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THIS WEEK – Home



Home – The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household; affect place of residence, representing the center of family life . 

(Oxford Dictionary)



It is said that home is where the heart is, but what is home? The philosopher, Kahlil Gibran, said, “Let your home be your mast and not your anchor.” He captured the true purpose of home, because home is not a place but a guiding force. In baseball the player begins at home and challenge the of running the bases is over, he returns home and is safe. That is where all of our lives begin. They begin with a source, a home, a place, an attitude that is of God’s making. We wander to many places in our lives but we, like the baseball player, are always searching and seeking to return home.

Home is where are comfortable and welcomed. Our home is where we find love and security. Home is a place that we can be ourselves. Home offers us a time when we can be weak and know that others will give us support and safety. Our homes are the foundations of our lives. The scripture says, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Just as Jesus is the cornerstone of our spiritual lives, so our home is the cornerstone of our well being as we journey through life. Without a home we are rudderless and meandering from place to place.

God built into us a natural instinct to set a course to return home when we are lost and lonely. I read recently of the story of Bobby the Wonder Dog who found his way home in a rather miraculous way. Bobbie the Wonder Dog was a dog who covered 2,551 miles on his own to return home to Silverton, Oregon, after he was lost while his owners were visiting family in Wolcott, Indiana. Bobby set his course toward home and succeeded, and so can you.

Are you feeling lonely or lost? Has the life you have found been less than what it should be? If so, it is time to go home. Some people do not have a place that they can really call home, but God gives us a way to make one. Joshua , a humble disciple of Yahweh, made a simple decision when he said, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve –but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” That is the way we can make a home. A home is a place where the principles of God are the cornerstone of life. A home does not have to be a place of origin, but rather it is a place of being.

The reason many people never find a home is because they never build one. They perhaps have run away from the one they once had and are looking to build one that is absent of the cornerstone. A home will never be made in a selfish and conceded way but must be a place of sharing and love.

God wants us all to have a home and he is ready to help us build it.

Quotes Banner

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

― Robert Frost

The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

― Maya Angelou

How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.

― William C. Faulkner

Home is the nicest word there is.

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Home is where somebody notices when you are no longer there.

― Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

If Light Is In Your Heart

You Will Find Your Way Home.

― Rumi

Man wanted a home, a place for warmth, or comfort, first of physical warmth, then the warmth of the affections.

― Henry David Thoreau

You haven’t really been anywhere until you’ve got back home.”

― Terry Pratchett

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

― Confucius

Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.

― Billy Graham

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.

― Margaret Mead



Scripture BannerFor every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

~~~Hebrews 3:4

My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,

   in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.

~~~Isaiah 32:18

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’

~~~Joshua 24:15

He knew what they were thinking and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

~~~Matthew 12:25

The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,

   but he blesses the abode of the righteous.

~~~Proverbs 3:33

Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue for ever before you; for you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed for ever.’

~~~2Samuel 7:29

Unless the Lord builds the house,

   those who build it labour in vain.

Unless the Lord guards the city,

   the guard keeps watch in vain.

~~~Psalm 127:1

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

   who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;

   my God, in whom I trust.’

~~~Psalm 91: 1-2

By wisdom a house is built,

   and by understanding it is established;

