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And look for Joy in the little things! Continue reading
Beauty and glimmer,
The man collects and stores
Decorating to his heart’s delight.
Like a magpie he’s attracted by things,
Elegant things to fill his walls and tables,
Shiny things to clean and display.
Neat things, new things, antique things,
Precious things to fill his home.
To the man he’s building a castle,
He decorates his tomb.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Matthew 28:18-20.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
If you examine closely,
you’ll see that you find here,
four nail holes and a fifth one,
made by a Roman’s spear.
On one side the Easter lily,
its center is the star,
that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.
Now break the center open,
and here you will release,
the five white doves awaiting,
to spread Good Will and Peace.
There’s a painting upon a wall,
Of my Lord, Jesus Christ,
Etched in paints and colors,
Depicting a man of light.
To each the painting means something a little different,
To some a foe a myth,
But to the Christian a Savior and friend.
To many they see his eyes,
Warmed by the love the painter tries to show,
While others they notice his blood,
Horrified by the gruesome death and gore.
Yet others notice his skin,
How it’s not historically correct,
But when I see this painting of Jesus,
I can’t help but to be drawn to his hands. Continue reading
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Psalms 19:1).
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:7-10).
Be careful in what you put your pride in. And know that even when life drags you down, there is still something special about you, in which you can take joy in. Two lessons that Pixar reminded us of in 2004, right before they also reminded us of the values of family and heroes with The Incredibles.
A PSALM OF LOGAN, DURING THE OCCASION OF HIS FIRST MONTH SERVING IN FULL-TIME MINISTRY.
O GOD, You are my God.
How long has it been,
since I’ve said, “Thank You?”
How many blessings have You given,
that I have yet to be grateful?
Your well knows no limits,
my cup overflows.
You bless beyond contentment.
In the midst of evil,
You are still good.
Though there is pain,
bullets, and brokenness,
I can take heart in the God of goodness.
Though sometimes You seem far,
You are always so close.
Though I am imperfect,
You make me whole.
Your mercy saves me
from the presence of Your holiness.
Your love and mercy knows no bounds.
Your Spirit’s warm like a blanket,
a gentle breeze that cools,
a blazing fire that warms.
Your Son, the Ultimate Gift,
a Lamb, a Lion, a mirror to gaze into.
You a Father who loves His children,
forgiving, accepting, yet just.
Thank You, O LORD,
for Your salvation,
for Your love, Your joy, Your hope and grace,
Your Spirit and Your Son.
Thank You for Your blessings,
numerous like rain.
And thank You, God my God,
for fathering me.
Thank You, O GOD,
For all that You do,
and are going to do.
Thank You, O Father
for You just being You.