Abandoned to Their Evil Ways!?

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

This Represents Well How We Live

Stormy With Others,

Exposed by the Light,

Always in Conflict,

In the Dark!

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This Represents Well How Christ Frees Us to Live,

at Peace

With Ourselves,

and With Others.

Psalm 89:49

Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Words of Grace For Today

Sunday afternoon two men show up in a big 2500 pickup truck having plowed their way through huge gullies of water, ice, slush and mud to park in the snow just off the lake. They say as explanation that they have been away working up north (one presumes Fort McMurray, though it could be lots of different places up north) and they have come for some peace away from their women. [Their own description and words, not mine at all.]

This is a common explanation of men (and women) who come out here to the sacred ground (that is also so desecrated by abuse of the land and of the people themselves who show up here to ‘party’), namely that they come here to get away from [fill in the people supposedly closest to them] so that they can have some peace.

Jesus shows up where the disciples are gathered behind locked doors out of fear for their lives and offers first, “Peace be with you!”

Jesus knows what the disciples need first and foremost. Jesus knows what we need first and foremost. Jesus knows we need first and foremost an overriding sense of peace, a peace that cannot be shaken by whatever comes our way.

It is an honest observation about humans that we thirst for peace, well most of us. There are some who only thirst for violence and blood and destruction and power. Most of us, though, thirst for peace. Soldiers write that their enduring dream and motivation in fighting battles in horrid conditions, experiencing abominations no one should ever have to witness, is that they want to live, at home, with their loved ones, quietly and peacefully.

It is an honest and depressingly sad commentary on us humans that given the opportunity to live at home with our loved ones, we are unable to find peace with each other. We need to be apart, away from the strife, in order to find any peace at all.

What is it with us, the vast majority of us, that we thirst for peace, and yet given every opportunity to live it with our loved ones, we end up in conflict with them, they with us, and we flee?

The Psalmist wrote on a larger scale, bemoaning the loss of a kingdom ruled by David, and Israel’s being ruled by foreign powers. We can cry these same words to God with reference to how we live with each other at home, in our faith communities, in our neighbourhoods and villages, and in our provinces, states, and countries: Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?

Where indeed is God’s promise that we can live in peace with each other?

I would guess that God actually never promised us this, and Jesus certainly does not promise us this. Jesus provides for us 1) freedom from our sin and guilt so that 2) we can live with gratitude for all that God has done, is doing, and promises to do for us and so that 3) we can serve others with gentle grace, forgiveness and love, starting with those closest to us and not ending at all. It is our Christ-bought-and-freely-given way of being towards all people.

The wages of sin are death, and we see that in our inability to live at peace with those closest to us: the greatest impediment to living at peace with others is (not that they are such imperfect, terrible people but) that they reflect back to us our own imperfections and terrible sinfulness (especially that we do such terrible things to the people we love – and what kind of horrendous people are we to do such terrible things to our beloved!) It is living with others that our true selves are unavoidably presented to us.

So we run away.

So we blame our beloved (as if they were the cause of us being such terrible people!)

So we begin to descend into a life of lies about ourselves and others, and here we see the wages of sin: it is a slow, miserable death, bit by bit of our souls are lost until though we walk and talk, we are dead through and through inside.

How can we live given we are such miserable sinners (actually we are excellent sinners, and miserable people!)??

Only by Grace can we live at all.

Only by Grace can we find peace with ourselves and with our beloved.

Only by Grace.

For the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And that is the promise given to David and all others through all generations.

We can live in Peace! Even with those closest to us.

So what are we waiting for?!

Today, be Christ’s Peace for those closest to you. It’s free, so why not!

Idols or The Living God

Sunday, March 6, 2022

The Light

Shines

Through

Every

Foolish Deception of Every Idol

And Brings Life

Habakkuk 2:18-20

What use is an idol once its maker has shaped it — a cast image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in what has been made, though the product is only an idol that cannot speak! Alas for you who say to the wood, ‘Wake up!’ to silent stone, ‘Rouse yourself!’ Can it teach? See, it is plated with gold and silver, and there is no breath in it at all.

But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him!

Matthew 2:2

Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.

Words of Grace For Today

It is simple to understand that an idol, a wooden carved image covered with gold, silver, and even platinum with precious stones is not God at all, for there is no breath, no life, to power in such things other than the power given to them by the misguided imaginations of those who foolishly worship these idols.

