can come before You. Thank You, Lord! Praise Your Holy Name!

Use me this day, Lord, to radiate Your beauty to all who would cross my path. May I be a living, breathing reminder of what You can do for anyone. Thank You for the privilege of being Your servant. Amen!

Sept 23rd, Fri, 6:41 am