First Corinthians Chapter Fifteen

 My attention was brought to I Corinthians chapter 15 this morning. This chapter always reminds me of my Dad, it is the sermon of his that I remember the most. I can hear his voice now, with such conviction and fervor, preaching about the resurrection! (I'd give anything to have a recording of that. No doubt it exists somewhere but I haven't been able to track it down yet.)

How sweet it is to have the hope and assurance-nay, the certainty!-of one day being resurrected to live with our Savior forever in heaven. This promise is ours because He lives, because the Bible says it and because we have believed in Him. 

Have a meaningful and blessed Easter Sunday!

The Lord of Life is risen indeed,
To death delivered in your stead;
His rise proclaims your sins forgiv’n,
And show the living way to Heav’n.

Haste then, ye souls that first believe,
Who dare the Gospel-Word receive,
Your faith with joyful hearts confess,
Be bold, be Jesus’ witnesses.

Go tell the followers of your Lord
Their Jesus is to life restored;
He lives, that they His life may find;
He lives, to quicken all mankind.
              -Charles Wesley 
              (from the hymn "All Ye That Seek The Lord Who Died")

"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most                   miserable." (I Corinthians 15:19)


Sing To The Lord!

In making some new photo cards, I had fun today toying with this one. But I was also blessed in my heart to think that He enjoys the singing, the praise, the rejoicing of His children.


"Though He Fall"

At various and sundry times in my life I have had falls. I remember as a child of seven running on a gravel country road in my native island of St Lucia. I fell and I can still almost feel the horrible pain of my skinned up knee which still bares the scar of that. In the intervening years I have had other similar falls...even as an adult.

Two days ago was yet another one.

I was walking home from the Bible college, a chance to get a leisurely 25 minutes of exercise. About half-way home I tripped on a lombada (speed bump). I suppose I was looking off to the side at some flower (my normal thing to do), did not notice the rise in the pavement...and down I fell. For two or three seconds I fought to keep my balance and thought I was going to manage to keep from going all the way down but, no, I hit the ground, catching the brunt of my weight on my left hand, giving myself a royal abrasion only a half-inch away from my hand surgery of almost four months ago.

I managed to gingerly get up, not bothering to look around me to see if anyone witnessed it (how humiliating!) but continued walking home. Once there, I gave my hand a simple washing, smeared it with honey (where is my aloe plant when I need it?) and now I wait for complete healing. Depending on the care I give it and what little piece of dirt might still be embedded inside, healing might be slow or fast.

Falls are part of life. Once in awhile we are a bit careless, not paying close attention to what we're doing or where we're going (hello me!). But, unless we pass out or break a leg, we don't stay down for very long. We get up, brush ourselves off and keep going...perhaps with a grimace on our face and a limp in our step for awhile.

Some falls require more healing and recovery time than others, some are more painful and humiliating and some leave more scars. But healing always comes. Give it time, tears and God's power, it always comes.

The comparisons to non-physical falls are obvious. I am so thankful that we have many promises from the Lord for help, strength and healing power in those falls as well.

I love these two verses and have claimed them many times:

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way. 
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down for the Lord upholds him with His hand. 
(Psalm 37: 23,24)

A Mother's Prayer

"Lord, make me the kind of mother who has 
the strength and courage to keep letting go 
because she's holding onto You."(A.Voskamp)

              Casting all your care upon Him because He careth for you. (I Peter 5:7)