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OUT OF ORDER
I look at those little feet
So shaped like my granddaughter’s
And I know this little child
Is hers – and ours – not some other family’s.
His lips are just like his mother’s –
And his nose and eyes are from his father.
He’s a precious child of God.
Why did I worry about his arrival?
Well, he came out of order!
In my day, first the couple married.
Then they lived together, and
Then they started their family.
Today the order seems to have changed.
First – live together, and then
Confirm your love with a child, and then
You might get married – but not necessarily.
The order of things as taught by grandparents
and confirmed by parents in most cases
Is not the order of things in today’s world.
Things are out of order!
However, this great-grandma is happy to be
GG to this precious child – so dear.
He didn’t choose his parents’ order of things.
All he needs to know is love.
Unconditional love and support are yours.
You are a precious, gift from God.
Xander Leland Cantwell –
Welcome to this world.
Your order is perfect-
Not out of order at all.
How could I have questioned God’s timing?
It’s always perfect!
– praising the enhanced Beekman/Cantwell Family
Terminal or Eternal?
T ime on
E arth is not
M inutes spent
I n mortality
N ever repeat.
A lways spend each one
L ovingly and joyfully.
Time on earth is terminal.
Some believe in a revolving door called reincarnation, believing they’ll return as another person if the good deeds they do in this lifetime do not raise their karma above the 50% mark. Reincarnation becomes a chance to try it again. Be better, kinder, more loving and more wise the next time around, and eventually the Karmic Board will judge you worthy. Your life will tip the Karmic Scale and you’ll earn the right to resurrection and life in Eternity.
Others believe when this terminal life as a human being is over, they’ll return as a creature. They talk about what it might be like to come back as a family pet or as a bee, a bird, or a lion.
Acknowledging that life on earth is terminal, some think that this is all there is. When we die, that’s it. From dust we come; to dust we will return. No reincarnation. No resurrection. No nothing. What a bleak, meaningless existence that must be!
As for me, I believe life on earth is terminal. I don’t believe I’ll return as another person. I don’t see myself coming back in the form of another earthly creature. But, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this brief earthly life is not all there is. I want to live in love and peace, to spread joy and hope, and to serve my Maker and others. But, I don’t live giving out blessings because I think I’m earning the right to live eternally. I don’t serve to rack up points and move a notch closer to God in Heaven in the “After-Life.” My place already has been secured. I serve out of gratitude, hopefully with an attitude of generosity – grateful for the fact that the price was paid. Paid by God’s Son.
That’s what Easter is all about. It’s not bunnies and colored eggs, frilly new dresses, fancy hats, and patent leather shoes. It’s about a Man named Jesus, a span of three years of ministry on earth, teaching us how to live and how to treat one another, and a forty day period we call Lent. Lent is the time when Jesus was accused, tried, convicted for our sins, beaten, crucified on a cross, and buried in a tomb. Because He died with, “Father, forgive them,” on His lips, I am assured of my forgiveness. I know because He rose again, and because He lives, and because He promised, “I go to prepare a place for you,” when my terminal life on earth is over, I will take that place in Eternity reserved for me. My soul will live on. This is not the end.
This is what I believe. Easter assures me. This life is only the beginning.
Hallelujah! Happy Easter!
Reflecting on the rejuvenation of Lazarus.
Bemoaning the death of a dear friend this week:
Jesus, the Healer, reached out.
He felt the pain of parting.
He would gift wholeness and healing.
But first, sorrowful tears were starting.
Like Jesus, our tears fall
When we lose a loved one.
We pray for health and healing,
But it doesn’t always come.
Not the way we expect.
God’s healing takes many forms.
Peace, His shalom, may come
In ways outside our worldly norms.
Totality, completeness, God’s Will
May come with blessings and harmony,
But sometimes wholeness may not be
Available to you and me.
We all suffer from heart’s scars.
We experience hurt often times.
Blemishes, like scratched diamonds,
Can be transformed: Beauty from crimes.
Yes, God’s grace can transform us.
God values us, scratches and all.
In gratitude, we respond
Hearing and answering His healing call.
We engage in the ministry
Of extending compassionate hands.
Our lives are God’s instruments.
Hear His call. Obey His commands.
Reach out in love.
My blogging friend, Russ Towne, wrote and posted the following today:
“Of couples I’ve seen
Way more than a few
Where one is the glitter
The other’s the glue.”
I smiled when I read that
Realizing that I do a lot of glittering
And my dearest friend,
My spouse of 55 years,
Has been a source of the glue
That sticks us together
And has helped this union last.
Yup, it takes both kinds.
Thanks for being the glitter
Right when we needed it, too.
My daddy was right when he said,
“Take this expensive tax deduction
Off of my hands!”
Glitter comes at a price.
I love that man of mine!!
He’s the glue that keeps the lawn mowed
And the glitter that keeps the love growing.
Couples need a lot of both!
What Do We Know?
One thing I do know:
I was blind and now I see.
First sight – a new life –
Could such as this happen to me?
I claim to be sighted,
But can I really see?
What ideas or things
Are blinded to me?
Am I aware of my blindness?
Do I know what I can’t see?
The more I think I know,
The more ignorant I seem to be.
I thought I knew –
So smart, so clever and true.
But I was blind – unaware.
Might that be true, too, of you?
Jesus looked on the blind man.
He made mud with His spit.
He rubbed it on the blind eyes,
And told the man to get rid of it.
Wash it off in a river nearby.
Go and do today what I say.
What does Jesus ask us to wash,
To get rid of in our lives today?
Believe and follow!
Seeing Light is self-authenticating.
See Light through the eyes of faith.
To do less will be self-humiliating.
Obedience is the key
To seeing what God can show.
Then “I was blind, but now I see,”
Will be my song. This I know!
Professions for Peace is one of my favorite WordPress blogs. Read its thoughts for today and study the delightful pictures. You’ll see why.
“Let everything we do and say be an expression of the beauty in our heart, always based on love.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz Live brightly. Be who you are. Who you really are. With all your wrink…
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