A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

This is a great verse for Palm Sunday, isn’t it?  We all need to be reminded how this journey called Christianity is supposed to work.

We are to love one another – because Christ loves all of us.  Does that mean we always see eye to eye on everything?  No, it doesn’t.  It does mean that we show respect for one another, whether we are shown respect in return or not.  We’re responsible for our own behavior – not anyone else’s.  If each of us would do our very best to show the love of Christ, wouldn’t this world be a better place?  I think it would.  What if we were all a place of REST for each other? 

I love this poem in particular because this is exactly what God’s children need to be for one another.  Sadly, it often becomes a case of using instead of nurturing.  Sometimes we just need a friend in Christ to talk with about everyday things.  It may seem unproductive to some, but you have no idea how much it means to the one who needs to be heard and helped.  It’s sometimes a matter of letting a friend know that you are praying for them.  If we can listen more than speak and pray more than fret…  we’ll be a good representative for our Savior.

Here’s what we’re not – PERFECT.  God is perfect and only with His help can we love perfectly.  People – yes, even Christian people…  can be frustrating sometimes – yes, I can frustrate others too.  Here’s the deal – if we can just understand that our brothers and sisters in the Lord are imperfect human beings just like us – and if we can just be quick to forgive one another – which, again…  I’m not great at doing…  but I’m working on it – that is when we will love perfectly with Christ-likeness.  I hope others have forgiven me for mistakes I’ve made against them.  I try to forgive them as the Lord wants me to.  That’s how Christianity works, and it only works with Christ in the center.

Before I go, I’d like to remind you to look at my post on 4/5.  The story DAISY’S COLT, written by Lucinda Berry Hill and myself, with beautiful illustrations by Marian Poppy Ballestero is there.  If you have a little one in your life, it would be great to read this story to them.  Have a nice Palm Sunday!  🙂

 

PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORDOn the ninth day ‘fore Christmas we are to pray for peace in our hearts and thank God for His Amazing grace.  How badly do we need the peace that God gives – peace that passes all understanding?

TEN DAYS FORE CHRISTMASWhat songs come to mind when we think of peace?  I have several favorites, but the best one is this:  https://youtu.be/547e7uoNPcw

Even if there is conflict and anything but peace around us, we can still have God’s peace in our hearts.

https://youtu.be/OwhDPGMZicU

I’m reminded that Jesus is the anchor during the stormy times – He’s our solid Rock when everything around us is shaky.  https://youtu.be/3ot1h7k2vig

THE BIRTH OF PEACELET'S PRAY FOR PEACEIt’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around the concept of terrorism – serving a god who wants you to kill those who do not share your beliefs.  To me, that is the definition of intolerance.  Christians would like to share our faith, but whether you accept God’s grace or reject it is ultimately your decision and we respect you regardless.

I believe my life is in God’s hands – and that’s the best news of all.  https://youtu.be/PuargQgY7GA

Let the peace of God reign…  let it reign!  🙂

Lord,

Please bring peace to my heart.  Sometimes my life seems clouded with so much doubt and anxiety.  I’ve come to a fork in the road and don’t know which way to go.  I know I can’t stand in the middle of the fork in the road, lest I get run over.  I can’t just stand still for fear of choosing badly.  Make me brave.  Help me be open to all the possibilities that come my way.  Show me which road glows with Your joy and happiness.  When my judgment is clouded bring me into Your sunshine and remove my worries and doubt.  Make the pathway bright and let me know it’s right for me.  Then help me walk it with integrity and courage.  Your love is with me always and that’s the only truth that needs to be understood.  Hold me in the palm of Your hand and carry me on my life’s journey to a place that is peaceful and tranquil.

I pray all of this in Christ’s Name,

Amen.

Let there be peace on earth – and let it begin with me…  🙂

 

MATTHEW 7:25 ON 7/25

TL MATTHEW 7 25 ON 7 25

 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.   – Matthew 7:25

Jesus closes the Sermon on the Mount by letting us know it’s not good enough to just hear His words…  they must also be obeyed.  He refers to the man who would hear and obey to a man who built his house on a rock, and the man who hears and does not obey to a man who built his house on sand.

Palestine was a land of hills and mountains.  It was subject to sudden and violent rains.  The Jordan became rapid, so the streams running among the hills, whose channels would have usually been dry, became suddenly swollen with the rain.  It would quickly pour down into the plains below, sweeping away everything, including poorly built houses.

If a house was built on sand or shaky base, obviously it would not stand.  The rising, bursting stream would cause the house to fall.  SPLAT…  as the song says!  Rocks in that country were common, and it was easy to secure them to build a solid foundation.  Those who are wise did so.

This was a comparison that every Jew could relate to.  They understood exactly what Jesus was saying.  If you are wise, you will not only hear the teachings, but obey them.  Foolish men will listen but not allow the words to speak to their spirit.

Just as they were given a choice then, we are given the same choice today.  We can be wise and obey the words of Christ, or we can continue in our foolishness.  Will we stand on the Rock or will we build on sinking sand?  🙂