February 21 Wise Hiker

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Photo by Karen Long

Leviticus 11:1-12:8;  Mark 5:21-43;  Psalm 38:1-22;  Proverbs 10:8-9

“The wise of heart will receive commandments,

but a babbling fool will

come to ruin.

Whoever walks in integrity

walks securely,

but he who makes his way crooked

will be found out.”

Proverbs 10:8-9

Solomon dishes out some good advice for those wanting to get through life on both feet and to be found in the right place at the end of it.

He upholds those who listen and heed God’s commands.

He exposes the folly of those who go their own way.  Babbling fools walking crooked ways just don’t make it.

But wait…who hasn’t been a babbling fool or one following their own path? 

Been there.  Done that.  Still do.  Babble, babble, babble.  It’s called sin.

So where will I find myself at the end of my life?

Thanks be to God He gave us One wise hiker–His son Jesus Christ who followed perfectly His Father’s commands and walked the walk of integrity!  Whose death on the Cross paved the way for sinful hikers like us and whose victory over sin,death and Satan smooths our way to Him.

And because I believe that He did it for us babbling fools who were hopelessly lost on sin’s path, we can now walk confidently with Him on the road to life everlasting.

Lord Jesus, thank you for saving us from eternal ‘lostness’ –that through faith in You we have assurance of reaching Heaven’s doors!  Please keep us on the narrow path that leads to life everlasting.  In Your precious name we pray, Amen.

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October 19 Saturday Reflection

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Photo by Kevin Carden

Jeremiah 33:1-34:34:22;  1 Timothy 4:1-16;  Psalm 89:1-13;  Proverbs 25:23-24

” I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;  with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.  I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established faithfulness in heaven itself.”  Psalm 89:1-2

 

What a beautiful thought for a Saturday reflection!

 

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever!”

 

Lots of teams will play today

and cheer them on, we will.

Some will win and some will lose.

We support them either way.

 

And cheer we will for our Gracious Lord

whose faithfulness we praise.

Who’s YES to us

gave us life

when we could not save ourselves.

 

Many seek after other gods

wanting to appease

to work

to earn a place,

to prove themselves worthy

of eternal grace.

 

Our God through Christ

sought us

and found us

and did what we could not do.

Lived a perfect life

and died a death

we’d never dare to do.

 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Three in one Trinity

gave to us,

 won for us

our place eternally.

Lord God,  thank you for calling us to be on Your team through faith.  We didn’t have to try out, spend years training, or meet specific standards to receive your grace.  You called us to faith, sealed us with the Holy Spirit, and equipped us to live as redeemed people of God.   May Your name be praised!  Amen