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Hope 06/22/2009

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I read this passage this morning in connection with a devotional by Dale and Junaita Ryan and was reminded again of God’s faithfulness and goodness to His people.

 

 

 

 

 

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
       “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
       I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
I will build you up again
       and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. 
Again you will take up your tambourines
       and go out to dance with the joyful.
Again you will plant vineyards
       on the hills of Samaria; 
the farmers will plant them
       and enjoy their fruit.

 For the LORD will ransom Jacob
       and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.
 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion;
       they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD—
the grain, the new wine and the oil,
       the young of the flocks and herds. 
They will be like a well-watered garden,
       and they will sorrow no more.
 Then maidens will dance and be glad,
       young men and old as well. 
I will turn their mourning into gladness;
       I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
(
Jeremiah 31:3-5, 11-13)

 

Windows of the Soul & Starry Night 06/16/2009

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I’ve started reading Windows of the Soul  lately.  I didn’t like it at first but have gotten more into it as I continue to read. Last night I didn’t want to put it down. The author speaks of the power of stories – the story of his own life and stories that have impacted him like Atticus Finch and Vincent Van Gogh .

Here is a piece from the book:

A Prayer for Understanding

Help me, God

To realize that in being crippled that I learn to cling, and in limping that I learn to lean,
that victory comes not in how courageously I struggle
but in how completely I surrender
and that this is how I am to grow,
by being defeated,
decisively,
by constant greater things.
Help me to understand that Your power is perfected in weakness,
so that when I rendered weak,
You are given the opportunity to be shown strong.
Help me to understand, too,
that “more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of,
for so the whole round earth is every way
bound in gold chains about the feet of God…”