Who First?

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Waking up in 2022 has me looking around to see the lay of the land. The amount of information is overwhelming to my earthly senses. But it has opened my eyes to new things. As I dig to confirm sources and verify information, I found a theme resonating beneath the layers of words. Family First! (Insert Country here) First! People First! Me First!, First, First, First! If I understand correctly, we want to know where to start and what needs to be first. While the people shout a mantra of sorts to focus the leaders, I wonder… Who truly goes first?

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Service

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Here in America, service projects and giving ramps up at the end of the year. Whether it is the good will of the holidays or the tax write off by the end of the year, there are many opportunities to serve our fellow man. As with everything American, we whip ourselves into an exhausting frenzy with wonderful projects. In the past, these many choices have left me exhausted, sometimes sick, and glad the season was over for another year.

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The Little Things Too

Thanksgiving holiday in the United States this year has me wondering what I am thankful for this year. The littlest things keep popping into my head along with the disasters this year brought us. It appears the leaders of the world have set themselves up to ‘provide’ for us. They talk of providing food, safety, vacations, health, and retirements. Yet, we cannot guarantee these things if life. Many of us around the world are ready to step away from “security” and into life.

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Sow in Tears Reap in Joy

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The 4th of July is a day of celebration in America. After a year of restrictions, families could finally pull together to celebrate. Something hangs in the air. Among us regular folks, the celebrations seemed muted after a year of losses. What is this heavy weight in the atmosphere?

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Commentary

The Busy Bee & Mango Blossoms

The word ‘commentary’ has lost some of its meaning. The American Heritage Dictionary1, defines Commentary as: “An ongoing series of spoken remarks, especially during a television or radio broadcast of an event.” This seems to be the only type of commentary used in America at the current time. Instead, I want to look at this study tool.

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Unconditional?

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I have been avoiding this post for about two weeks.  This is something I did not want to believe; yet the Lord in His infinite patience taught me I must let go of a false belief.  I don’t want to think my grandmother could have been off track, but… maybe? Continue reading “Unconditional?”

Your Soul Shall Live!

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God Calling June 7th

I planned to write a different post but as the old Yiddish proverb says, Man plans, God laughs.  He is chuckling today!   Yesterday morning, I “heard” the Holy Spirit’s nudge, Later Milly, stay with Me now.

I picked up the devotional God Calling edited by A.J. Russell and found this scripture included in the devotion for June 7th; True Beauty:

 “Incline your ear, and come to Me.

Hear, and your soul shall live;

And I will make an everlasting covenant with you –

The sure mercies of David.” [Isaiah 55:3]

I’ve read God Calling twice.  This is my third time reading it daily.  Unlike a modern devotional there is not a verse with every reading.  I found it odd I didn’t notice this verse in the prior readings.  This time the verse reached out and grabbed my attention.  I knew I needed to write about this.

My copy of God Calling is a U.S. reprint ©MCMLIIII (1954) by Barbour Books.  The book was written by two anonymous women in England and published in 1935.  They are only known as “Two Listeners.”  These women listened to God through sickness and poverty.

In the New King James Version Isaiah Chapter 55 titled:  An Invitation to Abundant Life.  I encourage you to read the entire chapter.  I see a blueprint here.  How do we find abundant life?  How do we get beyond all the messes we have made?  What about the blame and hatred heaped on our shoulders like a heavy yoke tying us to earthly things?

I can’t resolve the blame placed on my shoulders by my children.  I apologize for not being perfect.  Or I explain my reasons and excuses for what I have done; even if I can’t remember why.  None of that works.  I am forgiven only until the next time others remember the mistake or hurt.  Then my shame breaks my heart again.

I am watching this play out in our Country too.  This weekend I watched a video of a young woman kneeling before a Black Lives Matter representative.  He startled her and demanded she kneel before him because of the color of her skin.  It was interesting that I never saw the color of his skin.  Only the back of his black hood and I heard his voice.  The image stayed with me this weekend.  It was an image of judgment and unforgiveness rolling across our country.

In my faith, I learned not to bow before idols, gods, or man.  I am called to only kneel before God.  I learned this from Daniel, Mordecai, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Jesus Christ, and many others throughout our Faiths.  Our Country was founded on principles allowing us to choose who we bend our knee to and worship.  I do not worship money, skin color, or political power.  My God is worth more than all of that.  I kneel for God Almighty.  He is my Lord.  Then I read further and I found Isaiah 55:6-7:

6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,

Call upon Him while He is near.

7 Let the wicked forsake his way,

And the unrighteous man his thoughts;

Let him return to the Lord,

And He will have mercy on him;

And to our God,

For He will abundantly pardon.

How do we live an abundant life?  There is the formula.  Seek the Lord, call upon Him, forsake our ways and thoughts, and return to the Lord.  The only true forgiveness comes from the Lord.  “For He will abundantly pardon” us (emphasis added).

Writing this, I have a new image.  If we return, seek, and call upon the Lord, forsake our old ways and return to Him; His Forgiveness, Love, and Acceptance will roll across our land.  It is the only way to heal our Land.

“Incline your ear, and come to Me.

Hear, and your soul shall live;

My Lord, I am listening and come to you today.  Help us live abundantly in the Holy Spirit’s embrace.  Forgive us, heal our souls, and give us life.  Guide us back to You, Holy Father.  You are the only one who can heal our nations from judgment and shame.  Set our Souls free to live abundantly in you!  Help us move forward with confidence in God, our Father.  In Jesus’ name amen.  And in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit amen.

God Bless you,

Milly

P.S. The scripture passages are from the New King James Version.