by knowledge the rooms are filled

   with all precious and pleasant riches.

~~~Proverbs 24:3-4

Prayer BannerLord, I know that you have given me this house. May you now bestow upon me the grace to make it a home – home where there is rest and safety, a home where there is love and security, a home that offers hospitality to those in need and comfort to the troubled. Make this house into that home.

Amen

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This Week–INSPIRATION



Inspiration – The prompting of the mind to exalted thoughts, to creative activity, also , a quality of a thing that shows creative activity.

(Oxford Dictionary)





Inspiration is the beginning of all the work that we do. Without inspiration we will wander aimlessly through life and never fulfill the intent of God. He created us with meaning and purpose. We all have trouble finding that meaning and purpose, but when we do we are motivated beyond our imagination. Let me share a story that I adapted from sermons.com.

During World War II, Winston Churchill as Prime Minister was traveling around his country. He was trying to motivate and inspire his fellow citizens. He was willing to go almost anywhere to encourage people in the war effort. He would, of course, always visit the troops. But he also visited those who worked on the farms and in the factories. He knew that the odds against them were great, and that he must continue to help keep the morale high.

There was one group he had not yet seen. It was the coal miners. Someone asked him if he would be willing to see these men, who spent most of their time below the ground in such dangerous conditions. One man told Churchill that the miners did not feel that they were doing very much in the war effort. He said that no one ever gave them any credit for the work that they did. Would he visit them, he asked. The Prime Minister told the man that he would be pleased to visit these men.

When Churchill visited the coal miners they were absolutely amazed that he was there. They could not believe that he would come to see them. All they could do was to stare with their dirty faces at the man who would lead Britain to victory. His words will never be forgotten by those who heard him on that day. “We will be victorious!” he said. “We will preserve our freedom. And years from now when our freedom is secure and peace reigns, your children and your children’s children will come and they will say to you, ‘What did you do to win our freedom in that great war?’ And one will say, ‘I marched with the Eighth Army!’ Someone else will proudly say, ‘I manned a submarine.’ And another will say, ‘I guided the ships that moved the troops and the supplies.’ And still another will say, ‘I doctored the wounds!’ ” The men sat with rapt attention wondering what he might say about them. “They will come to you,” he shouted, “and you will say with equal right and equal pride, ‘I cut the coal! I cut the coal that fueled the ships that moved the supplies! That’s what I did. I cut the coal!”

What are you cutting in your life?

Quotes Banner

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.

~~~Brendan Francis

Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time.

~~~Brenda Ueland

Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.

~~~Brad Henry

Inspiration does not come like a blot, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly all the time.

~~~Brenda Euland

We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory.

~~~Marcus Tullius Cicero

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

~~~Bertrand Russell

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.

~~~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Confidence imparts a wonderful inspiration to its possessor.

~~~John Milton

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

~~~John Quincy Adams

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.

~~~Plato

Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.

~~~Nathaniel Hawthorne





Scripture Banner

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

~~~ Isaiah 40:31

Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’

~~~Mark 10:27

But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’

~~~Matthew 19:26

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the LORD, knowing that in the LORD your labor is not in vain.

~~~1 Corinthians 15:58

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

~~~Proverbs 3:3-6

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

~~~1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Give thanks to the LORD for He is good: His love endures forever.

~~~Psalm 107:1

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~~~Jeremiah 29:11

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

~~~Psalm 34:8

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

~~~Romans 8:2Prayer Banner

Lord, Allow me to receive inspiration from the scripture I read, the people I meet, the life I experience and to know that it is all from you. For in this knowing, I can live in a way that spreads your wisdom and goodness to a world that so desperately needs it. Let this and every day be a day of divine inspiration.

Amen

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THIS WEEK -Compassion

CompassionThe participation in another’s suffering; fellow-feeling, sympathy and pity inclining one to show mercy or give aid.

(Oxford Dictionary and Bible)





Monk and mystic Thomas Merton said, “Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” Compassion is the ability to show mercy, forgiveness, make peace and continue to live life amid the confusion that comes in this world. Without the attribute of compassion, sickness and disease would run rampant and war would never cease. As God shows his compassion to us and we share it with others, our lives are forever changed and our world becomes a better place. It would be difficult for me to see our existence without compassion.

Compassion is the life-giving force that God has planted in us. It gives life when we touch the broken hearted with the love of God and man. Compassion allows us to understand in ways that only God could give to us. Compassion is the God force in us that makes us the salt and light of the world. Without compassion the world is a dark and tasteless void.

Compassion is the desire to see others rise up out of despair. God saw us through a lens of compassion. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36) Sheep without are shepherd are confused, lost and in despair. Jesus saw this and had compassion on all of us. He made things right for us, and we can help others by sharing in the heart of compassion that God bestowed upon us.

Compassion is a life-giving force that we possess. When God touched us and gave us the gift of His Spirit, we were forever changed. We now have understanding and insight that eluded us in past times. We have knowledge that can only comes to those who trust in God. This life-giving force gives us the responsibility and the ability to show compassion to those around us. Compassion is the visceral participation in and the alleviation of the suffering of another. It is a life-giving part of God that he has shared with us through grace.

Let us use this, our time, to seek out and be compassionate to one another. If we live such a life, we will be blessed internally and externally. Let us appropriate compassion in our home, work and world that God has entrusted to us as caretakers.

Quotes BannerA kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

~~ Steve Maraboli

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

~~Dalai Lama

There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.

~~John Connolly

Compassion is about giving all the love that you’ve got.

~~Cheryl Strayed

If you want to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

~~Dalai Lama

Until you have real compassion, you can not recognize love.

~~Bob Thurman

Look for a way to lift someone up. And if that’s all you do, that’s enough.

~~Elizabeth Lesser

Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.

~~Anonymous

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

~~ Dalai Lama

Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.

