The Word for 5782

29th of Elul, 5781
Monday, September 6

Yesterday, I had planned on a down day. When I have had a busy season, or am entering one, I often plan a day where I don't have to go anywhere or do anything. I get dressed when I want to and I just sit and relax. Those were my plans for Sunday. But even before I was home from a very busy, very challenging but rewarding Sabbath day, I heard the gentle voice inside me say, "you are going to church in the morning."

Elul thoughts - Day 1: Ruth 1, John 1

August 9, 2021                                                                                      1 Elul 5781

Reading: Ruth 1 and John 1

It's Who You Follow

Ruth followed after Naomi -even though it didn't look like a wise choice to make.
Naomi had nothing left to offer this young woman. But Ruth loved her. So, even though she was going into “enemy” territory, with no promise or hope of benefit, because she loved Naomi, she went.

Love the Way God Speaks when we Worship

I got something during worship this morning.... an epiphany of sorts. We discussed yesterday the attributes of God and the primacy of the Holiness of God. We discussed how so often is seems as if we get so wrapped up in the love of God that we forget His holiness. This morning, as worship was taking place, as it was called out, "let us sing the songs of heaven," and I heard the "Holy, Holy, Holy" and the "Worthy are you Lord" and the song was shifted, too quickly I thought, to "I could sing of Your love forever" my mind suddenly had this realization press its way through . . .

Musings on Life's Pain and God's Love

Musings on Life's Pain and God's Love

I was awakened early this morning with thoughts revolving around our confusion between God's love for us and the painful events that life seems to be full of.

Flurries

It was an early Sunday morning, and I was sitting, sipping my coffee and watching out the window as swirls of snow began to blow around in the wind and melt on their way to the ground in a wild late spring snowfall.

As I was looking, I thought of all the unrest of the last few weeks. All the people crying and protesting and arguing and fighting.

Thoughts from Habakkuk

When there’s no earthly reason

I’ll still rejoice

when sad is the season

 I’ll still rejoice

‘cause true joy is found

on holy ground

and not in the things of the earth

The Heat's Been Turned Up

The heat's been turned up
The winds are blowing
The rain is on its way
As the thunder clouds form
Prepare for the storm
Something tells me it might be today

A word for for Shavout (Pentecost)

I have made a covenant with my people
You who walk in my ways

I have made a covenant with you
And by My Spirit you will do great and mighty things
And by My Spirit is the promise fulfilled

You have not begun to understand what I will do with you
And what I will do through you by My Spirit

You have not begun to understand the great and mighty things

Cloudbursts from Heaven

The song was sung:

Let it Rain, Let it Rain ... Open the Flood gates of Heaven:

and the new song came:
Send us a cloud burst
We want a cloud burst
We need A desert rainstorm
We want your water L-rd - - your water is life
We see the rainbow in the cloud
And the water in the cloud is glory
the water in the cloud is healing
Send us a cloud burst
A desert rainstorm O L-rd
With the thunder and the lightning and the rainbow

On speaking God’s Promises

We are a pampered people But God will not spoil us

"If you remain in my word . . .

you will know the truth and the truth will make you free"

John 8: 31 & 32

Truth with-out freedom brings the chains of legalism

Freedom with-out truth brings the chaos of licentiousness

My word blends the truth of my law with the freedom of my love

so that there is a balance.

The Indescribable Made Describable

After these things I looked, and there was a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said: "Come up here so that I can show you what must happen after these things." Immediately I was in the Spirit, and a throne was standing in heaven with someone seated on it! And the one seated on it was like jasper and carnelian in appearance, and a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald encircled the throne. (Revelation 4:1-3)1