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Meditation — August 6, 2018

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

Scripture: While I was watching, thrones were set in place and one most venerable took his seat. His robe was white as snow, the hair of his head as pure as wool. His throne was a blaze of flames, its wheels were a burning fire. A stream of fire poured out, issuing from his presence. A thousand waited on him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was in session and the books lay open. Daniel 7:9-10
Note: Daniel is a representative apocalyptic seer, who accepts his God as the true source of knowledge.
Prayer: I am so thankful that I am inspired to research what is presented to me, discovering all the time a truth that I would have missed. So, it is in reflecting upon this morning’s scripture in the bright morning light.
Response: While I was watching—are words that mirror for you the search for the Lord’s truth in all aspects of your life. That truth is discovered in what you read and reflect upon, in those with whom you are blessed to encounter, especially when you listen, in your prayers that range the globe and the conflicts that sometimes engulf wide areas.
A stream of fire poured out, issuing from his presence—Note how you are touched as intimately as if you were present as Daniel preached in the mid-second century, BC. Your stillness gives voice to the Lord’s inspiration this very moment as it was delivered to Daniel.
The court was in session and the books lay open—Here you are this morning lifting words off a page and seeing them disappear as inspiration into the corridors of your heart. Praise the ever-present Lord who occupies that heart to overflowing.
All for this morning.

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Meditation — August 5, 2018

Posted on Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Scripture: Jesus answered them: “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst.” John 6:35
Prayer: The morning moisture cover the window, requiring me to reassemble in my mind the structures, trees, and vegetation before me into the familiar scene of my morning. So, I reflect upon these familiar words that have carried so much meaning for me.
Response: You are on the fringes of a large crowd of Jesus’ followers, almost unaware of the press of those seeking to gain a better place to hear and see the Lord. Somehow, you remain still in the Lord’s presence, taking in very word and feeling recognition in His eyes as He focuses His glance in your direction.
I am the bread of life. You find yourself nodding in agreement, though you have often challenged this truth as you pursued sometimes conflicting paths. You don’t even have to read the words that follow, so familiar are you with the grace that accompanies your recognition, much like how you reassembled in your heart His words as they apply to your life this morning.
You have not and will not hunger in the Lord’s embrace, nor will you ever thirst as you seek Him daily in your sometimes erratic and unconscious path through the forest that is laid out before you. Repeat today, in all the uncertainty it might reveal, the words—No one who believes in me will every thirst. You are encouraged to pause these words to penetrate your heart today and the following days of your life. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — August 4, 2018

Posted on Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Reading: Old men ought to be explorers Here and there does not matter We must be still and still moving Into another intensity For a further union, a deeper communion Through the dark cold and empty desolation, The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning. East Coker from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.
Prayer: At the point of death, Father John Main, noted for his deep spiritual devotion, spent time rereading TS Eliot. This morning I am encouraged to be that “old man explorer” seeking union with the Lord.
Response: Was it the rain that caught you without a rain jacket near the beach, the cloud formations over the ocean that outlined castles and palaces of the past, the depth of your prayer on the walk, or was it simply a harmony of soul that you are experiencing that prompted the prayer?
Take special note of who you are this moment in time and celebrate as if you are with loved ones and friends and with no warning you are in a celebration that you did not plan or expect. That is what describes what living in the Lord’s grace is.
Share this living experience with those you encounter this day and pray deeply for those thundering in confusion to find their way to the prized mountain-top vista—above the clouds—about which they heard. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — August 3, 2018

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Scripture: Trust wholeheartedly in Yahweh, put not faith in your own perception; acknowledge him in every course you take, and he will see that your paths are smooth. Proverbs 3:5-6
Prayer: I am sitting in stillness reflecting upon this scripture lesson. The familiarity of the verses does not hinder me from reading and reflecting upon them as if I found the verses for the first time on a parchment as I journeyed alone across a desert of indeterminate breadth.
Response: That is an accurate description of your life journey, and even acknowledges the solitary nature of your prayer, and your continuing search for the Lord in all your actions and interactions with those you encounter.
Yes, the trust is sometimes challenged as you and loved ones experience the unexpected that at times results in loss and grief. But isn’t it so that such instances blossom in time into blessings and healing that you could have hardly anticipated, once you look beyond the restrictions of self and administer to those in need?
So today, consider the trust of Yahweh in your life and what you must do—or better –who you must become to acknowledge Him in every course you take, beginning this morning as the first step on your journey. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — August 2, 2018

Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Readings: Seeing the sun rise is a fine thing. (Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon); Night is the longest, Sun also rises (inscriptions on our wedding rings of forty years); My whole being hopes in the Lord, more than the watchman for daybreak; more than the watchman for day break. (Psalm 130:6)
Prayer: My whole being hopes in the Lord. This morning I am at a deep peace reflecting on scripture that takes me into a timeless zone of prayer and stillness, where the only sound is of the computer keys.
Reflection: You can still recall how your college adjunct professor who distributed a couple of paragraphs of Hemingway’s writing, focusing on the sunrise, on the first day of class in 1957; the wedding inscriptions worn until your spouse’s death; this morning’s psalm which brings you into an even deeper reflection.
Take this morning’s signposts to assist you in recalling the journey you have taken to this day and hour and place—all the time accompanied by the Lord who displays His love lavishly in all seasons of life—especially when His love is measured by the healing, forgiveness, and grace that enfolds you.
Take some time today to pray for those who are still stumbling to find the path to the heights of His love, measured in the depths of one’s heart. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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