Saturday, July 25, 2009

Salt and Light

Last week, Jack and I were blessed to have dinner with three young couples who are as on fire and passionate about Jesus and the Kingdom of God as we are! We talked and shared until we shut the restaurant down. The subject came around to the Episcopal church and the statements and resolutions made at the General Convention this year.

"Resolution C056 was passed on July 17 by the 76th General Convention meeting in Anaheim, California. It acknowledges "changing circumstances" that call for a renewed pastoral response from the church for considering same-gender blessings, including state laws on same-gender marriage, civil-unions and domestic partnerships. The resolution also authorizes the House of Bishops, in conjunction with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, to devise an open process that will invite churchwide participation in collecting and developing theological resources and liturgies. The commission is to report its efforts to the next General Convention in 2012." (from the Episcopal website)

One statement made by a Bishop was, "This is the way the world is going and the church needs to catch up!"

This is what happens when the Holy Scripture is no longer your anchor.
This morning, I was meditating on Matthew 5:13-18.

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. for assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." NKJV

This scripture is being fulfilled in our time. The church is no different from the culture. We have lost our flavor and hidden our light under bushels and wonder why we are losing our religious freedoms.
It time for some serious self-examination in the light and revelation of God's holy Word. People of God, we are confusing God's love and mercy with what the world calls love and mercy. Jesus died to set us free from our sin not to let us stay in our sin. It is not love to condone any action we choose as a lifestyle. True love brings healing and wholeness.

We know many formerly homosexual people who have been healed and delivered of the pain that brought the confusion into their lives. They have gone on to live normal healthy lives, the pain and shame gone! that is true love. That is being salt and light.

Sex outside of marriage was a sin in Jesus' day and it still is. I can't believe how many men and women in the church live together outside of marriage and have no sense of conviction! How many children are being born out of wedlock, in the church! No sense of guilt.
It's not that I am advocating a "must, ought , should" faith walk, but it is imperative that we live our lives so close to Jesus that we reflect His truth and glory. How else will we set the captives free? I want to be held accountable by my brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to live in a realm where my life brings healing and freedom to those in bondage. God help us. We need you!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ode to Dirty Dishes or Life in an RV

For years I hated cleaning them,

The dirty dishes in my sink.

I’d argue with my spouse,

Whose turn? to wash

The dishes in my sink.

So God in His amazing grace,

Gave me a sink so small,

Doing dishes was a chore

That I could barely do at all!

We’d moved into an RV

Life was simple

Life was fun.

I loved everything about it,

That is except for one.

For five long years I struggled

With a sink sized eight by eight,

A sink so small,

It didn’t even fit a single plate!

So cooking, which I loved to do,

Was limited to soup and stew and such,

Things that could be eaten from a single coffee cup.

Now, that stage of life is past

We moved back to a house.

Sometimes I miss our RV,

Where I felt snug as a mouse.

We have progressed, and have at last

A real kitchen sink,

I find such joy in cleaning

Those dirty dishes in my sink.

They reveal that I’ve been cooking,

Things like pot roast, shrimp and quail.

God’s wisdom and His lessons

I have never seen to fail.

He taught me how at last to love the dishes in my sink.

I never will complain again,

At least, I won’t, I think!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

In these days of political unrest, financial troubles and dwindling hope for a secure future that is constantly being pounded into our brains by the "state-owned media", I find my thoughts reflecting on the people I know or have met in my life.

In my family there have many who have served our country in military service, unselfishly, for the greater good of our country. Every day, I meet men and women serving in the same way.

Every day, I see hard-working moms and dads and teenagers, working to make better lives for themselves and their families. Every day, I see someone reach out with a small kindness, even if it is only opening a door for a stranger to walk through. Every day, I hear children laughing, playing in their yards, or swimming at the neighborhood pool.

Every day, I think about the men and woman who work at low paying careers: teachers, social workers, volunteers, nurses aids, day care workers; they do it because they care about their fellow life-travelers. Every day, I am grateful for the ones who labor unselfishly in non-profit businesses because they want the under-dog to have their day.

Every day, I think of those who own businesses, who operate those businesses with honor and integrity. Who care about their communities and work hard to provide jobs and services for others.

God's people at their best are so worth loving! And at their worst need so much loving! I hope when I am at the end of my life, I can look back and be content that I, too, have contributed to the betterment of my brothers and sisters around me.

Thank God for the blessings of this land! Thanks as well to all you blessed people for every kindness shown, small or large!

God Bless America!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Early Morning Worship

Sometimes, I just can't help myself! I have to express what is in my heart with bad poetry. Here is a peek into my heart this morning...hope it blesses.

His Love Like Sparkle Dust

When into depths of deep and dark depression falls my soul,
Falling, I release my fears to You,
I wait for You alone to make me whole.

"Look up, my child, and gaze upon those things of beauty fair.
I do not hide forever or for long.
Come unto My heart and nestle there."

Father God, You are my safest place.
In Your embrace I feel Your heartbeat,
And gazing up I see Your face.

The twinkle in your eyes rains down like sparkle dust,
And my depression scedaddles without a trace!