Heart made of sand
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!
Only God knows when
The Son of Man will come.
When we least expect Him,
He will overwhelm some.
But, as Christians, we
Won’t be surprised at all.
God already is with us,
So we live expecting His call.
We can’t solve our mortality.
We can’t achieve eternal life.
We know our days are limited
As we live in both joy and strife.
Our lives are vulnerable;
We find security in routine.
But with God, no day is mundane.
We are at risk. Know what I mean?
When God is revealed in you,
You live expecting the end,
And you understand intrusion
With continuation around the bend.
God will come, so be prepared.
He’ll come to you and lift you
To life in His Kingdom.
In anticipation, know He’ll shift you.
Divine Advent; Be ready!
God will break in like a thief in the night.
He will just show up!
So, better live in His Light.
Be aware – Be sensitive –
Be quick to admit – Ask forgiveness –
Embrace the right – Reject the wrong –
Obey God – Trust – Endure – Mature.
Jesus – simple, yet complex
A prophet is known
by the company he keeps.
If Jesus were a true prophet,
the right people would be His sheep.
But baaaaad people hung out
with Jesus – sinners of the worst sort.
Jesus scandalously kept company
with tax collectors, folks report.
His circle included prostitutes.
He dined with people of ill repute.
How did He respond to complainers?
Did He have a good word of refute?
No, He told the story of the lost –
Lost coins, lost sheep, lost kids.
Find the coin, search for lambs,
Be relentless finding others, Jesus bids.
But, though we’re concerned,
We have our limits, right?
Do we seek unending until we find?
No, it’s not about us and our plight.
It’s about God who searches.
It’s about our Lord who actively calls.
He needs us all … you and me.
Invite the outsiders. Break down walls.
I take notes when I listen to the sermon in church. It helps me internalize the message in a way that sticks. Then, I can share with my husband, Bob, whose mind wanders during sermons. We discuss it on the way home and I read my notes to him. Usually they are in poetic format. That’s how my mind holds on and interprets.
Here is my take on Rev. Jean Johnson’s message from John 17: 2-26.
MAKE US ONE
May the love I have for you
Also be in you.
May my words echo in your heart
And ring loud and true.
Each day I pray for you and yours,
For health and strength and peace.
My prayers include family and friends,
My kids, my sis, my niece.
I pray for us and our health, too,
And ask for family unity.
Jesus prayed that we be ONE –
Mend divisions between you and me.
From time’s beginnings, splits occurred –
From Adam, to disciples, to now.
Jesus asked God to make us one –
Stop our bickering somehow.
Set aside our differences.
Teach us, Lord, to pray
That we can love as Jesus loved.
Make us one today.