~~~ Amish Proverb

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.

~~ Thomas Merton





Scripture BannerBe kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

~~~Ephesians 4:32

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

   for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

   great is your faithfulness.

~~~Lamentations 3:22-23

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

~~~1 Peter 3:8

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

~~~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

~~~Colossians 3:12

“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’

~~~Zechariah 7:9-10

As a father has compassion on his children,

   so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

~~~Psalm 103:13

“I will strengthen Judah

   and save the tribes of Joseph.

I will restore them

   because I have compassion on them.

They will be as though

   I had not rejected them,

for I am the Lord their God

   and I will answer them.

~~~ Zechariah 10:6

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;

   therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.

For the Lord is a God of justice.

   Blessed are all who wait for him!

~~~Isaiah 30:18

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?

~~~ 1 John 3:17

Prayer BannerLord, One of the most needed things in our world today is compassion. We all need to receive it and know how to give it. We know that you are a God of great compassion and mercy and ask that you will instill in us the qualities that you possess. A very small amount of compassion can make great things happen. Please bestow upon me this gift of being able to show compassion to all who are in need.

Amen

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HUMILITY

Humility Definition

Humility should be the goal of all who seek to follow Christ. Our culture refuses to acknowledge godly humility as a virtue. The culture pushes to make humility a scourge of the weak and downtrodden. That is because we see humility as a destination. Humility is a lifelong quest that probably never has a destination, but it can find a resting place. We can rest in humility along the journey that is before us. We need not always be in building mode. In our humility we can allow others to thrive and prosper.

The prophet Micah says, “He (God)has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” A life that is well lived involves more than being just and kind. We are to learn to walk humbly with God. Walking humbly with God means several things:

  • Understand that God is our creator.
  • See him as the source of all blessings that come our way.
  • Never try to take his place.
  • Live a life of love and not judgement.
  • Always think of the needs of the other.

As we strive to reach those goals, we find ourselves moving further away from the world and closer to that humble walk with God. God has sought for you and me to walk humbly with him ever since the fall of Adam. Remember, God walked with Adam in the cool of the evening in the garden. When Adam chose knowledge over walking with God, he was cast out of the Garden. Since that day God has worked on restoring his walks with us.

To walk humbly with God means to walk with him as our God and creator. Humility is a place of rest in the presence of God.

Quotes Banner

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

― Rick Warren

As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.

― C.S. Lewis

Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.

― Patrick Süskind

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

― Ernest Hemingway

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.

― Winston Spencer Churchill

Every person that you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.

― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Life is a long lesson in humility.

― J.M. Barrie

True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.

― Martin Luther

The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility.

― Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wise and at peace he will be in all that he does.”

― Thomas à Kempis

There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.

― Robert Louis Stevenson



Scripture Banner

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord

   is riches and honor and life.

~~~Proverbs 22:4

In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for

‘God opposes the proud,

   but gives grace to the humble.’

~~~1 Peter 5:5

When pride comes, then comes disgrace;

   but wisdom is with the humble.

~~~Proverbs 11:2

But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,

‘God opposes the proud,

   but gives grace to the humble.’

~~~James 4:6

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;

   and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

   and to walk humbly with your God?

~~~Micah 6:8

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

~~~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’

~~~ Luke 14:11

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.

~~~Philippians 2:3

Towards the scorners he is scornful,

   but to the humble he shows favor.

~~~Proverbs 3:34

He leads the humble in what is right,

   and teaches the humble his way.