Today, as in every age, we have our own idols: power, money, fame, and luxurious comforts – all stolen from other people leaving them without even the necessities of life. As the planet hosts more and more people (7 billion and counting), all craving for more and more of their idols, there is precious little to go around for those who do not clamour after these idols. With more and more people crammed into small spaces, all needing food delivered to them, all hungry for healing that the concrete-crammed-vertical spaces cannot offer and for whom a walk in a natural environment is likely only via Zoom (which does nothing to heal the heart, mind and body) … with more and more people the zero-sum game is played at all levels, from the family member who takes everything from her siblings she can, to the despot ruler who violently invades another sovereign country for it’s natural resources and location on the sea, killing millions, displacing even more – as the world watches live … helplessly.

But! … But! Now that is a call to attention here.

But! Or better DOCH! (it is otherwise to be truthfully understood.)

Doch God is in the temple, the church, the synagogue, the mosque, the sanctuary, the convent, the monastery and in each person, a temple that hosts the living God, as God walks with us.

God’s living people, God’s powerful angels (powered by sacrificial love), Christ’s hands and feet, words and hope … all this is plainly to be encountered, and if not denied, then celebrated, as dead idols are put to shame,

for no matter what, God lives.

WHOA! No Brakes!

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Brake Caliper Completely Loose

Caliper again

Brake Fluid Leaking

Psalm 115:16

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to human beings.

Luke 12:48

From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Words of Grace For Today

I don’t know about the earth belonging to humans, but creation is God’s.

Sometimes it breaks, or in this case the brakes need fixing. Badly.

I drive all the way to Sherwood Park for new tires. They need replacing and the last km into camp is getting worse, so I’m looking for tires with a grip. Canadian Tire has some Motomaster tires on sale, more than $500 less than the next option. It makes the trip worth it and it’s warm enough that my camp will not freeze over through only one warmer night before it gets below minus 10⁰ again.

Then Canadian Tire in Sherwood Park notices the back brakes needed replacing, shoes gone, calipers, emergency brakes … the whole shabang! So they did the works the next morning, along with a front lower control arm for $270 and a windshield with a crack coming across the driver’s side. More than $3k for everything, tires included, which is about 1/3 my annual income last year and this. They work until 16:00 the second day. The first afternoon they’ve gotten the new tires on the summer rims and kept the truck overnight to start inspecting the next morning, promising it can be done that day. I’m hoping I get back mid afternoon so things are not too cold, that is,s not completely frozen in camp.

But I finally pickup the truck at 17:00, having helped with an idiot MS Outlook email problem for the last hour (settings that will not stick, accounts that will not select, the works. Finally I reset the .pst file to which the accounts download by creating a new subfolder in the inboxes and pointing the account to that subfolder, then resetting it to the proper inbox. Gotta wonder!) It’s a long trip home in the dark.

Halfway into a 4 hour trip home, when I pull off to re-torque the lug nuts, the brakes go spongy. It’s dropped from above zero to -7⁰ and started to snow. There’s no place to stop. Even if there were as I drive on camp is freezing up. Left overnight there will be thousands of dollars of damage, something I cannot even start to contemplate how to pay to fix. So I drive on using the manual setting to gear down in order to slow down the few times I need to, thinking the brake fluid is leaking and getting lower each time I use the brakes. I’m saving fluid for when/if I really need brakes.

I arrive at the drive entrance to camp with 1 km of slogging through snow to go on slippery packed tracks. I gear down and then try to stop using the brakes. No brakes at all! Fortunately I’m going slow on a gravel road with no one around. I let the truck roll to as slow as it will and then put it in park. It clatters and clicks to a stop. I shift to low 4×4. When the truck slides off the tracks to the outside of a corner I get stuck in the slippery and deep slush-snow-ice. It is fortunately the only time when I need to shovel to get out in the wet, dripping wet melted 2 feet of snow. I slog on with care on those corners to stay on top the tracks … and finally I’m home. It’s snowing heavily. It’s -11⁰ and I’m tired and cold and hungry, but the camp is not frozen yet! That’s nice.

The next morning I pop the hood. Yep, the brake fluid is empty!

I look under the back and there is fluid dripping down from the driver’s side onto the tire and then on to the snow. I look more closely and the driver side rear caliper is flopped on top the axle as one does for service, completely left unbolted (or broken loose?) the piston completely extended with fluid pumped out freely.

Not sure what it takes to leave a brake job like that, or if it were even possible that it came loose and the caliper flopped itself nicely on top the axle?

