Monday, December 24, 2012

The Greatest Gifts

I've been thinking about these words for a couple of days now. What precious and magnificent presents we have been given!
Merry Christmas to each of you (which means - a peaceful, content day of worshipping Jesus, the Christ, God's anointed One)

Ephesians 1:3-6 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
(The Message)

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Wedding "Down Under"

Recently I have been absorbed in preparations for my daughter's wedding in Australia. I returned just a couple of days ago and am recovering from jet lag. The wedding was wonderful and I am delighted in her choice of lifelong love.

Below is a photo of the happy couple and our family. Celebrating and savoring the sweet moments.

Today's Tragedy

The school shooting in Connecticut brings tears to my eyes, grief to my heart and weariness to my soul. I am asking God to bring comfort to the families of those killed and to the survivors and their families as they walk a desperately painful path ahead. I am weary of evil. Jeremiah 17:9 says the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. That was demonstrated today and is demonstrated in me and each one of us when we choose words or actions that are evil. I long for Jesus' return and the end of Satan's reign.  Meanwhile, I am reminded not to "cast the first stone" and to pay closer attention to God's instructions for LIFE for me and those around me.

On a practical level, here is some good counsel for those of you with children from

Praying and hoping in God...