A Necessary Part Of Ourselves

“Scripture does more than give us permission to express our
sadness; it considers grieving losses as central to our spiritual
growth… To deny sadness is like trying to deny an arm or a leg;
it is to amputate a vital and necessary part of ourselves.” 
– Geri Scazzero
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From A Long Way Off

Something I have been thinking about a lot lately is how God in the Old Testament (OT) sometimes seems different from the God Jesus came to make known.  I know that He is not different because God does not change…“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV).  The Bible also reveals that Jesus is God…“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15, NIV), and that He is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV).

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The Gentleness Of God

Nearly every day I hear the sound of a dove cooing outside of our window, and each time I hear it, I am reminded of when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus “like a dove” (Luke 3:21-22, NLT).  In the book of Matthew, Jesus referred to doves as “harmless” (Matthew 10:16, NLT).

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When On The Cross

When on the cross, Jesus saw His mom standing next to one of His disciples and said, “Dear woman, here is your son.”  He then looked at His disciple and said, “Here is your mother.”  The Bible says that “from then on this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:26-27, NLT)

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Jairus, The Woman, And The Crowd

In the Bible there’s a story about a synagogue leader (Jairus) who seeks Jesus out to ask Him if He will accompany him to his home and heal his daughter who is dying.  On the way to Jairus’ house, a messenger arrives to tell them that his daughter has died.

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When Jesus Spoke And There Was Calm

Have you ever been inside of a small airplane when it’s being jostled by a storm?  Have you ever walked into a wind so strong that it redirects you?  Have you ever observed a dark, stormy ocean from shore?  All of these things are reminders that nature is beyond our control.

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“Rabboni!”

My Friend lived a sacrificial life.  He defended outcasts and made sure that those who came to Him for help got what they needed.  He traveled far distances to let people know that God was near.

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God With Us – Always

It can be a downer when vacations come to an end.  When you spend time away, there are no deadlines at work to be concerned about, no e-mails you need to respond to, and no chores to do around the house.

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No One Like You

There is no one like You, God.  When I look around and see what the world has to offer, I know that none of it will last and that one day I will be face to face with You, my Maker.  I am reminded of a time in my life that brought me to a place of wondering about my future, and at that time it hit me that at the end of my life it would come down to just You and me.

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