Thursday, January 5, 2012
Refreshing, advancing, splashing
Against the shores of my mind
Gentle light beckoning
Through pinprick holes
In the artist’s canvas
The sounds of heaven and earth
Flashing great harmonies
Of truth and light
Home calls to my soul
Begging me forward
Warmth and love await me
Sunday, October 30, 2011
So here it is a little more than a week since the Feast of Tabernacles has ended. I knew pretty early on during the 8 days I was in the middle of something special. And as the week progressed it became obvious that this was a different, more profound, better experience than any of my previous 30 plus celebrations of this festival.
A lot of things made it better, great worship music, insightful teaching, good food. None of those things alone or together put it over the top for me. But two things made a powerful difference.
First, from the very beginning an attitude of service was stressed. There was a willingness from everyone there to serve in any way they needed to without organization or coercion. I have never seen an event like this run so smoothly with nothing more than letting everyone know that if you see something that needs to be done, you have the freedom to do it.
The second thing that made a difference was the emphasis on Yahshua. Every teaching, lunchtime discussions, and talks around the campfire all revolved around figuring out how to live our lives in ways that let His light and love shine through us. No arguments about our particular brand of Torah keeping, or which traditions we hang on to.
This was a special group of people we kept FOT with this year that have heard all of that kind of rhetoric before and have come to the realization that any faith without our Savior as it’s center and focus is vain and worthless.
And I saw people healed as we prayed for and anointed them…no, really! Not just some vague testimony of “my cold seems to be getting better”, but real tangible physical and spiritual healing. I thank my Heavenly Father for allowing my family to be part of this. It is certainly something we will never forget and hope to continue to move forward in our spiritual journey. I think and hope revival is on the horizon.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
As long, warm days are being slowly being beaten back by the cooler days and nights of the approaching autumn I realize it’s been a couple of months since I wrote anything here. As with most every summer I had great expectations of what I might accomplish. And as with every season in life there were disappointments and successes and that sort of has a melancholy feel to it.
But one thing I do know for sure is that no matter what happens in life I am blessed beyond what I deserve. And with that in mind I decided to post a short list of the good things that have happened to me and my family in the last few months.
-We traveled out of state a couple of times this summer and got to meet a lot of really great people and renew some old friendships.
-We went to a family reunion and I saw cousins I hadn’t seen in over 30 years. It was really nice to reconnect with many of them.
-I saw Switchfoot in concert. I appreciate their music more than anything else out there right now.
-We finally got a good crop of tomatoes from our garden this summer after three less than successful attempts.
-My wonderful daughter had the opportunity to stand firm for her belief in observance of the 7th day Sabbath in a work situation. Yahweh blessed her employer with the wisdom to see the value of making the issue go away. And our daughter blessed us with her easy decision to do the right thing in spite of staring down the potential loss of her job.
-My son starts his final semester of college tomorrow. Those four years seemed both long and yet in retrospect have flown by. Chalk one up for the homeschoolers.
-My grandson starts his “formal” schooling in about a week. Looks like it will be a family effort to home school him. I’m looking forward to my part.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope to post more regularly, but will see what my Heavenly Father has in store.