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King of Kings

I have been reading about kings…and it has been a good read.  I have been transported to the North and to the South…in a fantasy world, that an awesome author created….but, alas, all of the story, does not match with what I have known of my true King. This King who has come here, to experience life with us…amazing.

That He created the world, and yet came to us as a mere human being, lived as we would live…What love  must that have been?  The creator of the universe comes to feel His creation.  He comes to understand His people.

Oh, my God…that you would know me.  One of so many.  I cherish you.  You, my God, are my one true King…You will always be mine, you will always be near.  I love you with all of my heart, with everything that I am…and I will shout it to the world!!


Reflections on Sunday’s Service…

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! “

During this morning’s service, Pastor asked us to reflect on what it means to be blessed.  She asked us to consider the paradox of blessings.

We looked at the story of Mary and Elizabeth.  I can’t imagine that  Mary felt completely blessed when she realized the fact that she was a 13 year-old, un-married woman, pregnant and yet a virgin.  What must have been going through her head as she contemplated how she would begin to explain to her fiance, her family, her neighbors how she had come to be in this position?  Would they believe her?  It would have been a scandal at the very least, and also, as Pastor pointed out, a possibility of a death sentence.  The punishment for adultery in those times was death by stoning.

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.  

And so, Mary hurries to a trusted relative, a woman much older than she.  She makes a nine day journey for advice? comfort? to try to make sense out of what was happening to her? Or perhaps she really needed to check out that what the angel had said was true.  She must have had great trust and respect in Elizabeth.

She must have had a tremendous faith in God!  How could she possibly comprehend the scope of this blessing?  Do you see blessings in impossible situations?  I have to admit that I sometimes find it very difficult to feel blessed when I am in the middle of a crisis.  I become frustrated with God.  “Can’t you hear me?  Why are you not answering my prayers?”

It is easy to feel blessed when things are going well, but how hard is it to trust God and His plans and have faith that in all circumstances He is blessing us?  Mary could not have begun to understand what the following months and years would bring to her, but she answers.  “I am the Lord’s servant.  May your word to me be fulfilled.”  Imagine what blessings that kind of answer would bring to our lives!

So, on this third Sunday of Advent, as we prepare and wait for the celebration of the birth of our Lord and His second coming, may we thank Him for the family, friends and people that He so beautifully puts into our lives.  May we thank Him for the blessings that He brings, the ones that are easy to see..and the ones that are difficult to understand.

Be Born In Me – Francesca Battistelli

Sunday’s Service: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are My ways your ways.”

Praise to the King of the Universe!

May I never take for granted the amazing privilege it is to be able to communicate with You!

Praise to the God of Creation!

May I keep in mind Who I commune with and understand that Your Way is the only Way.

Praise to the Holy Spirit!

May I be still and Listen.  You are the great Director, who enables me to receive the voice of God .

Praise to Jesus Christ!

May I never stop thanking you for dying on the Cross, so that I can have Life, so that I can be strengthened by You to continue on the path that You have set for me.

Your thoughts and your ways are much higher than mine. Thank You, that I can rest in the fact that, even though I may not be able to comprehend the majesty of You, it is well.

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


Saturday’s Song – On Death (and Life)

I have some strong thoughts on how I want to be handled after I leave this world.  Most of my family has heard me express my wishes and I suppose it would be wise for me to do the official thing and make it legal, but it’s hard to think about these preparations.  Continue reading

Audacious faith confessions…(Post A Day: What is your strategy for life?)

What is my strategy for life?…Recently I read the book Sun Stand Still by Pastor Steven Furtick. In the Chapter, Hear, Speak, Do, Pastor Furtick challenged me to preach to myself…”You see, there are going to be many points alont the way when you’re not going to have anyone around to motivate you or encourage you. And in those moments; you’d better be able to open God’s Word, look in the mirror and remind yourself of the truth.” (p. 113).  He listed what he called “Audacious Faith Confessions.”  Continue reading