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And a final thought about David’s Song <3

Hello and happy Friday!

Also happy end of the month of April, and hello to May.

I have reflected a lot on a year ago as I am sure most of you have. 

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I remember driving past homes where a group of teenagers would be standing out in the yard, properly masked and distanced, holding up phones to snap a picture of a friend on his or her porch in cap and gown.

Tears still come when I think of it.

Mother’s Day was celebrated through windows and cell phones for the lucky ones. Playgrounds were roped off with yellow tape and signs that the governor had closed all the parks. 

We can say this year is better if we don’t watch the news of other countries, or places in our own country where numbers still soar.

If we squint and block out the insanity of ever-changing guidelines and rhetoric and controversy, we can say we are getting back to “normal.”

But we also know deep down that even the promised relief of a vaccine or three has had some drawbacks, and will most certainly not bring the utopia that is often promised by talking heads and politicians. 

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But do you know what hasn’t been touched or marred one iota? 

God. 

Yep.

He still is Sovereign over the biggest and smallest fears, worries, anxieties, messes that this world can conjure up for us.

I have been looking at portions of David’s Song in 2 Samuel 22.

It echoes Psalm 18 which David wrote when he was delivered from his enemies, particularly Saul. The commentary I am using said that while some have determined it was just inserted as an extra, there is much evidence that this was in fact a song David sang often through his life.

We even talked one day about songs that we sing through the years that tell of God’s faithfulness and they are the story of our journey with Him. 

In 2 Samuel, the next chapter begins with “These are the final words of David” so it would seem even on his death bed, he was rehearsing how God had helped him through. 

I tend to believe this is true. 

It has been my experience that God has shown up throughout my whole life and it was through His Son that I came to know His love for me.

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As a child, I would fall asleep with my eyes fixed on one of those plastic scenes that absorbed light all day and then glowed as night fell. And yes, the chemical aspect was probably highly unhealthy, but the little scene was of Jesus amongst a flock of sheep.

As a child with far too many thoughts making for sleep-compromising fears, I took comfort in the visual that Jesus was watching over me. 

Through all the years since my childhood, even in seasons when to every human being around me the thought that I was walking with Jesus was downright laughable, I have closed my eyes every single night…even the worst of them…with a prayer and a sense that He is with me and loves me and tends me. 

At the end of the mighty King David’s life, he was a frail old man who couldn’t even keep himself warm. But he still declared through aged lips…with my God I can leap fences…I can scale walls…I can face any giant…because He is with me. 

I would hazard a guess that I will be closing my eyes up until the last night on planet earth reminding myself that I am loved, tended and watched over.

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I want this assurance for you. 

I want this for everyone. 

To know that we know that no matter what, He is with us…He is for us…He is the tender and keeper of our fragile souls.

Blessings my friends. 

Have a good weekend <3

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This little light…. <3

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Good morning and welcome back!

Today I want to just bite off the very first line in the passage of 2 Samuel we looked at yesterday.

Suddenly, God, Your light floods my path. 

2 Samuel 22:29 The MSG

First of all, I love “suddenly.”

I fully understand that God tends to work in that time frame of …. And a day is like a thousand years….but every now and again, He pulls off a suddenly and my, oh my. 

We do love the “suddenly”, don’t we?

Those times when a quick prayer is thrown up and voila! It is answered in a short span of time. 

It boosts our spirits and builds our faith. 

Sadly, it doesn’t really build our character. 

It seems that it is in the not-so-suddenly of life that we pray and trudge along and pray some more, ask the hard questions of why and seek to find God in what looks like anything but Him. Or what we thought He was. 

It is in the waiting and the walking it out, that we grow deeper and deeper into relationship with our God, who loves us too much to let our story be one of only the “suddenly.”

But if you have any history of walking with Him, you can relate the joy expressed in this portion of David’s song. 

The blessed flooding of your path, suddenly, with the light of God. 

I don’t know where you are on the journey today. 

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If you have been marching long with very little light to go by, I pray you would hang in there today. I pray you would keep one foot following the other, knowing that there will be an end to this season.

If your path is flooded with light today, I am so happy for you. 

Will you absorb all you can of it and then shine for others who are coming along behind you? 

Will you speak of His goodness and will you humbly remember that you too once walked with just a tiny ember to light the way? 

Will you let the joy and filling of our dear Savior fuel in you a heart to look for the ones who can barely keep going and offer to walk alongside them sharing the light?

Blessings my friends, wherever you are…you are loved <3

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So nice when Monday is a sunny and fun day <3

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First off, we are celebrating the birthday of our Sarah today. 

Still miss the days when we could be together for birthdays, but carrying her in our hearts with a happy twinge to all we do today.

Second I want to express to you, on behalf of my dear friend, that her daughter-in-law is home safely and recovering from the procedure. She is most appreciative of your prayers <3

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And third, I wanted to share the last part of the David song from The Message. 

I enjoyed hashing out 21-25 with you all last week. 

It helped to focus on a passage and really meditate on it as I thought about how to apply it and what to share with you. 

Suddenly, God, Your light floods my path. God drives out the darkness. 

I smash the bands of marauders, I vault the high fences. 

What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. 

Every God-direction is road-tested. 

Everyone who runs toward Him makes it. 

2 Samuel 22:29-31

The Message by Eugene Peterson
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Wow…even as I type it out again, I am struck with so many thoughts to explore. 

We are going to pull up to the side of the road and sit with this portion, if you don’t mind.

There is much to think about. 

But for today, the focus on my heart is the one about every God-direction being “road-tested”.

Yesterday, the sermon at our church was based on a passage in 1 John, but it speaks to this.

Pastor Brian talked about how experience in life has taught him that doing things God’s way just works better. 

He gave some excellent examples, and I am going to urge you to go listen to it. You can find it at https://www.firstdecatur.org/messages/because-love/ under sermons: Because Love April 25, 2021 (and if you are early to the post, it may not be up until later today or tomorrow, but there is always the church online option…thank you YouTube.)

Blessings friends and I shall see you all tomorrow <3

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