A Year in Review
Hello for those of you who visit the website. It’s been a while and I thank you for your reading these posts. Although Thoughts & Prayer is a part of my ministry, it is also very therapeutic for me. Writing has always been a form of exhaling, a tension reliever, a door opening, or closing, just plain exhaling … letting go of those things that appear to want hang on.
Thoughts & Prayer, this website, is a gift. A good and precious gift I have neglected. I have not written in T&P for some time. Why, I honestly do not know – maybe laziness, being non-committal, unfocused, distracted, not caring, lack of confidence in my calling, probably a little of all those things. The Holy Spirit is indeed my pen and these days I wonder if he has abandoned me; if he has forsaken me, but then I am reminded that it is not he who has pushed me aside, but I who have pushed him aside. I have neglected my gift, but with this year going out I pray I discipline myself to do, and to write, and to be led as before. One of the Pastors (Omar Thibeaux) whose sermons I study, once said that when he first began ministering on the campus curbs of LSU, someone advised him, “Do your ministry even if you don’t feel like it….” That was good advice.
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The New Year is around the corner and I usually take this time to reflect upon the events of the past year: to ponder how, once again, God was good, and as in years past, He did not disappoint. This year for me saw protection (God’s hand upon my life), good health, abundance, answered prayers, some struggles, spiritual growth, and guidance: yep, God is faithful; He is truly good. Philippians 3:13 comes to mind: “but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…” 2017 is nearing its end and I am, prayerfully, looking forward to a most wonderful, most rewarding, most joyful and adventure filled new year!
My sister and I recently discussed her pastor’s Christmas day sermon; it was not about Christmas, or the birth of Christ, nor about gifts or anything like that: it was about death. Pastor Banning of Braeswood Assembly’s prayer is that God take him peacefully in his sleep. And driving to work today, Chuck Swindoll’s sermon on 105.7 KHCB radio was again not about the joys of Christmas, but of death, specifically, where we go when we die. Continue reading →
John 3:17 reads “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The Bible is really something when you stop and think about it. Our foundation of faith is based upon the words of this book: One either believe its truth, or not. Ponder this profound truth: God sent his Son to save the world, not to condemn it, but to save it: to save us.
When you think about faith, salvation; Jesus coming from a virgin birth, living for some 30+ years, hanging on a cross, dying a brutal death – it is all mind boggling to say the least; but, for those of us who believe, it happened, and in this season we celebrate the birth of Christ: He who was sent. Continue reading →
Lord, you are my everything.
When I am discouraged, I turn to you. You are so mighty. You are wise beyond measure; you alone are wisdom. Father, why should I worry or experience anxiety when I have you, when I can turn to you and you are there for me? I will adore you; I will delight in your word. Why … for you are holy. You are the great I am, and I am as you are. At the mention of your name, Jesus, your name is power. Holy. I sing praises to the King of Kings. Continue reading →
Hoping all is well with you and yours.
One of the few things in life I hate are daily news programs (maybe hate is too strong an emotion; maybe utter disdain is a better description). I find ‘them’ to be so negative, depressing and lacking (most of the time, anything good. Even the weather forecasters present the dreary before the beauty. And if there is anything good, or positive, or uplifting to report such encouragement typically comes within the last few minutes of the ‘news’. Its’ presentation is almost hypnotic, especially the cable news broadcasting – so repetitive in nature, so opinionated. When did news become someone’s viewpoint?
Today, I happened to look at the TV screen when the news broad-caster mentioned something about someone jumping to their death from a bridge in Los Angeles, CA., and I thought WOW… How can life get so bad that you want to end it? I know life has its issues, but to end such a precious thing, something that we had nothing to do with; and I thought what was wrong, where was this person’s hope, his support; did they not feel loved? Why was this person so despairing of life? Continue reading →