Saturday, April 16, 2016

Easter Leftovers

On a hill faraway stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame.
And I love that old cross, where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
We see them  in many places...three crosses to remind us of the meaning of Easter.  The empty cross...the leftover emblem from Christ's passion.  Just a few sticks and splinters and often in fields overgrown with weeds.  But they represent the Hope of those who are called Christians. 
These crosses are on a back road in North Florida.  They stand beside a burned out church building.  People prayed in this building.  They hit their knees and accepted Jesus as their savior in this building.  They loved, they cried, they got married, they buried their dead...all from within this white frame building.  And now it's a burned out shell.  But God knows it all...and remembers.  What is bound on earth is bound in heaven.
Those who pass by this way...if they look with the right eyes...glimpse God's glory in a rugged, weather beaten cross amid a field of weeds and sandspurs.  And maybe their hearts whisper a little prayer:  "Thank you, Jesus."

Monday, April 11, 2016

All Sufficient Grace

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
- 2 Corinthians 12: 9
My grandson, Nathaniel, is six years old.  Today he was honored for being on the A-B honor roll in his first grade class.  Nathaniel is smart, funny, sweet, and has a will of iron.  You can see that he wears glasses.  He also has a hearing aid.  Nathaniel only has about half the hearing in one ear.  The other ear has none. 
It was a bit devastating when we learned - a little over a year ago - that he has this hearing loss.  Facing this kind of thing involves the whole family.  Nathaniel has done his share of fussing.  It's hard for a little guy to endure the sticks and probes of all the testing and then they stick that goop in your ear to make the mold for the hearing aid.  Honestly, he handled it better than a lot of adults would have.  In the end, he sticks his "ear" on and goes about life.  It never occurs to him that he's impaired. 
You can imagine how it thrills and encourages this grandmother's heart to watch Dancing With The Stars and see the incredible dancing of the man named Nyle.  He is totally deaf since birth.  And he is one of the best dancers this season.  He hears nothing, but hits every beat.  Fantastic!
The Apostle Paul shared in 2 Corinthians that he had a thorn in his flesh...something that God gave him the grace to live with.  All you need is my grace, God told him.  My power shines brightest in the weakest places. 
And that grace is sufficient for everything we need.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

He Lives!

(Photo by Judy Deeson)
 The Lord liveth and blessed be my Rock
and let the God of my salvation be exalted!
This chorus has gone around in my head all day, along with Charles Wesley's Christ The Lord Is Risen Today.  Easter is glorified by the music of the church.  If your heart doesn't sing
about the Resurrection, what CAN it sing about? 
Wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed Easter Day. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Lesson of the Swan

I have a guest blogger this week.  My daughter, Becky Loar, is a wife, mom, Christian singer, voice teacher, and all around busy lady in Jacksonville, Florida.  She shared the following Faith Breeze.
A few days ago, I was driving by a pond that had a lovely Swan in it.  It took my breath.  I thought it was so beautiful and serene.  The next morning, I drove past that same pond, hoping to see the Swan.  I realized it was gliding along in the same place.  I thought, "How odd that the Swan was in the same place as yesterday." 
On the third day as I passed, the Swan was right where I left it.  That's when I realized I had been had!  A decoy.  This picture perfect vision of beauty was shattered.  I thought, "How dumb am I to fall for that.  I knew it was too perfect to be true!"  Duped by a decoy.
How often in life does this happen to us.  The idea of an image of the way we look, or the perfect home or the car we drive.  It's all just a mirage.  The true beauty is behind the door of that not-so-perfect home where love abounds or in the car where Christian radio is always playing and the voices of little children ring through my ears.  That is true beauty.
Thanks for sharing that, Becky.  We have so many decoys in this world...things that look so real but are nothing but a plastic facsimile.  The thing we can count on to be real is God as we see Him in His Son, Jesus.  Jesus tells us,  "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father."  (John 14:9)
Lord, help us to see the real things and not be duped by decoys.