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A Kiss

Today has not gone as planned, Father, in that there are a few more hurdles to clear before being a full-time bus driver. But…I am not anxious, Father, for it is all Your hands as it has been from the beginning. You are the Lord of my life and Your will will be done regardless of the motives of any outside source!

Matthew 26:45-50 (<<click to read the passage)

Of all things – a kiss! When we think of kisses they are always a positive thing. Just this morning, a little one was waiting with her father to board the bus and when we pulled up and stopped, she took a step away and then without the slightest hesitation she turned and looked up and he bent, giving her a gentle kiss as he did. Simple…loving…caring… expressing a multitude of emotions and feelings in such a small gesture.

A note from the Amplified Bible states,

A kiss on either the hand or cheek was usually an act of homage and a common gesture of greeting and reverence given to a rabbi by his disciples, but done here to identify Jesus.

But Judas’ kiss was neither a kiss of love or of homage. It was a formality that pointed Jesus out, not because Jesus was hard to recognize, but because Judas had agreed to be the formal accuser in case a trial was called.*

Yes, it was a kiss but it was one of betrayal. Satan twists so many beautiful, meaningful things perverting them, distorting them.

Lord, what does this mean for me today? You call us to be the real deal, no deception, no masks, and no twists. May I be the genuine article in all – not just some – of my interactions with everyone with whom I come in contact. That’s what You did and what I must do as well. Amen!

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Nov 28th, 2018, Tues, 7:16 pm

Love Your “Family”

Today…well at least this morning just seemed to take it out of me… Father, I am so appreciative of Your comforting presence. Thank You for holding me close and loving me in spite of it all.

 1 Timothy 5:1-2 <<click here)

Our families play crucial roles in all our lives. And if they are to have the greatest beneficial impact then they must be families that are bent on living out Your call on their lives, Lord.

In this passage, Paul calls upon Timothy to interact with people in his church as he would with his own family. Now when I think about this in my own life it is not difficult to do so. I grew up in a loving, supportive family. I still love and respect my mom and my dad and my sister. I would do anything within my power to help them and they would do the same for me. I feel the same way, as time has moved on, about my wife, my son and my niece. I have a loving and supportive family so it’s easy to parlay that wonderful blessing over to those in my churches.

But, Lord, I am well aware of the fact that not everyone shares this blessing. Sin has brought much hurt and pain into families across the globe. Many will forever carry scars of abuse for the rest of their lives, be it emotional or physical. And of course, it is a multi-faceted problem involving relationships with parent to child and child to parent, husbands to wives and siblings to siblings.

Lord, a simple prayer seems too little too late to address this issue which is so deep and so wide, but I lift it up anyway. For You care about every child and man and woman who would do anything to be truly loved. I pray for them, Lord, but enable me… give me the wisdom and the power and the courage to be Your hands and feet… to love others as You have loved me… as You have inspired my family to love me and how I have loved my family. Help me, help us all, Lord to love You with “all of our heart, soul, mind and strength” and in so doing to love our neighbor (…our family) as ourselves.

Sept 18th,  2015, Fri, 6:57 am

Believing Equals Loving

Thank you, Father, for a very productive day today.  Tomorrow is a VERY big day with lots to accomplish but I find great comfort in knowing You are by my side. Your companionship is cherished!

1 John 3:11-24 (<<click here)

“And this is his command: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another.” v.23

Lord, as I pray and read through my study Bible* notes, I understand that first of all we must believe what You have said, that is very important but equally important is embracing who You are – You are the Son of God.

Believing “in the name” means that my goal is to pattern my life after Your life. And if I am doing that then I will abide by Your command and Your lifestyle to “love one another.”

It really is very much like a simple mathematical equation.

Believing Your words + believing You are God = loving one another

Living out my faith in You will always result in love. And that love has no exceptions. We cannot pick and choose – it is all-inclusive. In reading Your word, that is how You lived.