~~~Psalm 25:9

For thus says the high and lofty one

   who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

I dwell in the high and holy place,

   and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit,

to revive the spirit of the humble,

   and to revive the heart of the contrite.

~~~Isaiah 57:15Prayer Banner

Lord, Humility allows us to accomplish so much more than we can when we are stuffed to overflowing with pride. As we surrender to the humility of knowing that we are your creation, we can see clearly your love for us. Help me, Lord, to discover my true worth so I may discard my false worth. My false worth is of my own creation and must be laid aside and replaced by my God created worth as shown by the God who walks with me.

Amen

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Effort

Effort Definition



When I was a small boy I was told I had to put more effort into things or I would fail. Effort seemed like a word that always meant that I had to do more than I wanted to do, but I realized as I got older that effort brought satisfaction and reward. Sometimes that satisfaction of putting forth your best was the reward.

As followers of Christ we are asked to make every effort to be the salt and light of the world. We carry the burden of being the people who are to make the world a better place. That is done as we do our best to usher in the Kingdom of God. We are compelled to put forth our best and let the world see who we follow and what followship of Jesus truly means. Our calling requires that we do make the effort and walk the second mile. Additionally, we must work without expectation of worldly reward. Our reward comes from above and dwells within our inner souls.

Helen Keller said, “Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” Many people will not venture at a task unless they are assured success. The many and varied efforts we must put forth as Christ followers do not seem successful or necessary by worldly standards. Christians are surely called to live by other worldly standards. These standards are not achieved without great effort.

As we walk in this difficult time, we must ask ourselves:

  • What special effort have I put forth to make the world a better place?
  • Have I tried to present the Kingdom of God to those I encounter?
  • Have I made every effort to help the needy that are sent my way?
  • Have I tried to be a peacemaker?
  • Have I refrained from trying to get my way?

We must ask ourselves these and other questions as we determine if we are really putting forth an effort that is worthy of our calling as Christians.

Quotes BannerAll the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.

― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you.

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means

effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.

― Theodore Roosevelt

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

― Helen Keller

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

― Samuel Johnson, Johnsonian Miscellanies – Vol II

When we love someone our love becomes demonstrable or real only through our exertion – through the fact that for that someone (or for ourself) we take an extra step or walk an extra mile. Love is not effortless. To the contrary, love is effortful.

― M. Scott Peck

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.

― Sandra Day O’Connor

Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius.

― Elbert Hubbard

To like many people spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness.

― Bertrand Russell


Scripture BannerI have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

~~2 Timothy 4:7

And whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not. Be bold, and bring some of the fruit of the land.’ Now it was the season of the first ripe grapes.

~~Numbers 13:20

With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord one hundred thousand talents of gold, one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone too I have provided. To these you must add more.

~~1 Chronicles 22:14

But when I thought how to understand this,

  it seemed to me a wearisome task,

~~Psalm 73:16

The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing,

   while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.

~~ Proverbs 13:4

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,

   and whatever else you get, get insight.

~~ Proverbs 4:7

For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

~~ Romans 14:9

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

~~Ecclesiastes 9:10

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.

~~Galatians 6:9Prayer BannerPrayer

Lord, In all things teach me that I will be rewarded in relation to the effort I put forth. Inspire me to know that I must put all of my efforts into achieving the goals that you have set forth before me. It is only when I do my very best and put all that I have into something that you bless me. Bless me, as well, when I’m utterly exhausted and barely able to continue. I know that you will be with me in the times when it simply takes an effort to keep on going.

Amen

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Reverence

Reverence– Deep respect or veneration, especially on account of the object’s sacred or exalted character. The condition or state of being deeply respected or venerated.

(Oxford Dictionary)

 

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Our reverence for God is much more than just respect or honor. Reverence for God involves a recognition of who he is that brings into our souls joy and awe for the creator. God, himself, who created us in his image has enabled our Spirits to know and acknowledge deep within our souls who he is. That understanding leads us to a level of adoration and worship that is reserved for God alone. No other person or any creation is worthy of such reverence.

Respect is earned by merit. Reverence is an intrinsic acknowledgement and recognition of the holiness and awesomeness of God . Reverence is not mere admiration, it is a unique level of existence that is reserved for our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and Comforter as we glorify and exalt his very existence and power and presence in our lives.

The people of Israel could not even speak the name of Yahweh. We should humbly approach God with a level of fear and awe that belongs to him alone.

Reverence invites Revelation ~~~Boyd K. Packer

Quotes Banner

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
~~~Henry David Thoreau
Whoever gives reverence receives reverence.
~~~Rumi
Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics: love, kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness and power to forgive.
~~~Albert Schweitzer
No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.
~~~George Eliot
Only reverence can restrain violence – reverence for human life and the environment.
~~~William Sloane Coffin
What we call love is in its essence reverence for life.
~~~Albert Schweitzer
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
~~~Plato
Only when we are captured by an overwhelming sense of awe and reverence in the presence of God, will we begin to worship God in spirit and in truth.
~~~Alistair Begg
By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
~~~Albert Schweitzer
Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.
~~~Pope Francis
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies.
~~~John Milton
The more reverence we have for the Word of God, the more joy we shall find in it.
~~~Matthew Henry

Scripture Banner

Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’
—Exodus 3:5
a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
  great and awesome above all that are around him?
—Psalm 89:7
Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
  who walks in his ways.
—Psalm 128:1
The God of Israel has spoken,
  the Rock of Israel has said to me:
One who rules over people justly,
  ruling in the fear of God,
—2 Samuel 23:3
Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
—Acts 9:31
Only fear the Lord, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.
—1 Samuel 12:24
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
—Hebrews 5:7
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder.
—James 2:19
You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling-block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
—Leviticus 19:14
The angel of the Lord encamps
  around those who fear him, and delivers them.
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Lord, In all ways I respect and reverence you. You are my creator and redeemer-the reason I am here. In you I find strength and comfort in all the paths of my life. Make my life an example to others by the way that I fear and serve you. May I never forget the praise I owe to you.

Amen

 

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Musings #18-Work

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The greatest example of work is found in Monasteries, because their manual labor is considered part of their sacred calling. Monks fill a good portion of their day in work that serves the monastery and the world at large. Every member of the monastery is assigned some daily work.

The Rule of Benedict insists on work as an important part of the monk’s labor of obedience. The Rule does not put work above everything else or single out one type of work as more monastic than all others. Monks show their love by serving one another in whatever work they do, invoking God’s blessing on tasks large and small. They share in God’s continuing creation while supporting themselves by earnings and by producing for their needs.

There is no reason that we, as non-monastics, could not have the same approach to our work. Think how much it would change your world if you saw your work as part of a holy calling. Monks for many years have linked work and prayer. Work does not have to be a separate and very distasteful part of your life. Your work no matter how mundane, can be offered up to God.

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Just imagine what a wonderful blessing it would be if we rethought our concept of work and allowed it to be a part of our prayer lives. No matter what task you perform, it comes from the talent and strength that God has instilled in you when he created you. That alone makes work a sacred act. We have spent too much of our time and effort trying to eliminate work instead of embracing it as part of our devotion to God.

In this piece I offer some scriptures and quotes that I hope can serve as a starting point to look at the work you do and why you do it.

The old man said to one of the brothers that he never stopped

his manual labor, but his prayer ascended continually before God.

He was very humble and very stable.

~~~Sayings of The Desert Fathers 


Quotes BannerIf there are artisans in the monastery, let them work at their arts with all humility.

~~~Saint Benedict of Nursia

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

~~~Thomas Jefferson

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

~~~Paulo Coelho

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

~~~Thomas Edison

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

~~~Robert Louis Stevenson

The old man said of one of the brothers never stopped is manual labor but it’s prayer ascended continually before God. He was very humble and very stable.

~~~Sayings of the desert fathers

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

~~~Franklin D. Roosevelt

The future depends on what you do today.

~~~Mahatma Gandhi

Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.

~~~Gary Ryan Blair

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

~~~Confucius

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.

~~~Albert Camus

Works of art make rules but rules do not make works of art.

~~~Claude Debussy


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Scripture BannerWhatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.

—Colossians 3:23-24

Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy

—Ephesians 4:28

Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us,

and prosper for us the work of our hands—

O prosper the work of our hands!

—Psalm 90:17

Those who till their land will have plenty of food,

but those who follow worthless pursuits have no sense.

—Proverbs 12:11

The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing,

while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.

—Proverbs 13:4

It is the farmer who does the work who ought to have the first share of the crops.

—2 Timothy 2:6

The hand of the diligent will rule,

while the lazy will be put to forced labour.

—Proverbs 12:24

I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. I know that whatever God does endures for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.

—Ecclesiastes 3:12-15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

— 2 Timothy 2:15

This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot.

—Ecclesiastes 5:18

Prayer BannerLord, Allow me to offer my daily toil as a sacred act of devotion. Let me not feel as though my work takes me away from you, but that it brings me closer. I recognize that the works of my hands are a product of your Divine creation. I can do nothing without you. Bless me as I toil.

