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Mother’s Day 2014

I’ve taken the last few weeks off. Avoided any reading of serious books that challenged my thought process and basically, just trolled FB a lot, played a few games, read a few fluff books, played with the dogs, giggled and sang with the grands, and prayed. But the prodding has begun again. God is like that. He challenges, pushes, prods and encourages, but He never demands. He knew I needed a few weeks to process and rest, but the prodding is more pointed the past couple days as I looked at the wonder of His oceans and marveled at the intricacies of the tiniest of His creatures. I guess Mother’s Day is a good a place as any to start pushing close up 1951myself forward again. After all, Mama Mick was a great pusher. She pushed me into this world and pushed me everyday there after. Needless to say, it was not always the trait that I most admired about her. In fact – for many years, she was not my most favorite person. It was only when I became a wife and mother myself that I began to understand her a little bit more and love her as much as I had always loved my dad.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you” (Exodus 20:12)

My Grandma McCaskey was named Ruth. My mom was named Ruth. Is it any wonder that one of the first Bible stories my mom told me as she mom and Grandma Mac 1919tucked me into bed was about Ruth the Moabitess? According to Jewish traditions, this story is often used for gentiles as they seek to enter the Jewish religion. Like Ruth, they leave their region that they know so well, traditions passed down from one generation to another and friends/families that have encircled them for years to become a member of something that is built on some abstracts called faith and love.

 

“Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16).

Parents are our first physical example of God’s love for us. As often happens in this fallen world, some parents don’t do a very good job at this, but for the most part, we grow up happy, content and ready to raise our own families the same way. We draw a circle around us and smile. =)

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It is easy to SAY, “I love you” —- it is much harder to put all that love into action and push it forward into the world that surrounds us. “…Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find favor…’” Ruth 2:2 That is the true meaning of Mother’s Day…honoring those who have come before us by giving birth, pushing the new generation out and into the world, picking up those who have fallen, so that the world might continue to understand the love of Our Father for His children. Love – Mercy – Grace –

Lenten Journey #29

It has been one of those days. Up at 6:30 to watch the grands. Morning full of ABCD’s… counting blocks…Dinosaur Train…Lovely lady butterflies,,,and (an old favorite) Land of Later. Mix in a trip to the store, a broken mouse on the computer (yes, I really don’t like touch screens – mostly because they really, really don’t like me back) a lost Contigo water bottle and getting called into work early and staying late…makes for one “tired momma” as Grandma Mickey would say.

Busy days teach us many things – IF we don’t let all the “busy”ness side-track us. When I think about Holy Monday, I think how about how “busy” it must have been for Rabbe Yeshua. John 12 gives such a vivid picture of the crowds – people pulling strings to meet him – a miracle or two – a few more “teachable moments” squeezed in – and a ministry summation.

It is so easy to see these things laid out in hindsight. It’s like looking at the Blood Moons of the past. If you are looking for the miracle, you will see it; if you are looking for the ordinary, you will see it. “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Jn 12:24

I can’t remember when I started looking for “miracles”. I think I always have, and I think I always will. It is called: FAITH. I do know that it was cemented into me when my father had his first heart attacK when I was home with him alone. 10 years old, tornado skies and an inner voice guiding my every action. The doctor said I saved his life, but I knew who truly had and it wasn’t me.

I love the way John ends this chapter with Rabbi Yeshua’s summation of His life. It was one set of verses that I learned (either in Sunday School or Summer Bible School) that has always stuck with me: “Then Jesus cried out, ‘Whoever believes in me does NOT believe in me only, but in the One who sent me. The One who looks at ME is seeing the One who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that NO one who believes in me should stay in darkness.’ Jn 12:44-46

It was only much later in life when I came to appreciate this whole passage. The Rabbe Yeshua who stood before all these people on the last week of His life and spoke these words. He knew what was coming, and yet, He continued: “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” Jn 12:47-50

He was wrapping it all together for anyone who would listen. The ordinary was a miracle in the making, but it is only in hindsight that anyone who lived through these times were able to see it.

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Lenten Journey #14

Lenten journeys don’t need to be long. Occasionally, they are just two steps forward and that is enough for the day. Jesus made this journey the same way. Teaching and reaching out to His disciples, His people and His gentiles. Man enough to hope and wonder if He was giving and doing enough to help them find the faith that they would need after the coming Passover, but God enough to know that it would be accomplished.  Salvation is at hand.  These are the same things that make you ponder and then shake in thankfulness amid all the worries of world.

FAITH…

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1. “The most important Christians are not the ones who preach great sermons and write great books, but the ones who pray, and pray, and pray some more, sharing the quiet but effective victory of Jesus over all that defaces God’s creation.” ~ N.T. (Tom) Wright

 

PRAYER

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2. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Cor 12:4-6