When we begin reading Psalm 136, we discover that this psalm is different from the rest. Just look at the first few verses:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. He alone does great wonders. His faithful love endures forever” (Psalms 136:1-3 CSB). Continue reading “God’s love endures forever”
“Then he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him.” Then he will reply from inside, “Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything.” I tell you, even though the man inside will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s sheer persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs” (Luke 11:5-8 NET).
How many of us have friends like the one Jesus talked about? Or, maybe more personally, how many of us are like the man who was already in bed when his friend came to knock on his door? He really didn’t want to have to get back up to find some bread to give to his friend. But he seems to have realized that his friend wouldn’t go away unless he did get up and give him what he needed to meet his needs. Continue reading “Are we asking?”
“He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not…”
So says the young girl while pulling petals off of a daisy. Although it isn’t the definitive way to discover whether someone loves you, many go through such actions to determine whether the love of their beloved is real. Of course there are better ways to determine this! Continue reading “How do I know God loves me?”
If you were to drop by my garden unexpectedly while I’m working in it, you’d have a good chance of finding me singing. I’m not warning you ahead of time in order to avoid your calling Animal Control about a bobcat on the loose. I am simply trying to make the point that being close to nature puts a song in one’s heart.
There are many hymns that invoke the sounds and sights of a garden. At every turn in a natural setting, one might find a horticultural treasure that inspires a person to break out in a song of praise. Continue reading “God’s song”
Could these be some video clips from your neighborhood? Surrounded by her shopping treasures, she could not take her eyes off of her new picture perfect manicure and pedicure. She was feeling great for the moment. Buried deep beneath a wave of consumerism induced euphoria glimmered the thought, “now they will have to like me.” From around the corner, a husband and businessman drove home. While his eyes guided him home, his mind wandered far way to a coworker. “She is just so beautiful.” Slowly he traced the shape of her face and smile in his mind. Several houses down, … Continue reading To Be Known, Yet Loved