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It Will Surprise You

Let’s not restrict this to one day a year.  Deal?

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

And here’s an alternative version:

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

 

Wish I’d Written This About You

Wish I’d written this.

About you.

Because it’s true.

Thank you for reading my blog and for commenting here or on FB or wherever and even when we see each other.

Now then: again, wish I’d written this —

Every time you cross my mind,

I break out in exclamations of thanks to God.

Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer.

I find myself praying for you with a glad heart.

I am so pleased that you have continued on

believing and proclaiming God’s Message,

from the day you heard it right up to the present.

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind

that the God who started this great work in you

would keep at it and bring it

to a flourishing finish

on the very day Christ Jesus appears.  

— St. Paul, Philippians 1:3-6,

The Message version

We Have All Been Diminished

Dr. Don Saliers, my faculty advisor, seminary professor, mentor, friend — wrote this re: Ferguson, and it’s with his permission that I share his last evening’s reflections —

It’s what’s on everybody’s screens. The ancient question over and over: “How long, O Lord?” We’ve played this scene over and over again. Nothing but that odd combination of grief and indignation…we have all been diminished–we of the ten thousand wars.

Response to Ferguson Situation

Response to our Ferguson situation?

Only one I can recommend —

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

“Normally, People Like You”

The homeless teenager walked right up to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and got in his face.  “Normally, people like you,” he began, addressing the Mayor.

They were both participants in an all-night “Sleep Out” last November.  Hosted by Covenant House Missouri, the event began three years ago to raise awareness as well as money.

Civic leaders and corporate executives do exactly what the name says and “Sleep Out” on Covenant House’s parking lot.  Cardboard is their bed, their roof, their shelter.

Two-thousand children and youth face that reality every night in St. Louis.

How many do we have here in Effingham?  Let’s listen again: “Normally, people like you don’t notice people like me.”

Somewhere in the mix of power players and scared kids on that parking lot someone said, When I was homeless, you took me in.  Jesus says that in Matthew 25:35.

“Normally, people like you don’t notice people like me.”  Before the adult could respond, the homeless teenager then said to Mayor Slay, “Thank you for being here tonight.”

Let’s notice.  That’s a good start.

Life in All Its Fullness, part 3 of 3

Jesus said, I have come that you may have life in all its fullness.

He wasn’t kidding.

What would life in all its fullness feel like for you this weekend?

What’s stopping you from enjoying life in all its fullness?

What changes will you make so that you can enjoy life in all its fullness right now?

Life in All Its Fullness, part 2 of 3

Jesus said, I have come that you may have life in all its fullness.

He wasn’t kidding.

What would life in all its fullness feel like for you this weekend?

What’s stopping you from enjoying life in all its fullness right now?

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