Daily Archives: September 6, 2016

RATIONS 100 DAYS! #30

All day, I felt God tapping me on the shoulder and telling me to pay close attention. So as I read today’s devotion,I couldn’t help but take note of how relevant this devotion and prayer are as we enter the “official” campaign stage of the next election. Linear time seems to be rolling faster and faster towards the start gate. And somewhere deep inside me, it feels pivotal.

62 days from now the election begins in earnest.

44 days from now early voting begins in NC.

3 days from now absentee voting beings in NC.

That being said, political ads seem to drag on longer and longer. Read the first paragraph carefully. Sound familiar? False positions?Controversial disputes? Clever ‘catch-you’ questions? Errrr….politics as old as time seem to be the same as ever. It makes me long for the old days when I just paid a casual, cursory attention to politics – mostly so I could argue intelligibly will my mom when we didn’t think so much alike.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”~Dan 12:4

I suppose that knowledge and wisdom had to be increased to get us to where Our Father wants us to be on this sphere. I get that. It doesn’t mean that I have to like it. sigh. Long ago, life was much simpler. Just glad these Rations keep reminding me how important it is to pay attention and pray.

1942 Daily Rations: “They challenged his authority, they tried to put him in a false position with the Roman Government, they sought to entangle him in the controversial disputes of the day, they asked him clever catch questions he deftly parried, like a skillful fencer; and some he answered on a higher level, giving them new meanings which defeated his enemies and still remain profound utterances of basic spiritual truths. He also had time to observe and commend the poor widow who was asking her pitiable little contribution to the Temple treasury. Into every strong and vital life criticism and opposition are sure to come. Jesus shows us how to meet opponents without weakening, yet without bitterness.

“‘And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they might catch him in talk…And they marveled greatly at him’~Mk 12:13,17

Read: Mk 11:27-33; Mk 12:14-17, 28-34

“Prayer: Teach us, O God, to deal wisely, patiently, and constructively with our critics and opponents. Help us to love them even though they do not love us. May we understand the real and deeper needs that lie beneath all the storms of controversy, and may we ever seek, not personal vindication, but deeper insights into truth. Deliver us from blind partisanship, and keep us close to Jesus Christ, our LORD. In His name. Amen”

RATIONS 100 DAYS! #29

I never really liked Labor Day. I think it started as a child. The first Monday of September (Labor Day) meant that school would start on Tuesday. What kid in their right mind would like that holiday? Certainly not me. In the late 1950’s I had better things to do.

  • Read.
    Ride my bike.
    Sing songs walking down the street with the bestest singing sister ever.
    Catch fireflies for the canning jar.
    Dance in the moonlight for a little while longer.

Obviously, Labor Day was just never my favorite “free” day. So today I didn’t have a free day – I worked. I finished washing the bedding and towels from our many visitors. Cleaned the porch of all the fallen leaves – again. Pulled some dead-vine debris from the garden and played with the spoiled lab girls.

All in all – a good day especially since I made time to study my devotions and listen to some Jewish wisdom as well. Somehow the day always seems so much better after time with my Father.

As I read today’s Ration, I realized that Jesus spent lots of time reading His Father’s words that He had written for His people. He melded two Torah verses to answer one question. They weren’t side-by-side verses, but He knew they were perfect together and just as relevant in His time as they were when they were first written.

Jewish sages believe that all the words of YHWH are relevant – no matter what the calendar date may say. 1400 BC or 2016 – doesn’t matter – time doesn’t matter. Jehovah is still speaking through His words no matter how long ago they were written- and for the second time this week – linear time circles and bobs in my own waters.

There is something more here that I am supposed to be recognizing. I need to really think and pray about this one since I really have a hard time figuring out how all those detailed rules and rituals and wars have anything to do with today. I foresee more research in my future…or maybe my past…or present??? One thing I know for sure – these Rations are timeless.

1942 Daily Rations: Read: Mt 22:34-40

“Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment Ad the second is liken unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”~Mt 22:37-39

“If there ha been radio programs in Jesus’ day how He would have starred in the question or ‘quiz’ type! The air is full of questions and thousands of dollars are given away to children and adults for apt answers.

“In the Saviour’s day questions were addressed to him from many sources. They came from honest inquirers and from evil-minded people who sought to entangle him in his talk. The answers he gave brought rich rewards in knowledge and truth….The disciples of the Pharisees and the Herodians were quickly answered about the legality of tribute to Caesar. ‘Render…unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.’ Perfect answers to tempting and test questions were given in the following: ‘They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick,’ ‘Neither do men put new wine into old bottles’…’The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.’

“Today’s text is a brilliant answer. Jesus took two widely separated texts from the Old Testament, Deuteronomy, ch 6, and Leviticus, ch 19, and with lightning-like speed gave the summary of the whole law in the great commandment of love.

“Prayer: Love Divine, all loves excelling’ let me love thee with the might of my mind, the fullness of my heart, the depth of m soul, and my neighbor with the best of myself.”