Now for the fix: a tow into Canadian Tire in Cold Lake, and see if they can fix/finish the brake job so that it works? But when? Tough to figure out all the logistics and not leave camp to freeze!

This is God’s creation, God’s people, and God’s mess, right?

Well maybe this is a human mess, and God is watching, laughing or at least smiling, keeping me safe, shaking his/her head at the mess we humans make for ourselves and each other.

Living in the Light of Christ

Saturday, December 11, 2021

As if Even the Trees Bend to the Light of Christ

So We Know

In This Moment

That God is Here Walking With Us.

Which is the only Wisdom There Is

Psalm 33:10

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.

1 Corinthians 1:20

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

Words of Grace For Today

If only …

If only we could have known …

If only we could have known God’s will for us and …

If only.

These are the words of regret, as if wishing the past were different could change anything.

The only thing that we have is … or better said:

The only time we have is now.

We cannot change the past. We cannot determine the future.

We can and must and do live, choose, act, and … well everything is in the present … except memories that are immutable, wishes that are unreliable and impossible to make happen in the future, and hope that is all about the future being different than the present seems to determine it will be.

The present is what we have and here and now is when we live, choose, and act.

So plan away for the future, and regret your foolish past, or dance on other’s graves of the past. None of it makes any difference. It is all like worrying. The only thing it will get you is lost time in the present and more things to worry about in the next moment.

What is sure are God’s promises, blessings and gifts … all given in and for the present so that we can hope for the future to be God’s and we will be in God’s time, now as always.

As for our plans we make to get ahead or live on our own: God puts those plans in the crapper. As for all the wisdom that teaches us how to live successfully in this greedy, supposedly ‘zero sum’ life: God puts it in the crapper as well. That wisdom and all our plans only work to separate us from God’s blessings, gifts, and promises.

Hang on, though, leaving what others consider ‘wise’ and giving up on making ‘plans’ that others anticipate from us will leave us looking different than most others around us. Instead of lying to get ahead, we may well end up in poverty with our integrity intact and blessed as God walks with us … instead of chasing money, privilege, comfort, and status while destorying others along our greedy way.

Today,

Well today …

Today, as in each present moment, we rest in God’s promises for the future, God’s forgiveness for our past sins, and bold to live the present with integrity … and able to enjoy a good night’s sleep, the warmth of the winter sunshine, the snow spread across the lake and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and the warmth God provides in so many and various ways.

There is Too Much ‘Bob’ in Us.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Ingenious Dock

and Illegal (a ‘Bob’)

for All Sorts Of Reasons

But

That Hardly Stops Them/Us!

Psalm 44:9

You have rejected us and abased us, and have not gone out with our armies.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.

Words of Grace For Today

Bob had struggled to find his way through school. Early on he discovered that he was faster than almost everyone else, so in the school races he always came in first. That was his one success. He did not fit in with the other kids. He learned early on that he could rat out other students. When someone tried to take advantage of him he simply told the teachers and the other student would be made to pay. As he got older he learned that he did not need to report the exact truth, but if he was creative with his tales on students who he did not like, they would get worse punishments. As a teenager his creativity grew, always connected to bits of truths, so that he was rightly feared by other students and by his teachers. Then he learned to rat out his parents to the police, except the ‘rat’ was not at all true, though the police believed him. His parents feared what he would do next. His siblings loathed him.

Bob’s story was riddled with gaining advantage over others by ‘reporting’ them to the police. It was not long before the police figured out the lies were just that, but Bob was ahead of them with his ‘reports’ about the police to the security forces that dealt with all threats to national security. There, the 2nd in command recognized Bob’s ‘gift’, recruited him to be a regular ‘informer’, and Bob had found his calling, fighting for his country by ‘routing out the corruption from within.’ Except what Bob really did was ruin anyone who questioned the security forces and more specifically to the 2nd in command, who soon replaced the security forces commander.

Bob’s ‘war’ bought him privileges and luxuries enjoyed by only a small few. He was promised he’d be able to study as a doctor, his childhood dream. He would study, and then practice medicine, and continue to ‘rat’ out the corruption all around him. His ‘war’ would advance the security of the country.

