At the beginning of this new year, many newspapers and magazines will publish a list of notable people and celebrities who died during the previous 12 months. The name of a person we admired may stir up memories that touch us in a special way.
From the past year, a list will also be written deep within our hearts. How we mourn the loss of those whose names are there a father, a neighbor, a sister, a friend. In all of life, perhaps or greater pain is felt than when someone we love dies.
When the loss and the hurt seem too much to bear, where can we turn? Psalm 147 declares that it is the Lord who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. With a physical injury, the wound is treated immediately but the healing takes time. God heals our grief in a similar way.
Psalm 147 can help you and me during that process. The psalm begins and ends with the words. “Praise the Lord!” In between, it celebrates the attributes and works of God. As you read Psalm 147 today, write down on thing for which you can praise God. With each new day, add another one to the list. As you focus on the Lord. He will heal you heart, and you will be able to lift your voice in ever-increasing praise to Him. –DCM
Related Books: Read “The Book of Joy by Dalai Lam
My father once admitted to me, “When you were growing up, I was gone a lot.”
I don’t remember that. Besides working his full-time job, he was gone some evenings to direct choir practice at church, and he occasionally traveled for a week or two with a men’s quartet. But for all the significant (and many small) moments of my life he was there.
For instance, when I was 8, I had a tiny art in an afternoon play at school. All the mothers came, but only one dad –mine. In many little ways, he has always let my sisters and me know that we are important to him and that he loves us. And seeing him tenderly caring for my mom in the last few years of her life taught me exactly what unselfish love looks like. Dad isn’t perfect. but he’s always been a dad who gives me a good glimpse of my heavenly Father. And ideally, that’s what a Christian dad should do.
At times earthly fathers disappoint or hurt their children. But our Father in heaven is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. When a dad who loves the Lord corrects, comforts, instructs and provides for the needs of his chiildren, he models for them our perfect Father in heaven.
By Cindy Hess Kapser
A number of computer games come with a special feature called the “Boss Key”. If you’re playing a game when you’re supposed to be working, and someone (Like the boss) walks into your office, you quickly strike the Boss Key. Your computer screen changes immediately hiding what you’ve been doing.
Trying to hide from others when we’ve done something wrong comes naturally. We may feel guilty, but our desire to avoid admitting our responsibility is often stronger than our guilt.
Achan tried to hide his sin. He had stolen silver and gold and hidden it is his tent. But when the Israelites were defeated in battle, the Lord told their leader Joshua that the loss was due to sin in the camp. The Lord identified Achan as the one who had sinned. And even though Achan confessed, he and his family were executed.
We may not understand why God disobedient, it’s time to come out of hiding. God is lovingly calling you and offering. His cleansing, forgiveness,m and restoration.
by Anne Cetas
The Handmaid’s Tale
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
A trial has just ended and the reactions to the verdict could not be more different. The family of the alleged murderer celebrates the declaration of a mistrial due to a legal technicality. Meanwhile, the grieving parents whose daughter has died wonder about a justice system that would allow such a decision. As they stand weeping before a mass of microphones and cameras, they exclaim; “Where is the justice in this? Where is the justice?”
We’ve seen this scenario played out in the news or on TV crime dramas. We instinctively long for justice but cannot seem to find it. The wisest man of his day, Solomon, faced a similar frustration and disappointment. He saw that imperfect human beings could never administer perfect justice. He “wrote ;” I saw under the sun: In the place of judgement, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there”.
If all we trusted in were imperfect people, we would lose all hope. But Solomon wisely added “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”
The search for justice can be satisfied only by trusting the God who is always just. —-Bill Crowder
5 Love Languages : The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman