Posts made in December, 2017

Holding me in your loving arms

Behind me and before, you hem me in and rest your hand upon me.  There’s a reason why a great, big warm hug from a loved one makes us feel peaceful.   Scientists have observed that when external pressure is applied over a large portion of our body—as in a big hug—it triggers a part of our nervous system, and that helps decrease our stress levels.   So how the Lord do that for us.   He “hems us in” behind and before.   He keeps us in his loving...

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Teach me to be ‘Prudent’

The children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of light.  Jesus gave us this parable because he wanted to teach us to think strategically.   When faced with imminent job loss, the steward in the story sprang into action.   He identified his personal strengths and weaknesses and then developed a plan to make the most of his gifts.   Just so, Jesus says, we can be strategic in sharing our faith...

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Let your living water flow

Wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.  The Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the driest places on earth.   It receives an average of only 0.6 inch of rain per year.   Some places have not received any rain for more than 400 years.   In 2015, however, the desert miraculously bloomed.   On a single March day, thunderstorms brought nearly a full inch of rain.   Seeds, dried up and dormant for years, exploded in a burst of life and...

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Love your neighbor

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  This command from God, often called the second greatest commandment, can seem impossible, can’t it?   Love every neighbor?   Even the annoying one down the street?   How can we find the ability to do something so radical?   One way is to recognize how we have been loved.   Maybe the following story can help. A family once experienced a damaging house fire.   No one was injured, but their home was...

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