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Pieces of Change

I have never considered myself a particular religion.  I was baptized and confirmed “Lutheran,” but haven’t attended a Lutheran church in 40 years! Spent four years with the Unitarian Universalist church, meeting amazing people who challenged my beliefs.  Met a new friend who invited me to her church; Episcopalian, new to me, but also similar to the Catholic churches that I had explored, including retreat for more than fifteen years.  Seems that maybe I was heading the way of Catholicism, but never felt the draw to convert and join.  UNTIL NOW.

I’m on a new journey; again.  Thank goodness that God honors and encourages the soul to seek.  At least, that’s what I believe.

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So once again I put my thinking cap and glasses on, looking toward a new future, one that saves my soul, captures my spirit, embraces my faith and brings me closer to home.  Amen.

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Pieces of Friendship

Jesus was friends with many people and in our quest to be more like Him, we share our life with friends also.

There are many variations of the bible; versions such as King James or the Living Bible, Good News, etc., but until today I had never heard of The Message.  I love how it breaks down these verses in Job 29:3-5

Job now resumed his response: “Oh, how I long for the good old days, when God took such very good care of me. He always held a lamp before me and I walked through the dark by its light. Oh, how I miss those golden years when God’s friendship graced my home, When the Mighty One was still by my side and my children were all around me, When everything was going my way, and nothing seemed too difficult.

What a beautiful definition of friendship with God. 

Today I spoke with a friend who is a snowbird in Texas.  We try and talk  once a week now, but oftentimes it’s less often.  I miss seeing her whenever I want, but I know she is just a call away.

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Maybe we feel that way sometimes with God.  We haven’t been studying His word, or spending time in prayer, worship or in solitude.  He too, is just a call away, He is always here, we just have to ask, cry out or pray.  Sometimes all three!

May you be blessed this week, finding time with a good friend and with the best friend; Jesus.

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Pieces of garland

When Jesus was born in a lowly manger, there was no garland, no star for the tree, in fact, no decorations, because it wasn’t Christmas yet.  The people may have celebrated a new year, but it was mostly turning the pages of time.

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To me, garland is grand, sparkling, festive and very shiny.  Jesus deserved this kind of entrance into the world, didn’t He?  He was showered with expensive gifts from the three wise men, so perhaps that fills the void (for me)!

The real reason for the birth of this baby, was His destiny; He was born into greatness.  He would not only walk among human beings for 33 years of His life, but He would save us, from an empty life, one filled with sin, strife and pain.

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Thank you God, for the miracle of Jesus’s birth, His life on earth with us and the promise of eternal life with You.  You are the garland on my tree!

 

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Pieces of Grace

Grace is the foundation of our faith and daily strength.  What then, does it mean to “live in grace”?

For me, it is to be like-minded with Christ, to want what He wants for me, not the other way around.  It’s so easy for us to let time slip, days pass without opening our Bible, reading something encouraging, sharing with our Heavenly Father, the hopes and fears we have.  Something draws us back, and I believe it the work of the Holy Spirit.  Perhaps you’ve gone stagnant, still a believer, grounded in your faith, attending church regularly and bible study, but maybe your light has disappeared. That “still small voice” that guides our comings and goings.  That voice that is your Father

It’s easy to get back in touch, whether your distance has been a few weeks, or perhaps many years.  Jesus is always here for us.  He wants to reconnect, no matter how long its been.  He nudges softly, reminding us that He never left, it was us who stepped further and further away.

Your conversation doesn’t have to be complicated.  Ask God for what you need, be mindful that you are the presence of the Holiest One.  And He wants you back in the fold.  He has missed you.  Let Him provide the grace necessary to live in His word.

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Pieces to Remember

My 88 year old MIL passed away a few weeks ago.  It’s been so hard.  Even knowing she was called home to be with Jesus and is sitting with her Heavenly Father, reunited with family, friends and pets – doesn’t make it easier on this end.

That’s the irony of death.  They’ve moved on and we are stuck here to grieve.

It IS unfair.

But just as we live on earth, we are to continue on until we are called to live in eternity with God.  And so, we need to remember all of the good pieces that our loved one brought to our life.

Memories, laughter, silliness, joy.  Honor your love for them this way.

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The Greatest Love

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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The journey of cancer has made me very reflective.  I am free, healing, solemn and a garden-variety-of-words that face me each day.
Prior to cancer I was a “talk radio” person, I rarely listened to music, preferring a jarring conversation about what is wrong with the world today, or what is right (God)!
In the “dark nights of the soul” I found some unbelievably heavy-hearted, beautiful soul cleansing music.  To this day I am still deeply moved by the lyrics.  My favorite is:
Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
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Pieces of Truth

When we were little kids, we often had to “fess up” for something we said or did that wasn’t right or nice.  Our parents usually instigated the apology or retribution.

Our Heavenly Father does this with His grown up kids too.  He pushes on our conscience until we know what has to be done.  We ultimately need to confess and/or apologize to another grown up for the wrong we committed.  Perhaps we were very judgemental, spewing our opinions on another, or we did or didn’t do something that really hurt that person.

Not very Christian.  And not very human.

I’ve heard countless stories about little kids who stole a candy bar and ended back at the store with tears in their eyes and a big apology to “never steal again.”

It’s not quite that effective when we are adults and have harmed someone with words or actions.  Because we are sinners, we will likely do again; and again.  Not to the same person hopefully, but we will hurt another person whom we love and after awhile it creates a cycle of shame.

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But God doesn’t intend to shame us, or use the shame to straighten us out.  He loves us.  No.  Matter.  What.  We.  Do.

But He wants us to learn.

How do we learn?  By apologizing first.  Praying forgiveness.  Learning not to continue the sin.  We often bang our heads against the wall for years.  Why can’t we stop hurting people?  Why do we have to be so self righteous?  Why can’t we see the sin?  Why can’t we learn from it?

Because we are attempting to heal a hurt with a human solution.

We need God’s solution.  It’s called TRUTH. 

Webster defines truth as:

a (1) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality
(2) : the state of being the case : fact
(3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
b : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true

We know what is true in our own lives.  We know even truer when God is the center.

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