Amen

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THIS WEEK -PATIENCE

Patience – The capacity for calm endurance with pain, trouble, inconvenience – forbearance under provocation, tolerance of the faults or limitations of other people. Calm

A teacher had just finished putting the last pair of galoshes on her preschoolers—thirty-two pairs in all. The last little girl said, “You know what, teacher? These aren’t my galoshes.”

The teacher removed them from the girl’s feet. Then the little girl continued, “They are my sister’s, and she let me wear them.” The teacher quietly put them back on her pupil.

Now that’s patience!

Patience is a virtue that we all strive to have. Our world teaches us by default to be impatient. Streaming videos, text messages, ATMS, online payments allow us to get and do what we want instantaneously. There is no need to ever wait because you can get it now. I think that such things are good. None want to go back to postal mail, going to the movies and paying bills at the payment window of each company.

This new way does bring with it a loss of the art of being patient. We are being an increasingly impatient and demanding society. Nothing happens quite fast enough; we have been spoiled by technology and convenience and have become a demanding and impatient society. The cashier, the waiter, the cook does not move fast or efficiently enough for us. We want satisfaction now!

Our creator looks at this in a different way. The psalmist says,” I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” God is trying to teach us to wait and in due time we will receive. That is awfully hard for us in the world we have created. To receive the most important things of life we must wait. This waiting makes the virtue of patience especially important. As a matter of fact, it makes it essential to having a peaceful life.

Road rage,domestic violence, drug use, murder, robbery are all symptoms, though extreme ones, of our lack of patience. God wants us to learn to wait and grow as we journey through life. He calls on us to be observers and stewards of the earth. He wants us to be kind to the less fortunate and loving to the children. God says when we have done it to the least, we have done it to him. Perhaps we can think this week about what it means to be patient.

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Our patience will achieve more than our force. ~~~Edmund Burke

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time ~~~Leo Tolstoy

To lose patience is to lose the battle. ~~~Mahatma Gandhi

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. ~~~Unknown

Learning patience can be a difficult experience, but once conquered, you will find life is easier. ~~~Catherine Pulsifer

One minute of patience, ten years of peace. ~~~Greek proverb

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life. ~~~Chinese Proverb

Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. ~~~George Bernard Shaw

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. ~~~Anonymous

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~~~Aristotle

Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. ~~~Swahili Proverb

Patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace. ~~~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. Corinthians 13:4

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love Ephesians 4:2

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;

do not fret over those who prosper in their way,

over those who carry out evil devices. Psalm 37:7

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

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Prayer

Lord, I seek patience in an impatient and demanding world. I seek to be like you and to know that this world is your creation, and in due time, will fulfill your purpose. Help me to be patient as I go though my daily routine. Give me the grace to be patient with those that I encounter each moment. Help me to be patient with myself as I struggle though life’s journey. Allow me to see your plan even as I try to force things into my time frame.

Amen

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Healing

Healing


TODAY’S WORD IS HEALING

The word healing brings many images to mind. Some people may think of a healing crusade. That is one of those events where a preacher claims that he can cure your sicknesses by the power of God. We can think of a convalescent hospital where people stay for extended times to heal their bodies. Healing means being made whole again, and we all want to be whole.

There is also the healing that comes with peace of mind. This healing cures the restless and tormented spirit. We live in a time when our country needs healing that can soothe the restless and angry soul and will bring peace and satisfaction. When the Psalmist said, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror,” he could well be thinking of times like these. True healing can only come from God. We have exhausted our resources and failed.

Healing brings with it a peace allows us to settle down and live as people of God. I would love to see a world that had this God inspired healing. It would be a world full of people who were truly healed of their strife and pain. Such a world is a place of calmness and satisfaction.

Healing cures the seeds of anger and mistrust that lead to violence and ultimately war. How many deaths could have been prevented if we had only asked God for healing? How many relationships would have been saved if we had understood that God can heal? Let us not waste another minute when healing is possible.

Healing is to be made whole and be restored.


Quotes

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…not healing, not curing…that is a friend who cares.

~~~Henri Nouwen

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

~~~Hippocrates

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

~~~Hubert H. Humphrey

Nature heals under the auspices of the medical profession.

~~~Haven Emerson

Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.

~~~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.

