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Earlier this week, I met with other pastors in our city to worship and pray. Honestly, it was a struggle for me to go. I've been before and am always leave thankful I went, so I pressed thru my feelings and showed up. As we prayed, most of the junk I was struggling with began to fall away. As I heard others call out to God, I heard their hearts and was drawn away from my cares and worries, into agreement with them. For a while, in the middle of my day, I remembered my Father is right alongside me.
I began think about the reality of being His. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Our time together caused me consider the true desires of my heart, in light of the realities of heaven. However, when I slow down, and worship Him with others, I meditate on the truth of His character. I want them to be overwhelmed by Him. I come into agreement with Him and ask for the things He has planned for them. I leave with a desire for them to be obedient to Him, whatever that means. That's more like it, right? As we called out to our Father, we asked not just for Him to end social injustices like abortion, trafficking, and the racial tension in our world, but we asked for The Church you and me to be the answer to all of those issues.
We pray for you; we agree together and ask The Lord to help those struggling with illness, or struggling in marriages, or struggling in their faith. When we pray together, we're all are at our best. As we pause our daily routine, turn from our own desires, and embrace the needs of our friends and loved ones, God does something in us. We hear their hearts, and we are lifted out of the mundane into His Presence. We see our challenges more clearly, in light of the realities of heaven. Thru this process, He increases our lives.
And things change; our Father responds to our prayers. Let the whole world know what He has done. I get to walk through life in a growing relationship with Him. I cannot imagine sharing my life with anyone other than Celia. Our relationship is the best gift, and it keeps on getting better and better. He loves others faithfully, is gracious, softhearted and brave. You make our week and challenge us to be the big brother and big sister we should be.
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Truly, I could fill up pages, because when I step back and consider what I deserve and what I have received, I am overwhelmed with thanks. How about you? What are you most thankful for? May God continue to bless you as you draw near to Him and consider this.
Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Imagine a boy, about 10 years old, sitting in front of the TV on Saturday morning, eating cereal and watching cartoons. All morning, the two work together. The dad asks for a socket wrench, tells his boy to hold a pipe, twist the screw driver right there, tighten the nut, grab those pliers.
The son asks endless questions, and the dad patiently answers each one.
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Back and forth they talk and work, with the dad taking them thru the process step by step. Finally, they complete the work. As they wipe down the car, removing the grease and dirt from the hood, the man grabs his son, and puts his arm around him. He winks at his boy, and the boy is filled with a sense of accomplishment and pride. More than anything, he is thrilled to have shared the morning with his dad.
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In reality, the 10 year-old has helped, but the dad could have done the entire job by himself. God is at work, and has chores to be done, but we can co-operate right alongside Him, on His tasks. He will instruct, nudge, and tell us what to do at each turn, as we work together. Adventure, fellowship, and seeing His work get done are waiting on the other side of our little yes to His invitations.
Karen Cox (Author of Days of Prayers for Prodigals)
You ask for their company, because you love them. Friends, this is who Jesus said our Father is. They give themselves to honor the memory of their fellow soldiers. They have guarded The Tomb 24 hours a day, days a year, since In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter Sentinels commit to an average of 18 months of service and work 9-day shifts, living beneath The Tomb in barracks, while on shift. They take 21 steps each direction in front of the tombs, and it takes 21 seconds, to signify a gun salute.
Guards are changed out every 30 minutes during the summer, every hour during the winter, and every two hours when the cemetery is closed. Every day and every night to the honor of those who have given their lives for our freedom. Their uniforms are perfect, polished and measured yes, measured to the same exact standard of every other Sentinel.
Of course, as members of the Army, everything is polished. Weather has no bearing on their duty. During extreme seasons of snow and rain, these Tomb Guards are always guarding The Tomb. On September 18, , with Hurricane Isabel about to hit the D. In fact, 24 trees were ripped out of the ground that night at Arlington National Cemetery! Surrounded by well-meaning crowds by day alone in the thoughtful peace of night, this soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.
This commitment is way beyond being a hard worker, or a dedicated employee. These soldiers are passionate about their assignment to guard The Tomb with the proper respect fallen comrades deserve. How devoted am I to The One who gave His own life for me? Will I go above and beyond for the sake of my King? Does it change the way I live or how I do my work? The Tomb Guards honor their fellow soldiers in their dress, how they walk, live, and the shifts they keep.
Have I set my mind, heart, head and feet to walk out the tasks my King has given me, regardless of the circumstances? When wild weather, trials and discomfort come my way, will I stick with my assignment? The Tomb Guards dedication inspires me to serve my King with their kind of vigilance. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country Like yesterday, I remember taking typing at Murchison, with Ms.
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