Chiseled in chunks of ice Reflected in turquoise waters His Majesty is proclaimed. “Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. Oh Lord, you preserve both man and beast.” Psalm 36:6 NIV “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.” Psalm 96 NIV There’s a “gathering of blue” at 3 from here and there Share: Share what you have enjoyed.
|Photos from our trip to Ground Zero in 2003|
It was just two years after 9/11 and the reverence of Ground Zero reverberated in the silence on the lips of passersby. Honor for those who gave their lives to save the lives of thousands. Respect for the hallowed ground where heroes were buried on that day. Prayers for the families left behind. All spoken only by the heart.
Ten years have passed since terror struck our nation, vengeance exploding through skyscrapers filled with people, hatred poured out on innocent lives and hearts of families. A country numb from shock watched helplessly as the horrifying pictures scrolled endlessly over television screens. Then compassion met vengeance. Prayers battled hatred. Response overcame numbness. And people throughout the country moved to meet the needs and heal the wounds of lives scarred by terror.
In the ten years since 9/11, many more men and women in military uniforms have given their lives in defense of the sacredness of their countrymen’s lives. They’ve fought to preserve the freedoms on which our country was founded, to protect our peace and our families, to give us the opportunity for happiness.
May we always remember the heroes of 9/11, the cause that united our country as one, the battle so many have fought since then, and most importantly the need to pray for our nation. May we return to the truth upon which our country was founded. A freedom rooted in the precepts of the Word of God. Then we will truly be united as one, strong as a nation prepared for any battle, and prayerfully bowed before our God and King.
May the cross-formed beams that stood as a reminder of God’s presence in the midst of terror at Ground Zero always remind us of Who holds us together.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 NIV
Remember those heroes and pray.
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“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear me.” Psalm 103:11 NIV
Staring into the vastness of the celestial blue space above draws me into wonder at the greatness of our God. A God who compares His love to the never ending blue expanse that stretches beyond our sight. Beyond space shuttle journeys. Beyond the stars and planets that dangle suspended as buoyant jewels in this silky blue filament.
He is the God who loves us so much that He would give His own Son’s live in payment for our sins. That He would reach out to us and draw us to Himself through nudgings of His Spirit, the power of His Word, the offer of forgiveness when we sin and hurt Him, and the giving of Himself to us in Communion.
Who could resist the God who offers such love and mercy? Who makes us His children. Who provides an eternal dwelling place on the other side of that never ending blue expanse.
But for those who choose to not fear Him, to not walk with Him, to turn away from His love and gift, there is only emptiness: the great abyss instead of celestial happiness: judgment because they have not covered themselves with the only garment that makes us right with God. The garment of God’s love drenched in the blood of Jesus. Where have you seen God’s love? Linking with Word-filled Wednesdays at the Internet Cafe
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The the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.” Isaiah 4:5-6 NIV
Because I am not an early-morning riser, I have missed the appearance of the heralding of a new day as the sun peeks over our ridge of mountains to the east. However, one morning last week, when I awoke early to make cheese squares for our school potluck, the Lord had a surprise for me. I peered through the glass insulating me from the heat outside which was already climbing up the thermometer. And then I saw that first light of day–at least for me. The sun pushing through morning clouds shot its rays skywards as I stood in awe of God’s precious gift. I paused to take in the beauty of a new day, majestic in appearance, filled with promise and possibilities. At last the moment had come when I could reflect on how the sunrise and sunset have reminded me of God leading His people with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night as they crossed the brutal desert. I describe the desert as brutal because I live in one, and the heat can wilt you. The dry air sometimes can suck all life from you. For the Israelites, the desert meant desolation, eating strange food, depending on God to supply both food and drink for them, and a gnawing uncertainty of where their final destination lay.
Yet by the power of His hand, God’s chosen people thrived. Their shoes never wore out and they were delivered from their enemies. Water came from the rock to quench their thirst. Food fell from the sky to feed them. They escaped from their enemies on dry land as God parted the Red Sea for His people to cross safely and then He drown their enemies who were in hot pursuit with soldier and chariots. The enemy spotted the dry land used by the Israelites and they charged ahead. But as they entered the path, the walls of water engulfed them.
|The storm blows through|
Inbetween those great signs of God’s power in their lives, the Israelites lost hope. Fell into despair. Just like we do today. Inbetween the great signs of God’s power at work in our lives, we fall into despair when the trials, testing, or even just the mundane routines fill our lives. We wonder where He has gone. We question why He has abandoned us and ask for another sign of His presence in our lives.
My hope is that while I am inbetween the sunrise and sunset–between the cloud of smoke and the pillar of fire–while the storms swirl, I will hang onto His promises and know that He is still with me and will never leave me. He is still working in my life to accomplish His perfect plan that I may reflect His glory to the world around me.
Where do you find the Lord between the sunrise and the sunset, between his cloud of smoke and pillar of fire?
Reflecting His glory this week through His multitude of blessings:
669) for Hubby returning to work after knee surgery 670) for youngest joining us in church today and finding a friend; answered prayer 671) for oldest completing school and heading on to graduation; answered prayer 672) for making plans to celebrate the graduation 673) for being able to attend home group as life settles into a routine 674) for monsoon rains soaking this hot earth 675) for scrubbing and cleaning to make our home comfortable as fall appears around the corner 676) for a three-day weekend; so much to do, yet time to sleep in, stretching after a long night’s sleep 677) for student’s polite waiting as he entered the visual lab and noticed me on the phone 678) for oldest helping with chores around the house while he waits for job interviews 679) for oldest’s boyish grin when we complimented him on his final project 680) for exercise, eating wisely and losing weight–praise God 681) for Christian praise music playing in my headphones to touch my heart with His love!
682) for a sunrise, at last
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Another potluck at school as we gathered to say “so long for a little while” to our outstanding Administrative Assistant and fellow Christian . She is that kind of person who greets the day with a smile. She makes you feel special–just because you’re you. The love of the Lord flows through her to everyone’s life she touches. And she had a pulse on everything happening in our school. She made it all flow smoothly. We will miss her greatly. In her honor, several staff members got a potluck together quickly because the news came suddenly. As my part of the brunch delight, I made a teacher recipe that I had from California school days. You know, teacher recipes are the best!
Cheese and Vegetable Squares came from one of our first grade teachers at West Valley Christian Academy. The edges of my recipe are dog-eared from the number of times I have made this as an appetizer or a light snack to accompany a luncheon. Hope you enjoy.
Cheese an Vegetable Squares 2 pkg. crescent rolls (Pillsbury) 2 (8 oz) tubs of SOFT NOT whipped cream cheese (Philadelphia Brand regular) 2/3 Cup mayonnaise (Best Foods in this house) (name dropper) 1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch SALAD dressing mix 12 ounces if grated cheddar cheese This makes two round serving platters full of cheese squares, so I typically cut the recipe in half. Unroll the crescent rolls and pinch the perforations closed. Lay them next to each other on the largest cookie sheet with an edge that you have. You may have to squeeze them together to make them fit. DO NOT USE AIRBAKE COOKIE SHEETS as they do not brown the crescent rolls. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool. Then mix the cream cheese and the mayonnaise with an electric mixer. Add the salad dressing mix and blend well. Spread this over the cooled dough. Grate carrots (or radishes or broccoli or any vegetable) and sprinkle over top. Press into cream cheese lightly. Grate cheese and sprinkle over top. Press lightly into cream cheese. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours–overnight is better. Linking with Food on Fridays Share: Share what you have enjoyed.
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