Then, as is always wont with corruption so rife in totalitarian states, the state failed. Fortunately it was not isolated and left to become a haven for international terror and horrors. Once a part of a rather successful country, that country voted to reintegrate the failed state back into itself. The security informers, so well practised in their perverse reports about neighbours and friends and even family, had no purpose any more. Bob was suddenly left swinging in the wind, medical school was out of reach, and even his family would have nothing to do with him. So he emigrated to another country that would receive him. He lied about anything he needed to in order to get ahead, including his training as an RN to gain a job. In reality he had been allowed to train as a nurse’s aide. He moved to a province where RN’s were desperately needed, falsified his training records (claiming the school records no longer existed after the fall of his childhood state), and sat a written exam to qualify to work as an RN. He’d passed, barely. But now he had a profession as a registered nurse. His exploits did not end there. He continued to threaten and ruin people around him in order to get ahead. More than one person died as a result of his ‘work.’

This was Bob’s history.

This kind of history, this kind of ‘fighting a war’ by sending out ‘armies into battle’ is the kind of ‘army’ that the Psalmist writes about saying: God, You have rejected us and abased us, and have not gone out with our armies. God does not ‘go out’ with any such effort to gain advantage for oneself at the cost of everyone else one encounters.

God’s way for us is on an entirely different route: it is to Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. We can live this way, no matter the challenges we encounter, when we realize that our lives are not given to us for us to use for out own advantage. We receive life in order that we can exercise God’s Grace for others, and often exercising that Grace for others requires that we sacrifice everything we would want from life.

At that point, when we have nothing left, when life is as good as gone from our hearts, minds and bones, then … and only then it seems … can we surrender to the life-saving grace that gives us new life. Then our lives are not our own, but we live fully aware (as much and unfortunately as intermittently as we are able) that we are saved by Grace alone and we owe everything to God. So we ‘pay it forward’ to those God sends our way.

We live, thus, as the saints of light have lived since the beginning of time: as reflectors of God’s truth, light, grace and love. In this way we GET to Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.

Real Fear and True Peace

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Real Fear

or

God Ensured Peace,

It Comes With the Territory We Choose to Traverse

Isaiah 54:14

In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Words of Grace For Today

Today in Canada we live in a country that operates according to a democracy, with a system of law, with police and a court system to enforce the law. We can go about our business without interference or unjust results, right!?

No, not really.

While we can assume that the democracy runs fairly, or as fairly as it can …

While we can assume that the system of law enforced by police and courts is just, or as just as it can be …

They are most certainly not.

We must be vigilant or

we will be caught in our own assumptions of false comfort, lied about by our families even, the RCMP recruiting false reports from community people we’ve barely met, RCMP officers falsifying reports, making false arrests, and lying in court, family perjurying themselves in court, lawyers making a show of defending us but avoiding the essential evidence that would shed light on the lies, the essential pieces of truth that would exonerate us, and falsely convicted by judges who lie about the evidence provided, avoiding evidence and altering transcripts to exclude evidence that would make convictions impossible, and even then lying about the evidence and making irrational leaps of logic to falsely convict us.

Ah, you say, this could never happen in Canada!

And I respond, I have seen it first hand, been to jail for crimes I never committed, and with the ease of how it is all done, and in conversation with others in jail, it is clear this is done routinely, habitually, and it is all well covered up. It ought to be in the news each day, until the system is scoured clean of the corruption, barbarism, and cruel bullying that is standard fare.

Of course, if you have not been caught by this injustice, you certainly can bury your head in the sand and hope it never happens to you or yours.

God promises in many and various ways to walk with us, that In righteousness we shall be established; we shall be far from oppression, for we shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near us.

This is not yet so in Canada, and assuming it is does not make it so. In fact assuming it is so, allows the cruel, barbaric injustice to continue. And continue it does!

Where are God’s promises?

Jesus says: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

This peace is not based on the reality that other humans work against us and others.

This peace is based on what God provides: no matter what corrupt, barbaric, and cruel people do to us, we know that God knows the truth, that God will bring the truth to light, and those who do not amend their lives will be judged by God. Though we proclaim and count on God’s justice to be merciful and gracious, as God’s choice is to adopt as God’s own children is, we also know that as we live in righteousness and truth,

those who live dishing out injustice and lies to others, in daily life, in church life, in our communities, and in our ‘justice’ system, with their own actions they create for themselves great cause for fear. At any moment their crimes and sins can come to light, and then they will suffer as others turn on them with their own corrupt, barbaric, and unjust methods.

That is to live in fear constantly. The fear is that the false security achieved by falsehoods will turn on them and destroy them as fast as possible.

We, who live in the righteousness God provides to us, who live by truth and grace, need not fear that destruction, for our lives are secured by what no human can take from us: God’s love and grace.

This is to live in true peace.

