Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hands That Served


She watches over the affairs of her household
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her...
Give her the reward she has earned,
And let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
-Proverbs 31: 27, 28, 31


We buried Mom July 5.  Her passing was a great relief and release for our entire family.  Alzheimer's Disease had held her in a mental prison for far too long.  In death, she came back to us.  Her hair was done as she had always kept it, colored and permed.  Her dress was the lovely shade of deep purple she loved and her makeup was perfect.  She was the most beautiful person I've ever seen in a coffin. 

What caught my attention the most was her hands...folded peacefully and finally at rest.  No more shrimp to fry...no more bowls of banana pudding...no more bacon and eggs and grits.  Her service honored and praised her life, and it was uplifting.

Rest well, Mom.   

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wait



I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
-Psalm 27: 13-14

Much is said in the Bible about waiting for the Lord.  Because that's a core characteristic of this life we are privileged to live.  Waiting for God's timing to unfold a situation seems to be our constant condition. 

Never  before have I realized this more than now.  Several matters of extreme importance are hanging in the balance for me, my family and my friends.  I look back now, with the 20/20 vision of years lived, and see how often before we have been in similar situations.   We have never been forsaken, but the waiting is so difficult.  The truth is, when each of the things that we're knock knock knocking on heaven's door about today are finally resolved in God's timing and in His way, there will be something else. 

I ask you today...what are you waiting for?  What situation in your life has you running around in circles, wringing your hands and wondering what to do?  Has it drawn you to your prayer corner where you can blow it all out to the One who cares the most?  It's the most important action we can take...and all too often it's the last thing we do.  Remember...Peace is a Person.

Whatever is beating you down today, take heart.  We will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  But first we have to ... wait.

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.