Wednesday, October 1, 2014

They Complained

So they complained to Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” 
(Exodus 17:1-7) 

When a warning light comes on in your car, putting a piece of black tape over it won’t fix the problem.  When something about your car is broken, it needs to be taken to someone who knows how the car works and understands how to fix it.  Pretending the problem doesn’t exist won’t help fix the problem.
Complaining to God, in a sense, is you being real with God.  It is you acknowledging there is a problem; it is you asking God to help fix it.

Today’s story in Exodus 17 (from one perspective) shows us that even complaining to God in frustration and fear is an expression of faith; a kind of faith that is grounded in what we know to be true about God—
… that whatever God’s people lack in faith, God makes up for in never ending love of his people;
… that in the end, God’s faithfulness overrides all fear and doubt;
… that in the end, Jesus’ cross and crown make up for all our sins and shortcomings.  And that, my friends is not something to complain about, but something to smile about.  
                       Saw fish photo was taken by me while visiting the Gatlinburg, TN aquarium

Saturday, September 27, 2014

(Poem) My Old Bible

"My Old Bible"

Though the cover is worn,
And the pages are torn,
And though places bear traces of tears,
Yet more precious than gold
Is this book worn and old,
That can shatter and scatter all fears.

This old book is my guide,
‘Tis a friend by my side,
It will lighten and brighten my way;
And each promise I find
Soothes and gladdens the mind,
As I read it and heed it each day.

To this book I will cling,
Of its worth I will sing,
Though great losses and crosses be mine;
For I cannot despair,
Though surrounded by care,
While possessing this blessing divine.

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