...they either accept someone, and that someone is automatically integrated into the town's activities, or do not and that person is completely ignored.
Yes, they are amongst us, it is very difficult to focus on the precious saints when the Pringle is wishing us to be gone and showing it clearly. Green is one of my favorite colors, but not envy.
...We think to ourselves as I do at times... If only they knew what was going on in the theatre of my life now... Would they behave differently? Perhaps not, the coldness is chilling. It is the very gall they gave to Jesus on the cross.
You see, I've been concerned about my dad, trying so desperately to give it to the Father and leave it there. My dad has taken another fall in the rehab center... The entire situation has driven me to tears.
I read in my Streams in the Desert devotional this morning...
We were under great pressure, .... so that we despaired even of life ... But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Cor. 1: 8-9.
Pressed beyond measure; yes, pressed to great length;
Pressed so intensely, beyond my own strength;
Pressed in my body and pressed in my soul,
Pressed in my mind till the dark surges roll.
Pressure rom foes, and pressure from dear friends.
Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends.
Pressed into knowing no helper but God,
Pressed into loving His staff and His rod.
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed int o faith for impossible things.
Pressed into living my life for the Lord,
Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured.
It's a good devotional this morning if you read that particular devotional. You can receive them by email as well. The emailed ones seem a bit more contemporary then my hardcopy, so I prefer my hardcopy, but some may enjoy the convenience online. Streams in the Desert.
I hear such a sweet song this morning... Listen to the words and enjoy, I heard this yesterday after arriving home...It made me smile.
Yeah... It made me smile yesterday, only God knew how I needed to smile!
It seems sometimes when we do visit a church no matter how great the sermon and how kind the pastor is, there are always those boogers. My daughters arriving from a burb-church, and I were discussing in the kitchen a most unfortunate, immature person in a church. A Pringle.
She's a booger! I said, a bad one! She looked at me with such anger as if she just wanted me gone! She was so angry that she was oblivious or didn't even care that I was smiling at her! But then there are those sweet ones...those good ones...
Lea thoughtfully says...Yea, it's kind of like human kind in general...A bunch of boogers and a few good ones.
Marianna: It's everywhere we go isn't it? Even in so many churches... A bunch of boogers and a few good ones.
Pringles. Forward snobbery, reverse snobbery. Insecurities that equal hurt to others. Pringles. .... And it sure isn't Christ.
So correct. So correct.
Yesterday hubs and I went to USO-Town after I dried my tears of concern over my dad coupled with a misunderstanding in the car...Coupled with the boogers, coupled with mixed feelings because after all... There are a few good ones there. I had stood in church as it closed watching my tears plop down...hoping it wouldn't be noticeable, hoping my mascara would behave. I felt like someone had taken their finger out of the dike and the water works were not going to stop. It was a culmination of everything. Just everything!
After the service as we drive I sense the change of atmosphere in townships as I silently watch out the car window..
We are upon USO-Town. They even have a charming buff-colored period old 40's brick USO activity building for the WWII servicemen. A long lost cousin of my mine has a pharmacy there, a friendly man with striking blue eyes. He knows all the elderly by name as they come into the pharmacy.
Hubs and I adore this town.
Now you must know...USO-Town is one of the most polite if not *the* most polite towns I have ever seen. It's very interesting the various spiritual entities over various towns and areas. This is a *good* one.
We arrive at the restaurant greatness and see an old friend exiting the restaurant and he tells us..."Did you know?
I have cancer. ...The people at my church are really nice, y'all need to come visit. They've already made a list of people to take me to M.D. Anderson for treatments. They'are really nice..."
So precious. Les is form the burbs where we are from, it seems both our families landed out this way to live a simple life... We taught the Sunday school class he and his wife attended back in the burbs...
This precious baby has grown into Les's running buddy.
Perhaps it is Les who should have taught the Sunday school class? Yes Les, we just may take you up on your invite dear one.
We see our precious chinese friend, she and her sweet husband own the restaurant. They are a darling young couple. We've befriended them and enjoy their friendship of sorts although brief in conversations. We've taken a liking to each other. I had noticed she was not herself yesterday... She tells me through tears of her own, "My mother called from China, she has a tumor in her pancreas, I'll be gone for a month to visit her..."
I tell her Jesus is already there with her. We will pray, I touch her arm, I think touch is important. This woman is so precious, she nods through tears. I'm thinking..
We all have problems dont' we? Some are much, much more severe then others. Oh God help us to support one another! And the support comes in strange places at times doesn't it? The Church is everywhere.
...And I have to remind myself of what I told Jessie, the precious young chinese woman... Jesus is already with me too!
That is what Elisabeth Elliot wrote me once when I was expecting our youngest, Rebecca and on bedrest with some complications. I still have that little postcard she wrote, I have several from her.
I wonder if Elisabeth Elliot's daughter feels as I do sometimes now that her mother is growing older and ill?
This is a photo of of several of our daughters; Rebecca, Lea and Marianna with Elisabeth Elliot and her precious, precious husband, Lars this photo is from a couple of years ago. I think Michelle must have taken this particular pic.
I will close now, just wanted to share some thoughts and food for more thoughts here this morning.
I do hope you are having a sweet morning Loves, we must be the *Good Ones*. We might have to stand alone (kneel alone) in order to do so. I hope this blog will be a place to come and be encouraged and share. You are not alone. Our reward may be in Heaven. God sees all and knows all. That goes as a double reminder for me. ~amelia, the last child in the woods...