~~~F. Scott Fitzgerald

You can promote your healing by your thinking.

~~~James E. Sweeney

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

~~~John Burroughs

The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.

~~~Nelson Mandela

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

~~~Novalis


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Scripture

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
  and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
  who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
  who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
Psalm 103:2-4
 
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
  O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
Psalm 6:2
 
The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;
  they are called happy in the land.
  You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
  in their illness you heal all their infirmities.
Psalm 41:2-3
 
As for me, I said, ‘O Lord, be gracious to me;
  heal me, for I have sinned against you.’
Psalm 41:4
 
My child, be attentive to my words;
  incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them escape from your sight;
  keep them within your heart.
For they are life to those who find them,
  and healing to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:20-22
 
A cheerful heart is a good medicine,
  but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22
 
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
 
O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.
  Be our arm every morning,
  our salvation in the time of trouble.
Isaiah 33:2
 
You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.
James 5:6
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Lord, I feel that we live in a time of great contradiction. Our time needs healing that only you can bring. We have so widened the gaps that exist between us that our talents fail us. We have so divided ourselves that our ideas are lacking. We call upon you to send us wisdom and healing that are products of heaven and not earth. We ask for divine healing on earth.       Amen


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Doubt

Doubt Definition

The poet Kahlil Gibran teaches us, “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” Most of us spend a lot of time doubting many things. We were taught to think of doubt as inherently evil force in my life. The advice of the poet leads us in a new direction. He tells us that perhaps doubt is a gateway to faith. To have a great faith, we must look carefully at what we believe and allow the discernment of our God-given image to speak to us.

Doubt is not the enemy of faith but the partner of faith. In our doubts we get to understand what and why we believe. All true faith begins with doubt. As we examine our doubts and fears, we begin to seek solutions to them. The upfront and obvious solution to doubt is faith in the God that made us and his ability to deliver us.

Jesus says over and over, “Why do you doubt,” but it was their doubt that caused them to seek him. When doubt overtakes us, we examine our thoughts, our actions and our motives and are driven to seek an answer.

Doubt can also be the great killer of ambition and progress. As doubt and fear join forces, they produce the personal “perfect storm” that has led to demise of many a person A “doubt storm” can prevent us from fulfilling God’s creative purpose for us. Doubt is tricky but necessary because without it we never really know who or whose we are.

Next time you are in doubt I urge you to look at why you are doubting, who you are doubting and what you are doubting? By asking these questions you can determine your solution. Serious introspection allows us to seek the wisdom and take the time to access our situation. Such an assessment allows us to know if our doubts are from within or without and thus leads us to call on that image of God that we all possess for a solution. Our God image can really allow us to prioritize our lives in quick fashion. I hope these observations will give you few things to ponder this week.


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Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin
brother.

~~~Khalil Gibran

One of the ego’s favorite paths of resistance is to fill you with
doubt.

~~~Ram Dass

Love is strongest when we learn to trust in spite of the
doubts.

~~~Anonymous

When in doubt, throw doubt out have a little faith.

~~~E.A. Bucchianeri

Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.

~~~DieterF. Uchtdorf

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

~~~Sylvia Plath

Uninstall self-doubt from your mind.

~~~Anonymous

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of
today.

~~~Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.

~~~Honore de Balzac

Never let self-doubt hold you captive.

~~~Roy Bennett

Worry, doubt, fear, and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the
ground and turn us to dust before we die.

~~~Anonymous

If you are going to doubt anything in life, doubt your own limitations.”

~~~Dan Brule

Doubt everything. Find your own light.

~~~Buddha

Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have
worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.

~~~T. Harv Eker

 

Doubt Scripture

 

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But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of
the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In
all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise
in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to
your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

 Proverbs 3:5-8

 And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt,
you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to
this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will
happen.
 

Matthew 21:21

 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of
little faith, why did you doubt?”

 Matthew 14:31

 Truly,I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the
sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come
to pass, it will be done for him.

 Mark 11:23

 And have mercy on those who doubt. 

Jude 1:22

 Fearnot, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen
you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right
hand.
 

Isaiah 41:10

 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your
hearts?

 Luke 24:38

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own
understanding.
 
Proverbs 3:5

 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not
for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come
and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek
me with all your heart.

 Jeremiah 29:11-13

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not
seen.

 Hebrews 11:1

 


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LORD

Relieve me of the guilt of doubt when it allows me to discern.

Allow me to see doubt as of way of growing in faith.

Give me the strength to cast away my doubts that cripple me.

Never allow my doubts to define me.

Relieve me of the pain of feeling I have to always be perfect and please Lord guide me as I go through this day.

AMEN

 

 

 

 

 

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