tomorrow’s harvest is empty
no baby for her arms
Burying 2 children (for different families) in one day is overwhelming for us, but it sadly is not uncommon for our Ugandan family. Just 2 weeks ago, one village buried 10 boys playing soccer when the lightening hit.
Jesus as He sojourned on this dirty planet not only saw but lived the sorrow of living.
Consider:”Love your neighbor as yourself” which He considered the second greatest commandment after “Love God.”Matthew 5:43
Loving your neighbor means holding her dead baby while she throws her grieving body on a matte. Loving your neighbor means supporting her as she hears that her husband has left for another woman and took the children. Loving your neighbor means holding a weak arm that reaches toward heaven with one last breath.
We are being faced with daily choices to be the best we can be in loving our neighbor or being the worst we can be (thus hating our neighbor.) Yes these are challenging times but the sorrows we face can make us stronger when we clasp hands with another and press forward.
Jesus was unloved by mankind. “He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him…” Isaiah 53:3
“I was a child soldier stolen from my tribe and forced to learn to shoot a gun. They played tricks on our minds. My wife was made to be their slave– to do whatever the soldiers wanted. God was miraculous– I was rescued before I ever was made to kill another person.”
My jaw wanted to drop as our pastor friend David shared pieces of his experiences in the LRA’s hell.
What I noticed is that he didn’t dwell on the past or feel sorry for himself; his focus was on the needs of the village in the present.
Today is a day that we remember; a type of hell that was inflicted upon the United States–I was there.
We watched the screen as the second tower was hit. We knew it was not an accident — the Pentagon was already making a plan; that’s when I felt the shock wave ripple under me.
The Bible tells us that suffering is inevitable. It’s what we do after we are a child soldier or a survivor of 9/11 that matters. I learned to love my neighbors no matter where they are…or what they have done.
What will you learn or what have you learned from your time of crisis?
“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.”
We are writing this blog as a way to gather “lessons” and examples that can be taught as we traverse the globe. The Mr is a student (almost finished) of seminary where he is studying the Old and the New Testament and how the Greek and Hebrew texts open our eyes to deeper and thoughtful meaning for the original text. One word in the Bible can speak volumes of truth. Let me give you an example of a word that we are studying: hesed (or chesed). In our vernacular this Hebrew word means mercy. When it is in reference to the Lord it is kindness, love, long suffering… Don’t let this little word fool you it is as deep and wide as God’s love for us. The word hesed can be used by someone calling for the Lord to bless others. These blessings are used in 2 Samuel 9:1-13 where David seeks to bless someone in Saul’s household. It is clear that all blessings come from the Lord.
You will find hesed with God’s people in Egypt and again in the wilderness (Exodus 20:6). You will see two women who have nothing; in gleaning they receive hesed (Ruth 2:20). The one who was pierced for our sins reaches into each life as our high priest to offer mercy and blessing — hesed. (Hebrews 4:16.) So let us then look deeper word by word into God’s magnificent Word. May the Lord bless you with loving kindness as you see “hesed” in so many places.
focus on what I can’t see
one treasure at a time
Ever watched a child when she is focused? She can spend hours in her pursuit of looking for a special shell or picking the perfect flower. As we are studying Greek and Hebrew, we see the significance of one or two words where before they merged into a sentance or paragraph.
Consider this treasure:
“therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1
be attentive – heed
The Greek for hearing is akouo another meaning implies obedience.
This short passage emphasizes the need to be (very) attentive and obedient.
It is our attention to the Word of God and obedience to it that keeps us from drifting off.
When we are inattentive that drifting may not be as subtle as we think. The Hebrew and Greek implies a water course. Through neglect, we can be pulled into the sea of of wrong doing.
As I watched this little girl selecting her sea treasures, I was mindful of what I was taught as a child: “be mindful of the sea.” I was ready to make a dash for her if a rogue wave approached.
Are we mindful of the “rogue waves” in our lives that attempt to take us the wrong way?
Ah– like the child seeking God’s treasures of the sea, let us look deep into His Word for this very search will draw us closer to his side and further from the (slippery) deception of this world.
every day was hot summer
smiles at the well
Life can feel dry even when we have easy access to water. Jesus met a woman by a well. Though the woman had access to water, her soul was thirsty.
“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst… a fountain of water springing up into eternal life.”
~John 4: 13 & 14
The well in Jesus’ village never runs dry…
As we start this blog we would like for you to join our journey:
Our primary (but not singular) goal is to reach the villages of Uganda with the Word of God. We are not pastors we are teachers; we know that the best pastors (aka shepherds aka fishermen) are those who know the flocks and streams. We love Uganda and her people but we are not Ugandan. Pray with us that we can encourage the shepherds and fishermen who so faithfully love their people.
Along the pathway that was tread yesterday
there are few indications
that you were here
all that is left is a reminder
and that too will fade
pose the question:
“Does the path I take matter?
Is it more important
that I blazed a trail for another
or that the trail is scarred by my passing?”
If the meek shall inherit the earth, what then will those who terrorize innocent people inherit?
I shudder to think.
I traced the path of a bunny this morning. His concern was for food to sustain him this day. His hopping on soft green made me smile. “Use your life to bring others joy” is what his tracks seemed to say. So much fury lies in the heart of man. This is not new in the news today. Man has been a destroyer of good and beauty since the beginning. Like the bunny, I choose a straight path toward good food (God’s nourishment.) Join us won’t you!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
“Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.”