Thinking along those lines brings to mind a portion of a recent sermon. In the days before Your crucifixion, You loved Judas. He wasn’t excluded. He wasn’t avoided. You didn’t withhold Yourself from him. In the upper room, You washed his feet just as You washed everyone else’s feet. You loved him. You repeatedly gave him opportunity to turn from the path he was headed down.

Could I have done the same? Could I willingly love someone that I knew was going to betray me? Could I treat with tenderness the individual that I knew was the catalyst for my death?

You are my example, in the flesh. You lived out Your love, withholding absolutely nothing. Lord, make me like You. May my love grow deeper and stronger as I spend time with You. Amen.

May 5th,  2017, Fri, 5:11 am

Look at the Big Picture

Father, my work schedule has been all over the place and sleep has so often been elusive but You understand. I am not frowned upon by You, though I know You are disappointed when we don’t come together like this each day. I have been resting better recently and that helps so much, thank You. Help my desire to spend time with You to be far stronger than my desire for my bed. Amen.

Matthew 22:34-40 (<<click to read the passage)

Lord, I strive to keep the words of this passage at the forefront of my mind and quite often you place them on my lips at times of prayer before my congregations. I realize that they are so foundational to living out my faith.

One of the most difficult things about being certified to drive a school bus is all the things that have to be remembered. There are so many rules and regulations – it is overwhelming! It’s easy to see them in a negative light. But when I sit back and look at the big picture, those rules and regulations are not there just to frustrate me but they are there to make sure that I am most knowledgeable of how to best address the safety and well-being of the students under my care.

Lord, Your word can be overwhelming, too. It seems to just be full of dos and don’ts. But that’s what our finite minds see. If we can just open our eyes to the big picture we can begin to understand that it is all for our spiritual safety and well-being. And it is all wrapped up and saturated with love! Can anything be better than that?!

There is no reason to feel overwhelmed. It’s not an easy assignment but, as my study Bible* says, “Jesus said that if we truly love God and our neighbor, we will naturally keep the commandments. This is looking at God’s law positively. Rather than worrying about all we should not do, we should concentrate on all we can do to show love for God and others.”

Lord, may my greatest desire and highest priority be to spend time with You each day. By doing so I cannot help but love You more “with all [my] heart, all [my] soul, and all [my] mind.” For You are love and our time together will impact me in a great and mighty way. Then…I will be more able to love others as I should. Amen.

*Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation

Oct 15th, 2018, Mon, 7:33 am

We’ve Made Our Bed

(My apologies for yesterday’s post. There were technical difficulties and I was unable to fix them in a timely manner, having to be at work at 6:00 am. If you would like to check it out, click on this link: Stop the Nibbling)

As I am up and about this morning, Father, I am grateful for all of Your many blessings. May I live out my life this day as an expression of that gratitude. May my actions towards others be a reflection of Your love and care for me. Amen.

Matthew 2:16-23 (<<click to read the passage)

What a horrific act on the part of King Herod, to feel so threatened by the possibility of a new “king” that he would call for the annihilation of all the boys two years old and younger in and around the area of Bethlehem! If there was ever a man that could be labeled as wicked it was Herod.

We live in difficult times for there are many “wicked” people throughout our world doing (or contemplating) many horrific things. We may need to run but we need not be immobilized by despair. The evil of sin has run rampant since the beginning of time but God will not be thwarted.

Lord, I surely don’t begin to understand why bad things happen to good people or good things happen to bad people for that matter. You said that the Father “sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” (Matthew 5:45)

The old adage is true that we’ve made our bed, now we must lie in it. We have made the world what it is and we must live in it. We have been given free will to do as we please and on many fronts, we have made a mess of things but Your will will not be undone or held back.

Lord, I realize that this life will be full of hurt and pain but I also realize that I can be a catalyst for love and comfort. You can use me to accomplish Your will. I can be an instrument to thwart evil in the world around me.

The Apostle Peter shares these words of encouragement:

6So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

8You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9

Amen, so be it.

Sept 18th, 2017, Mon, 6:29 am