‘but’ and ‘Doch’

Saturday, September 4, 2021

We May Think We Have The Light of the World

Here on Our Beaches

But Not,

Doch!

God’s Light Still Shines

For Us All.

Exodus 1:17

But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.

Acts 5:29

But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority.’

Words of Grace For Today

But …

For humans there is an obligation to obey as they are commanded by other humans.

When humans choose not to do so for good reasons the consequences are usually dire, whether it is the state funded police and courts (rightly or corruptly, as it is in all places through all of history, especially here in Alberta) or criminal violence or psychological attacks on one’s well-being. This is what forms the obligation. Do or die (or at least have a chunk of one’s life is taken away.)

God always commands other than corrupt police, courts, kings, and religious authorities. God’s commands do not carry an obligation to obey them like human commands. Contravening human commands results in consequences that rob one of physical life. Obeying human commands may provide a small reward, even if it appears huge it is still small, for humans have little to offer, even if it is large sums of money, power, or fame.

Contravening God’s commands results in the consequence of one’s own choosing, that is one separates oneself from God. This does not ‘rob’ one of physical life. Being separated from God is in itself the definition of having no life, not of any kind. Obeying God’s commands provides the greatest reward, even if it appears small it is still without limit, for one chooses to walk with God, which is itself definition of an abundant life.

When we choose to ignore human authorities in order to obey God, there is a small ‘but’ after the demands of human authority and before our actions that contravene human authority and fulfill God’s will for us and for all people.

When God intervenes in our lives, showing us how small the tempting rewards of corrupt human wealth, power, and fame are, our sinful actions are not followed by a simple little ‘but’. They are followed by a universe changing statement, one like the German ‘Doch’. Then follows a statement that re-orients us back to God’s will for us and all people.

Pharaoh ordered the baby be put to death but the midwives allowed the baby to live.

Pharaoh did not care what God willed, DOCH Moses would live, grow up in Pharaoh’s house, run for his life after killing an abusive overseer, and, after years in the wilderness regaining his understanding of God’s world and God’s will, he would return to lead the people to freedom from slavery, into the wilderness, where the people would learn, and fail to learn, to hear and follow God’s commands.

Likewise Peter and the disciples choose to obey God’s will and not human authorities. They would go on to form the beginnings of the Christian faith and spread it to churches around the Mediterranean, from where through the successive generations, others would carry the faith across the whole earth. We have thus received our faith because of Moses and Peter and many other people’s following God’s will when it contravened human authority.

If we so comfortably think that we can please human authority and follow God’s will, we are naively corrupted to ignore God’s will. We either do not know God’s will, or we refuse to see how corrupt human authority is in all places and all times, even now here in Alberta. In either case there are still many whose stories can only be told with a ‘but’. And always God’s story about us contains many many ‘Doch’, as God rescues us from our sins, over and over again.

We pray for just government, church leaders, a business leaders, and leaders in all aspects of life. Doch God calls us to pray that God’s will may be done, also in and among us, for human authority always corrupts itself, ignoring God’s will and leading people to try to live apart from God. Or worse, corrupt religious leaders lead many, many people to follow false godlets, even when the call their godlets by God’s own name.

So we ought to pray that God would bring yet again a ‘Doch’ into our life stories, guide us back to God’s will, and use us to bring God’s will (which is to love, forgive, and share life abundant with all) to all people … starting with ourselves and our own people.

Blameless? Only by Undeserved Grace.

Friday, August 6, 2021

A tree

Closer is still a tree,

Is still a tree,

Is still a tree,

And Always Remains a Tree, Bark and All.

So we, too, always remain sinners.

Genesis 17:1

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Words of Grace For Today

Abram is, best estimate, a conglomeration of actual historical figures, collected into one archetypal character, our ancestor. Whether the stories belong to one man or many different people, at 99 Abram is old. God did invite Abram to walk before him, and Abram was by God’s grace alone, blameless at that time.

Abraham would go on to cheat, lie, covet, commit adultery, kill (or at least plan to kill, and his own son no less), … a good archetypal character. Doesn’t matter if it is one person or many people’s stories gathered under one name. This is true about Abram: God love him and Sarah. God did exceptional things for them, gave them land and descendants, when they were nomads who left home, and cheated their way to some kind of security, passing Sarah off as a sister, and then exactly their hosts honour and wealth when he treated Sarah as Abram’s sister instead of his wife. They used Sarah’s handmaid as a surrogate ‘wife’ for Abram to secure themselves God’s promise of descendants, and then set Hagar and Ishmael packing into the desert wilderness to die when they did not need them anymore, when God provided Sarah a son, Isaac.

