Saturday, November 15, 2014

RUNNING OVER

     An early cold snap in this corner of Colorado drew friends to the warmth of the fire for their pre-class visit. Plenty of fuel for a fireplace, wood stove, or furnace took on a whole new significance. On the way to school temperatures plunged to minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit - minus 13 in the dip where it's always colder below the summit of the Ute Pass.

     Those who are blessed with a reliable source of heat may need to hustle between their homes and vehicles, but how about the ones without homes? In recent days we've heard of people sleeping in their cars and spending as much time as possible inside places that are open for business 24/7.

     We pray, Father, give them a safe, warm place to stay. Faced with more that 5,000 hungry people after a long day of teaching, Jesus did not agree with the suggestion of the  twelve He was training that He should send them away to find lodging and food. He said, "You give them something to eat." (Luke 9:13 NKJV) 

    His brother, James, also urged believers to do what they could for those in need. To tell them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled." (James 2:16 NKJV) just didn't cut it. If we're willing to help, the Holy Spirit will open effective ways to share directly or through reliable organizations.

     What happens when we choose to do what we can? Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom." (Luke 6:38 NKJV)  Our Father is the source of every good thing anyway. (James 1:17) and He refuses to be topped in the giving department. Like a river that just keeps on flowing, no matter how much we give He pours in more. We can be as confident as the psalmist that our cups will be full to overflowing and we will never lack. (Psalm 23)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

YOU'VE GOT MAIL

     With all the modern gizmos for sending messages, our concept of "mail" has done headstands, cartwheels and flips in all directions. Back "in the day" we would write a letter, wait a week for it to be delivered, a week for the recipient to get around to answering and another week for their response to arrive.

     I remember sitting on a bench outside the post office in Huntly, Scotland in August of 1969, thrilled to have a letter from home. Instant messaging can't compete with the satisfaction and joy I felt holding those pages. Still, news from ones we love is treasured by whatever means it comes.
     
     And especially good news, almost too good to be true news, from Someone who loves each of us has been posted in every possible way known to man. We can learn all that is on our Father's heart, how much He loves us, what He has planned for us while we're apart, what He's preparing for the family reunion and all that He's attended to for whatever we need until then. Applications enabling us to download His words are available on every sort of device we own.

     Those who enjoy the snail mail edition can turn the pages and ponder the printed words He sent through the prophets and the apostles. Even folks who aren't into traditional reading have the option of just checking out the lives of others around them who have discovered Father's love and spent time with Him. Paul describes believers as letters "written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God." (2 Corinthians 3:3 New Living Translation) No one is excluded. We all have mail... and the news is good!