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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.
The picture to the right is of a Celtic Chapel located in Cornwall England. This building is approximately 1700 years old, and contains a holy well known for its healing powers.
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"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known. But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:9-13, ASV
I recently got glasses. They are bifocals that I need to wear all the time. I've gone my whole life without them, and it is going to take a lot of practice to get used to wearing them. Someone told me the other day that he once heard it said that walking with bifocals is like walking in water, since everything below the line (the near-sighted vision) is blurry. That is definitely how I feel. It was very difficult the first few days, but each day becomes a little easier.
I have also had to figure out how to use the glasses at the computer. This has perhaps been the most difficult. I have rearranged my desk, but some of the changes simply did not work. I try new things each day, but it helps that my eyes are becoming accustomed to the glasses. I expect that I will eventually have it worked out. For now I will just have to live with the little aches and pains that come with learning new (better) posture.
It has been a bit of a struggle, but very worthwhile because I can see again. Things definitely begin to change as we get older and sometimes we do not even realize it is happening. Eyesight, hearing, weight, muscle, joints... they all change slowly until one day you realize that your body is old and broken. I could read just fine, but I have to admit that my eyes got very tired and I had some issues with lighting. Now I can see much more clearly and my eyes do not get nearly as tired.
Today's passage from Paul is a humbling reminder that we are imperfect. We do not see clearly. We do not fully understand our God or the faith that we proclaim. We have grown and matured, but even the most educated theologians still see in the mirror darkly because we are tainted by our own sinfulness. But God has given us Jesus-colored glasses which help us to see more clearly. It is amazing for us to see the world through Him, to realize His grace and to experience His love in a whole new way. Someday we will see with absolute sharpness. We won't have to see the world as both saint and sinner, but we will be in the presence of God for eternity and we will see Him fully and completely.
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"Jehovah, thou wilt ordain peace for us; for thou hast also wrought all our works for us. O Jehovah our God, other lords besides thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all remembrance of them to perish. Thou hast increased the nation, O Jehovah, thou hast increased the nation; thou art glorified; thou hast enlarged all the borders of the land." Isaiah 26:12-15, ASV
We visited many old castles when we lived in England. One, I don't even remember where it was, impacted me because it was so small. As a matter of fact, it was no larger than the house in which I live today. It had been a strong castle with thick stone walls, although obviously the king or ruler who lived there was not king over much.
In those ancient days many kings ruled over the land. They held kingdoms that were no more than a few hundred acres with only a few hundred subjects. Their neighbors also considered themselves kings or rules. War was constant as the neighboring rulers tried to gain power, property and subjects. They built larger, stronger castles for protection, seeking refuge behind stone walls. These structures offered safety for a time, but there was always someone smarter, stronger, or quicker who could bring the king to defeat. Sometimes the enemy came from within the walls of the castle, such as a child, brother or trusted friend. Eventually the many smaller kingdoms were merged into the larger one, but even then the wars for power continued.
No matter how strong they were, none of those kings could defeat death. There were some rulers who lasted a long time. They often were men or women who ruled with goodness and mercy, beloved of all the people, even those who might have considered themselves enemies. Even those rulers died eventually. Their kingdoms were passed on to their children, but they too no longer exist. Today, all that remains of these kingdoms are the empty shells of once magnificent castles. Even the memory of many of those rulers has been lost to history.
Jesus Christ, the Servant King, did not wage war for power or property. He lived without a roof for His head, relying upon God's protection and provision. He battled with those who would bring down His kingdom, the people who did not see the truth of His purpose. His refuge was not a strongly built castle, but the LORD God Almighty.
While other kingdoms have been brought to ruin, our Lord Jesus still reigns. This Servant King, one of true goodness and mercy, accomplished the defeat of death itself, by the power and authority of His Father, our God. Glory, honor and praise be to God the King and our Lord Jesus, the Servant King. May you know God's peace today as you live in His Kingdom.
The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.
Scripture on this page taken from the American Standard Version of the Holy Bible which belongs to the public domain. Some scripture on this site taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
As you may be aware, I also write a weekly devotional on Wednesday called "MIDWEEK OASIS." For those of you who are familiar with lectionary scripture sources, MIDWEEK OASIS is based on the texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text. We are now using the lectionary for our A WORD FOR TODAY texts. This devotional is posted on Wednesday, at both A WORD FOR TODAY and at MIDWEEK OASIS.
You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes