Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Super Moon

I will sing of the Lord's great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

                                                            Psalm 89: 1 & 2

This is the night of the Super Moon.

Before June, 2013, I paid little attention to the moon.  I knew it was there every night but its phases and closeness to earth and its eclipses were very small blips on my personal radar.  Then came the night after my first chemo infusion when I watched from my hospital room as the Super Moon rose.  From my vantage point, it looked like it was coming right up out of the river.  Just for me.

I have held that experience with the moon as a sign from God that I could count on him to be faithful to me and whatever the earthly outcome of my illness, I would be with Him. 

Tonight, I won't see the moon make its glorious rise because the Florida coastline is covered with clouds.  But I know beyond any doubt that the moon is there.  And I realized, as I stood in my yard staring toward the east and hoping for a glimpse of that bright ball in the sky, that this is a life lesson in faith. 

I can't see it right now, but I know it's there.  Babbie Mason said it this way:

There is a God in Heaven
And I am in His plan
He will forsake me never
My life is in His hands.
His boundless love will lead me
As long as time endures
Oh, this I know
This I know for sure.

(This I Know For Sure, words and music by @Babbie Mason)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Be Still


Some may call it a coincidence.  I know it was a God thing.  It was a Faith Breeze pure and simple: glimpsing God's glory on a stormy Sunday morning.
I greeted the rainy day with a heavy heart.  Several family situations swirled in my head and I almost gave in to the temptation to stay in the dry haven of my home.  Somewhere in the night, the message to be still and stop worrying had come clear to me.  As I sipped my coffee, a hymn started tracking through my brain... does that ever happen to you?  There's a very good reason to learn those old hymns of the church in our early life:  their solid theology comes through when we need it.  This morning the need was simply for peace and comfort.  The song was Be Still My Soul.
And I knew in my heart that the only place I would get the uplift I needed today was in my church.  I was right.  The pastor's message today was Rest.  And the closing hymn... you guessed it...
Be Still My Soul.   I got the message.
And tonight, I share those beautiful thoughts with you as you close your Sunday and head towards Monday.  A woman named Katharina von Schlegel wrote them in 1752, based on Psalm 46:10: 
Be still and know that I am God...
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to your God to order and provide;
In every change God faithful will remain.
Be still my soul:  your best, your heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
To guide the future, as in ages past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
The Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Liz's New Book

A new book by a beloved author is always something to be excited about.  Today I'm waiting for my copy of Liz Curtis Higgs' latest - It's Good to Be Queen. 

Liz will be talking about it in a computer live stream program Wednesday, August 19 from 12 to 12:30.  To get details, go to
www.  I'll be there!  Let's see what Liz has to tell us about the Queen of Sheba.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hope and Grace

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
To the woman who diligently seeks...
When life is heavy and hard to take,
Go off by yourself.  Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer.  Don't ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
(Lamentations: 3:25 & 28 MSG)
It had been a hissy fit, pure and simple.  A nasty, embarrassing explosion of opinion and frustration that splashed out of me and hit some people who didn't deserve it.  I am, after all, human.    Sometimes my mouth - or my typing fingers - are three city blocks ahead of my brain.  I think most people can relate.  So, as I wallowed in mortification wondering what to do, I remembered this passage from Lamentations.
Lamentations is not a pleasant book to read.  All the brutality of humanity is there.  But right in the middle, like the lotus blossom in the blackest mud, is this gem.  This is the chapter that gives us that wonderful promise: Great is His faithfulness.  Right after that, we get our directions.  As the passage is translated in The Message, the steps to restoring us to a healthier mindset are clearly listed:
1.  Go off by yourself. 
        This is not a time for company.
2.  Enter the silence.
        This is not a time for talk.
3.  Bow in prayer.
        Connect with the presence of God.
4.  Don't ask questions.
        You know why you're here. 
5.  Wait for hope to appear.
        You can count on it... it will come. 
That Hope goes hand in hand with the thing we call Grace - the favor from a loving God that we don't deserve. 
In the comforting words of Ann Voskamp:  "Grace has a Name and He always, always meets you".