Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
It turns out that she really did have a Holy Hunger. That she was a God seeker. You can't always recognize a God seeker by their appearance or even manner of life. God knows those who are his. We must not be soil inspectors but rather sowers of the seed. God makes it grow.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Have you ever felt like no one cares? This article by Phiilip Eichman touched my heart.
There were only two of us waiting in the truck on that cold winter morning. One was an older man who had worked at the cemetery for many years, and the other was me, a college student who worked on Saturdays and during the summers. We had been told to wait by the graveside because they might need help with pallbearers.
Finally, the black hearse pulled up and the driver got out. The three of us carried the casket to the grave. It wasn't very heavy--only a wooden box covered with some type of fabric and the remains of a frail elderly lady who had died in a nursing home.
The man from the funeral home read a few words from a small book and we lowered the casket. That was it. No one else seemed to know or care that this lady had passed from this life to the next.
That isn't quite right. Someone did know and did care. The Bible tells us that God knows and cares about each of us. David wrote, "O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways" (Psalm 139:1-3). Jesus used a more earthy, yet no less profound illustration when he said, "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" (Luke 12:6-7).
Perhaps most amazing of all is that God still knows and cares about those who live in defiance of him. Like the father waiting for his rebellious son to return home in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, God hopefully waits for those who live as if he does not even exist.
Yes, it may have seemed as though no one cared that cold morning in the cemetery, but Someone did.
I am on my way to the Lewisville Texas church this morning. Please pray for Traveling Mercies for the little blue Gospel Chariot as I head down the road.
It has been a joy to watch Diane and her sister. Sherry is visiting with us and it is a joy to see the Bodine girls at "play" with each other. Family is so important. How sad that so many are without family while others undervalue it.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
My little Caden was four this week. I bought him a bicycle and Diane will take it to him this weekend. Where do the years go.
People I have Met and Lessons I Have Learned
Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. New Living Translation (©2007)
Monday, October 11, 2010
You never know how God is impacting lives. Sometimes even 12 and 13 year olds.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
He has turned out to be one of the most effective preachers I have ever know. You just never know do you? God does amazing things with people. A rowdy young man has become someone I admire greatly. Isn't God good. He doesn't give up on us. If he could use a rowdy young man with a good heart I wonder what he could do with you and me.