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RATIONS 100 DAYS! #33

When I read today’s Ration, I knew that I couldn’t say it any better than this author did in the third paragraph. Most of us bump around this crazy world hoping to dislodge whatever stone is hiding the magic key of knowledge that we need to navigate this life; or maybe the magic broom that will sweep all the huge, sticky spider webs from our path; or the magic bridge – or the magic app – or …
But as any former kid that finally reach the age of majority will tell you, – that knowledge comes with a bunch of strings that tend to tie them in knots at various stages of their lives. But the author of this Ration understood that magic is useless. Our Father gave us every inner tool we needed to cut free if those knots and succeed.  He even gave us Eliezer’s prayer as a model.  The first prayer offered by an ordinary person in Genesis, “Lord…make me successful today…” ~Gen 124:12
He made us curious to seek wisdom. He gave us responsibility to accumulate more knowledge and wisdom. Strength to untie the knots that form around us. Character to stand on the principles of faith in Him when the knots seem unbreakable.
He did indeed make us in His image.
1942 Daily Ration: “The more you know, the more you suffer; the more you understand, the more you ache. “~Eccl. 1:18
“Certainly the Preacher is right. The more knowledge one has the more suffering he knows. If we did not know of hatred and starvation and death, we might be smugly content. We are tempted to turn our eyes away from the knowledge of evil and suffering.
“To face the facts of life honestly is a heroic job. Many well-meaning souls break under the strain. Knowledge means responsibility; responsibility requires strength; strength demands character; and character grows out of an inner faith.
“The world is tired because men have tried to build upon a foundation of knowledge without character, without an inner source of strength. The Christian sends his roots deep into a living hope and faith and is able to withstand the withering heat of the sun.
Read:  Ecc 1:12-17; Matt 13:18-23
 
“But we have the mind of Christ”~1 Chron 2:16
Prayer: Eternal God of all life, give us more completely ‘the mind of Christ’ that we may have good soil for deep roots. Help us to live in calm and courageous assurance before the facts of our confused world because we know that truth and love are in thee. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.”

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Commandment Series: Prohibition of Harming a Person through Speech

ten-commandments-400.hebrew abbrevI lost a friend Sunday night.  Three days after receiving his second kidney transplant and telling his wife: “I love you”, he was called Home.  I know there was plenty of rejoicing in Heaven yesterday…just as I know there will be lots of sadness expressed in my hometown over the next few days.  Losing a teacher/preacher man is like that.  It is just plain hard to say good-bye to one of the “good” guys – even when we know from Jewish tradition that good never ends – and all of Heaven is rejoicing and throwing a fantastic “Welcome Home” party in his honor.

I’ve  led a blessed life that has allowed me to encounter a few teacher/preacher men and women. People who managed to stand on their faith everyday, no matter the circumstances swirling around them – no matter the confrontations that they had to endure because of their testimony.  Reaching out and  being able to teach others about the Love that surrounds us all – even when facing everyday challenges – is what sets a teacher/preacher apart from many others.  They daily walk in the Light as He is in the Light, and they reflect His Love to all that are blessed enough to join them on that walk.

‘On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.’” — Leviticus 23:40

sukkotTomorrow at sundown, the Jewish festival of Sukkot begins.  It will also be the second blood  moon that has fallen on a Jewish holiday this year.  It is a time of great joy.  A time to live in a temporary shelter so that they remember what it was like on the journey to the Promise Land and seek to create the  trust that should live within them for Jehovah-Jireh. The New Year has just begun (Yom Kippur/Rosh Hashanah), and now it is time for each person to dedicate themselves and their lives to the One True God.  They gather four species of plants that Sages say represent the body, wave them in all four directions of the world, and stand on their faith, letting David’s ancient words sing for all the world to hear.  For a short moment in time, they become teacher/preachers and people are blessed by their words and actions.

“With every bone in my body, I will praise Him,”  Ps 36:1

Words can be curses or blessings.  The 9th commandment points this out ratherlie succinctly.  Most of us learned it: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Ex 20:13.  Needless to say, most of us think of that this means just don’t lie about something someone else has done or not done.  However, Jewish tradition applies this commandment to all sins that are done in the form of speech.  Making fun of someone?  Gossiping?  Swearing falsely about anything?  Leading someone away from the Light with your words?  It is a basic reminder that we are to use our words as a blessing instead of a curse. A reminder to be a teacher/preacher with everything we say.  heaven-of-angels

My friend was one of those people.  His words were a blessing and a gift to our world.  We will miss you, my friend, but I also know that your journey with the angels has just begun.