Thursday, May 29, 2014

Soujourning #9...some have forgotten...

 I have been reading in the ancient texts...reviewing the story of how I came to be here; how my ancestors got here...

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Each of us came from one family, formed by the Creator Himself and "becoming" when He breathed His life into them {1}.  We all bear His image; we are all connected. 

However, it seems that some have forgotten from Whom they came; that there is a beautiful, perfect home prepared and waiting for them{2}.  They live for themselves, they deny their Creator (and therefore a very important piece of themselves, as the Creator made us with a "homing beacon" that is designed to draw us toward Him and His ways{3})  And in this, others are hurt, wounded, by the words, deeds and desires of those who have forgotten.  

To be honest, sometimes I forget too, but only for a moment.  
But the damage I can inflict on another feels the same to them as the kind of damage inflicted by those with permanent amnesia...and I am bruised and crushed as well.

I think He knew this would happen, the amnesia brought on from being away from home so long and with it, a neglecting of the writings He left for us...

I say that, because I found these words as I read in a certain passage {4}...
and my heart was greatly comforted:

He is gentle with those who are bruised and crushed,
He sees the small and insignificant,
He takes them by the hand;
He leads them into His unconditional love..
He’ll steadily and firmly set things right.
He won’t tire out and quit. 
He won’t be stopped.
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  He who created the cosmos, 
stretched out the skies,
    laid out the earth and all that grows from it,
Who breathes life into earth’s people,
   He makes them alive with His own life...
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He says: 
"I’ll take the hand of those who don’t know the way,
    who can’t see where they’re going.
I’ll be a personal guide to them,
    directing them through unknown country.
I’ll be right there to show them what roads to take,
    make sure they don’t fall into the ditch.
These are the things I’ll be doing for them—
    sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute.”

 And then, my heart grew excited, because He had made this declaration:

“I am God. I have called you to live right and well.
    I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe.
I have set you among my people to bind them to me,
    and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations,
To make a start at bringing people into the open, into light:
    opening blind eyes,
    releasing prisoners from dungeons,
    emptying the dark prisons.
I am God. That’s my name."

Even though wounded, even though flawed, He is still with me and giving His life to me, keeping me eternally safe and enabling me to show others the way while we are still sojourning here...
 
 Joining with other lovelies here...
  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Soujourning #8...Spring is a gentle reminder ~

Spring brings gentle reminders to always have hope...
 

That God once loved a garden we learn in Holy writ.
And seeing gardens in the Spring I well can credit it.
~Winifred Mary Letts

How wonderful yellow is - 
it stands for the sun...
~Vincent van Gogh 

Spring is like a promise - He won't be gone forever - even the earth practices bursting forth for His return - new life is here, already here, in this place so far from home... and I can partake of it...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sojourning #7...Surely the lines have fallen in pleasant places for me...

He has made my time of sojourn so delightful...birds that sing in the mornings as I sip a cup of rich, dark coffee...lace, the light of the rising sun, simple wooden chairs slid up to a table ready for abundance -

Surely these things are pleasant reflections of my eternal home?  At least the bird song and coffee...
 
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My heart pours out to Him:
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
Psalm 37:5-6

 And to my fellow sojourners I say:
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart...
Psalm 37:3-4