Early will I seek thee…

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The Camille de Hogues Bridge, Châtellerault

I once heard a pastor say that one of the reasons that the early morning is such a good time to spend alone with the Lord is this: Spiritually speaking, the early morning is also the most quiet.

As multitudes of people awake, he said, their spirits – whether good or bad, peaceful or constantly agitated – also begin to stir, making the spiritual atmosphere more active. I can’t give you theology to back that up but it sounds reasonable enough.

If there are two good reasons, though, for spending time with the Lord, early in the day, it is these:

Jesus did it… and that’s a great example to follow.

There truly is a peacefulness about that hour of the day.
(if you went to bed early enough the night before)

Whether you spend time with the Lord early in the day, accompanied by your post-lunch coffee or in the evening, the most important thing is to give him part of your day.

It’s an investment that pays great dividends.

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A Heavy Frost…

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A heavy frost on leaves in the field

For many of you, particularly in the south, today’s image will seem out of place for an April post, yet it is not entirely impossible for parts of Canada, the northern or high-altitude USA and even northern Europe to experience frost at this time of year.
(I promise though… I won’t post any Frost-pics in July!)

Matthew 24 speaks about what is typically referred to as “the last days” or the time preceding Christ’s return.

The disciples ask Jesus when they might expect Christ’s return and rather than answer them using a calendar, he refers to what life on Earth will look like preceding those days.
(It bears a striking resemblance to the days we’re living in)

One of the signs of the end times will be that the love of many will grow cold, as a result of an abundance of iniquity or selfish thinking… thinking only of ourselves.

In this world, radical individualism is constantly being hammered into us and the more I think about myself, the less room I have in my head and in my heart to think about someone else…
to love as Christ loved.

So Lord, today, my prayer is … don’t let my love grow cold!

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Healed Followers

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Paris’ Eiffel Tower, seen from the Trocadero Esplanade

Jesus had a thing for them.

There were times when he went out to find a solitary place, but somehow, the crowds often “found him out” so to speak; they flocked to him.

Some followed him only to get a healing &
some got a healing because they just wanted to follow him.
My initial reaction is to assess the second group as being the more noble, but my assessment is really of very little value in the end.

“Many followed him and he healed them all.”

Of course the first thing we think of is physical healing and a contradiction comes to mind… there are still those Christ-followers that die of cancer. We can be tempted to deduct that this verse can’t hold true today, but scripture is unchanging.

They all had a healing of sorts:
Some were perhaps physical, emotional or psychological…
but since God is not a liar, they were all healed of something.

At the very least… they were all healed of the eternal sin problem…
The condition….

They followed him.

Will you follow him today…
There’s a healing that awaits you.

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Silence + Setting = Peace

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Bridge over the Clain River, Cenon-sur-Vienne.

When you’re a night-owl like I am, early mornings don’t come naturally, although they used to when I was younger. Nonetheless, I love the early morning and when Dominic was on a 3-day Work-Practicum he had to be there by 8:00am.

Since it was located outside of Châtellerault, not only was I up early, but I was out of town. Sometimes I opted to explore on my way home and on one such morning, I discovered this bridge over the Clain River, just on the outskirts of Châtellerault.

The morning was cool and the sun had not yet truly broken over the horizon, giving a magical feel to this image, as the mist rose from the water’s surface. There was little to no traffic so between silence and setting, I experienced God’s peace in a wonderful way.

Silence and Setting
If you need to experience God’s peace today:
Aabandon the noise and the traffic. Get alone with God. Experience his peace.

God bless you and may you know his peace today!

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Teach me to Walk in Righteousness

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Vittorio Emanuele Bridge, over the Pò River, in San Mauro Torinese, Italy.

So the contradiction is obvious… this is a photo that we took while visiting a friend in Italy’s Torino Province, but I’ve added “France” to it. Doesn’t make sense.  …or does it?

I’m using this photo to illustrate the verse from Amos 5.24.

The word “Let”, with which the quotation begins, frames the rest as the heart-filled expression of a desired state. Amos is expressing God’s desire: that among his people righteousness would be so free-flowing, so common, that it could be considered like a mighty stream.

That was not only God’s desire for his people in the Bible’s Old Testament, it is also his desire for you and I, today.

In that sense… whether France, Italy, Canada, the USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, etc… it really makes no difference. God still desires that those who call themselves by HIS name, be characterized by righteousness.

Lord, let it begin with me.

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