Sunday, August 26, 2012
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:4 NET
Milestones of births and firsts – first sounds, first teeth, first steps away…
But Jesus called for the children, saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Luke 18:16 NET
Learning, reading, growing, seeking, becoming… Finding. Working. Life unfolds, moment by moment… school, employment, marriage… moments to commemorate… moments to celebrate…
Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. John 2:1-2 NET
Sometimes I feel I am in the center of the excitement, sometimes on the fringe watching the excitement pass me by… but always, relentlessly, the stream of time moves at its unchanging pace. Each exciting extravaganza followed by each time of quiet…
When they got out on the beach, they saw a charcoal fire ready with a fish placed on it, and bread. John 21:9 NET
I wake up and wonder at the years that have passed by me. Meals cooked, homes cared for, moves made, births, graduations, marriages, deaths… It seems like just yesterday (insert a stream of memories here…) and only a little while ago (look at some photographs) and can it really be (insert minute, hour, day, month year)? If I dwell on these thoughts, they weigh me down and fill me with sorrow for the past joy now departed…
Jesus wept. John 11:35 NET
But, if I stop and quietly listen to the ‘now’… Do you hear it? The sound of a heart singing!
Praying, praising, and quietly listening to Him.
Yet Jesus himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed. Luke 5:16
It is a heart that is gratefully accepting the peace and healing that He provides.
For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.
Hebrews 4:15-16 NET