Friday, 27 November 2015

The Refugee Question


 A friend asked... the refugee question.
What are we to do?

And I thought of His Words in the book of Matthew. 

And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least
of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 25:40

This verse is not about people seeing Jesus in us.
It's about us, seeing Jesus in people.

What compels a missionary
to leave the safety and comfort of home,
to lay everything down to share love and hope?

This truth.

When you  hold a child who's living with HIV, 
you hold Jesus.

1.


When you rescue a sex slave from the brothels of Cambodia, 
you rescue Jesus.

2.  


When you go to Senegal and teach those who cannot hear,
You teach Jesus.


3.


When you sit with a grieving mama
who's lost her daughter and son to Isis terror,
you sit with Jesus.


4.


When you go to Russia to build a set of swings for an orphan boy,
you build swings for Jesus.


5.


When you give 50 years and more
so 500 addicts can live free,
you give 50 years to free Jesus.


6.


When you share your supper
under the Boardwalk with the man who sleeps on cardboard
you share supper with Jesus.


7.

In the face of any fear,
I will open my heart to a refugee. 
I will open my heart to Jesus.
His truth will be my truth. 
By His grace,
I will live ....and die by it.

I wrote in my journal some time ago.

Reading in Ecclesiastes this morning,
"He that observes the wind shall not sow and
he that regards the clouds shall not reap."

So much in this little verse.
How we want everything to be just right-
no risk to our selves;
afraid to love unless we are loved first.
We want to be guaranteed a return for our investment.
So we watch and wait.
But this verse tells us what will happen if we do.

No harvest.
 A sobering thought.

Dear Lord Jesus,

thank you for dying for me when
the wind was howling
and the clouds were dark.
The scene looked pretty bleak.

Your own people condemned You,

Judas betrayed, Peter denied.
The world must have seemed hopeless, 
certainly not a sure thing,
yet you risked it all for the hopeless looking bunch-
me included.

Lord, may I follow in your steps.

Keep me sowing seeds of love
even in the storm.
Your Word is incorruptible seed.
There will be a harvest.

Love never fails.





1. Avis Reidout
Nikki's Place Agape Home
http://www.nikkisplace.org


2. Don Brewster
Agape International Missions
http://thepinkroommovie.com/story/


3. Jane and Guy Penney
Missionaries in Dakar, Senegal


4. Maurice Tulk


7. Caleb Moss
My son in California at a conference for school 




Friday, 19 June 2015

A Letter To Momma



Dear Momma,

I know it was love at first sight. 






I could tell by that look in your eyes 
when you held me 



  



and the softness of your voice 
when you spoke.

  


 
But, I guess you’ve realized by now 
that  honeymoons 
don’t last forever.






I know there have been days 
I’ve  been a challenge 






and I’ve sort of 
turned your day upside down.


            




I seem to make you late for a lot of stuff 
and I have a way of messin’ up everyone’s schedule.








But Mom, 
thanks for keeping me on your priority list. 
I know I’m at least in the top three.











Soon I'll be more independant.
Things will be different then, 
not better or worse, 
just different. 






So mom,
for today





let's just treasure,
all the moments we can.





Let's make memories today,
and tomorrow...






tomorrow will bring us lots 
of new adventures.

I love you mom. 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Workin' for THE Man

We read a story this week,
me and some sisters,
in Thursday night Bible Study.

A sweet truth for Mondays
or any day.

During a frustrating commute
one Monday morning,
a driver observed a traffic flagman
dancing
as he performed his job.

Seemingly oblivious to the July sun,
blaring horns, and impatient commuters,
the man swung his orange flags
in wide, graceful arcs
and called out friendly greetings
to passing motorists.

Astounded by the joy this man exhibited
in what most would consider a boring job,
the driver rolled down the car window
and asked the man
how he could be so enthusiastic.

He shouted back,
"I'm happy because I'm not working for the man.
I'm a flagman for Jesus!"

Whether it's work or play,


WHATEVER fills your day,
take this truth with you.

And whatsoever ye do, 
do it heartily, 
as to the Lord, 
and not unto men; 
Knowing that of the Lord 
ye shall receive the reward 
of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord Christ. 
Col 3:23-24 

ALL is worship
when done for Jesus.





Saturday, 10 January 2015

Truth for the New Year


 Boxes everywhere.
It's time to put things away for another year.

But
I love
Christmas


Looking around the room,
I know why.


Reminders are
everywhere.



Immanuel


God with us.


It is a season of wonder,
to ponder this marvellous truth.
 


God with us.
I want to say it, shout it, sing it.

Trace His trail from Genesis to Revelation.
He is with us.

It is a truth
that will take you
into the unknown of a new year.

Because when it comes down to it,
you can face anything
if you live on this cornerstone,
this rock,
this solid ground.

I am with you.


Hear His voice.


Over the storm.
In the battle.
Through the valley.

In a crowd or all alone.

When you rise in the morning,

  or in the darkest night.



I am with you.

You are safe.
Yea though I walk through the valley of...
I will fear NO evil 
for Thou art with me.

We can do this together.

The great I AM, 
the God of the universe,
 cares.
He has promised
to be there
 with you,
for you.

Hear Him,
I am with you.