Abraham and Sarah certainly were not ‘blameless’ before the Lord, the Lord who knows everything.

St. Paul had it right, Abraham was reckoned to be righteous by grace through faith. God made Abram blameless before God, and God blessed Abraham and Sarah with all they had.

The danger for us when we forget is that we assume God made Abraham and Sarah perfect people … so we think we can become or be made (even by God) to live blameless for the rest of our lives, or even for a day! We cannot.

God alone makes us righteous by grace alone (that is by God’s doing to us as a free, undeserved gift) through faith.

If we think Abram or we can be righteous on our own, we have to live in great delusion, disconnected for our own reality, and we have to try to remove anyone from this real world who knows and will say honestly how broken we really are. It’s impossible except by faking it and becoming truly evil.

The effort to be perfect after our baptisms has been embraced by many Christians, as a way to control others. It’s all a lie … a huge lie that has lived for many generations.

Christ gives us a little light. Just a little light. And the Holy Spirit keeps it burning in spite of all the sins we commit. We cannot choose to be blameless. We can choose to not hide the little light that Christ gives us. We can actually let Christ work through us in all our days, and pray for forgiveness each morning, noon and night.

Or …

Well the other choice is nothing less than living a deluded, dangerous, and evil life … which God surely knows about and will judge those who so choose to live this delusion.

We choose to let our lights shine, Jesus’ lights given to us to carry through our days … not so that people will we awestruck by our having these lights. Rather we choose to let these little lights shine so that others will give God praise, adoration and worship.

People will say: God chooses those sinful people to carry Christ’s light to the world. The wonders done cannot be because of those people. It has to be God’s doing. They will worship God for God’s great works in us good sinners …

and …

They will know that God can work such wonders in their own sinful lives as well.

(That’s carrying the light of Christ for others to see!)

Lost and Found … Home, by Grace

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Cold Cold Cold

It all points to the Truth:

Not Cold, nor Storms, nor Wind, nor Foe

Nothing Separates Us From God’s Grace

and Our Home in the Land of Faithfulness!

Jeremiah 32:41

I will rejoice in doing good to them, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.

Luke 19:10

For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.

Words of Grace For Today

The case where we find ourselves in our stories after we sin, yet again:

To be lost.

To be lost in despair.

To be lost in despair as the rest of the world seemingly peers down on us as nothing.

The case where God’s story takes over ours and becomes ours:

To be found.

To be found worthy.

To be found worthy and given all that can be dreamed of.

If we have not known the first circumstance as our own, each day many times over … if we continually hide the truth from ourselves and we cannot and do not admit how lost we are, then the second circumstance can hardly mean anything.

The Son of Man did not come to heal the self declared ‘healthy’ nor to rescue those that claim not to be ‘lost’. God’s Son came and comes, sought out and seeks out those that are lost, found and finds us and restores us to the fullness of life, found and blessed.

God blesses us by planting us in this land in faithfulness. What a land that is: no fake news, no relative truths, no deception, no getting ahead at others’ cost, no rules using Covid as a cover for corruption and no rampant evil run amok. This land in faithfulness is a land where everyone has a home, a good home. And everyone is faithful to each other and to God.

Of course when the world around us gangs up on us for things we have not done and tries to Gaslight us in to believing that we are worthless, then it certainly helps to know the first case very well as it is actually true for ourselves, AND to know the second case (God’s Grace) to be true for us at the same time. Because then the Gaslighting, no matter how persistent nor long, will not destroy us. Then we benefit for God has planted us in the land of faithfulness. We know how humble we must be, how broken and lost we are, and how blessed we are that God claims us as God’s own children.

In the land of faithfulness all people prosper, contribute, and share blessings, especially with those in need. All the possible dreams of being blessed by God are made to come to be, for us all.

No Covid 19, restrictions, loneliness, covidiots, storming unrighteous and foolish mobs, or threats to our well-being can separate us from God’s blessing.

… So we lay ourselves to sleep each night confident that God’s will can be done also among us, and we will sleep in safety.

… So we rise up in the morning each day confident that God’s will can be done also among us also by us, and we shall live in safety, boldly acting as agents for the Son of Man, seeking, finding, and rescuing the lost … rescuing them with the same Grace that daily saves us.

That’s reality. That’s truth. That’s love.

What a life! God gives us all blessings possible!