Meditation — April 17, 2018

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Scripture: But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. “Look! I can see heaven thrown open,” he said, “and the Son of man sanding at the right hand of God.” All the members of the council shouted out and stopped their ears with their hands; then they made a concerted rush at him, thrust him out of the city and stoned him. The witnesses put down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul (later to be Paul and author of Acts). As they were stoning him, Stephen said in invocation, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt and said aloud, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And with these words he fell asleep. Acts 7:55-60
Prayer: Is there harmony In death, I wondered this chilly morning though with the sun ablaze over a rough and tumble ocean. Lord, bring me to an even greater awareness of Your presence in my life and in the lives of loved ones.
Response: Your prayers are answered. How else to explain the time in silence which reveals the Lord’s presence and His Love. That is the true harmony—a harmony that flows in all seasons of the year just as you observe the harmony this morning.
If you were a musician, consider the piece you would create to recall this moment in time that transcends all the chatter of befuddlement as the audience seeks its seating. Listen to the water pushing against the pilings, the depth of His love reaching up to console and encourage you, the silence adorning these moments in inspiration.
Spend some time today and try to fathom what Stephen was viewing when he said—with Saul/Paul among the audience—”I can see heaven thrown open and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.” Praise the Lord!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — April 16, 2018

Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

Scripture: Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near. Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Prayer: Home alone, I was restless last evening. Without much deliberation, I drove two miles to a small restaurant and pub, took a seat at the bar and began to write some reflections in my journal. A couple entered and occupied the seats alongside me and we conversed deeply for about 40 minutes. I was shot through with gratitude and made note of it later in that same journal.
Response: Living alone now and during periods of your life have conditioned you to break out of the isolation of the heart in the company of loved ones or strangers, or in exploring the regions of the heart as you do in your writing.
What a confirmation to receive last evening because you realized down deep that reading would not do it for you. Think also of what the encounter meant to those you met who were experiencing the turmoil of life—but with a smile.
Always be joyful even when the sea of life seems overwhelming as it flows past and seemingly under you without warning. Brilliant is it riding a wave in a kayak, greeting a loved one after an absence, waking to another morning and seeing the sun break through a deep cloud cover. Yes, the Lord is near, especially for you when you can sense the horizon of life. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — April 14, 2018

Posted on Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Scripture: As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting, “Take pity on us, son of David.” And when Jesus reached the house the blind men cam up to him and he said to them, “Do you believe I can do this?” They said, “Lord, we do.” Then he touched their eyes saying, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” And their sight returned. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “Take care that no one learns about this.” But when they had gone away, they talked about him all over the countryside. Matthew 9:27-31
Prayer: At timed I am one of those blind men and then . . . .the incident yesterday when I was hopelessly lost, rushing to donate clothes to a mission and then continuing on to my next appointment. Praying voicelessly I discovered instead of being miles distant to my goal, I was almost embarrassingly close. It was as if the terrain accommodated to urgency.
Response: Letting go is difficult to learn after a lifetime of clutching close. Spending time in reflection and accepting those occasions when you realize comfort, accommodation, and love almost by chance—not quite—it was through the Lord’s grace and bounty.
Such ingredients of His love are manifest and entwined in your being as if the Master weaver is not quite done with His tapestry—and He isn’t.
Give thanks and awareness of His presence in your life and in the lives of your loved ones. Share His presence with those still clouded in doubt, even on a brilliant morning of His love. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation–April 13, 2018

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018

Scripture: “Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and acts on them—I will show you what such a person is like. Such a person is like the man who, when he built a house, dug, and dug, deep, and laid the foundations on rock; when the river was in flood it bore down on that house but could not shake it, it was so well built.” Luke 6:47-48
Prayer: After almost a century of my prayer—I tend to exaggerate—these verses are especially meaningful to me, as I can still recall vividly our stay in a hut built on rock in Malaysia so many years ago when a terrific storm struck, yet we remained safe. Continue to teach me, Lord, to trust.
Response: You don’t need to travel 12,000 miles to feel overwhelmed by external conditions—whatever they may be and however often they may strike. However, it is along the deep interior corridors of your heart that you can always experience His peace, calm, assurance, and strength.
Recall the Lord’s words—I will show you–the next time you are stressed; retreat within and discover the truth of the Lord’s words in the surprising peace you experience.
Now, see if you can witness that peace the next time you encounter a loved one or stranger who must also discover the staircase within. Praise the Lord!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — April 12, 2018

Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Scripture: Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near. Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Prayer: I am in midst—hopefully in the final stage—of a massive clean-out of the old from my home in preparation for the new. What a relief to let go of the past and embrace what is before me, and most of all to be joyful.
Reflection: The peace of the God is indeed invading your interior—as found in discarding what represents the past in possessions, and in embracing what is before you in soulful prayer for family, friends, and those scattered about the world in confusion.
Take note of the manifestation of your prayer in silence, during reflection upon scripture, in the depth of your heart pleading for understanding, compassions, and perseverance.
Begin this day and the following with the opening words of the scripture—Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Praise the Lord!
All for this morning.
 

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