Sorrow’s Lesson #loss

parchment tears

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

Lover of Righteousness #faith #focus #haiku

gathering shells

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.

Why???

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.

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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.

The Well #photography #haiku

 

dry existence

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…