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2020 VISION: Short, Sweet #4

“…I have prayed for you.” Lk 22:32

How awesome is that to think about? Yes – Rabbi Yeshua was talking to Peter, but in the original language, He used the inclusive form of you. In other words, “I have prayed for y’all”.

Right now – whatever you are doing – just think about that. Yeshua Ha-Mashiach is praying for you in Heaven and before He created you. I remember the first time that verse really hit my mind like a sledge hammer. I was overwhelmed it. GOD was praying for me…me…a sinner who had broken His heart too many times to count. He was praying for…each one of us.

“So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name…” Ibid.

I love teaching language. I love teaching about books. BUT – I love teaching about GOD even more. After keeping my tongue under control (mostly) in the public schools, it is sooooo fun to be able to talk about the One who created me to be a teacher and to share all the wonders of the subjects that lie behind the physical facts (as we know them).

Because of the Prayer March happening in Washington D.C. on Saturday, we talked about prayer in the library. We read about prayer. We colored papers about prayer. We wrote and talked about the words in the “LORD’s Prayer” as we filled in the blanks. Some of them knew about the prayer gathering happening on Saturday. A couple of them knew someone who was going there. Some needed to know definitions. Some didn’t really know this prayer.But all of them knew Jesus and Our Father.

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.” Ibid.

What did surprise me is how many did not know the words to His prayer that He taught us. I remember learning this prayer before I could put myself to bed. I remember saying this prayer everyday in school after our teacher read us a Bible story. I remember saying this prayer as I said my earthly goodbyes to my mommy and daddy. I remember saying this prayer on my knees with my children and husband every night before we tucked them in to bed.

Now that was Heaven on earth.

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matt 6:9-15

Like usual, after a full day of teaching, I am already yawning. The choc lab girls have meandered back to their comfy beds. Shadow-Spooky-Sparkle kitty has curled up in a tight ball in her favorite chair. So I smile as I yawn again.

Life leads us into a different faith journey every day. Some I love – and some – – – I never want to live through again. Then I as I yawn again, I wonder – how many times have I said His prayer over these 70 years?

Can’t begin to guess.

Having a prayer that comes immediately to your lips when the world betrays you, is a blessing beyond measure. I wonder how many of the children of this world will have that comfort in the years to come. I wonder how many know that Jesus is praying for them. I wonder – how many of you know that His words are a promise and He never breaks His promises…

“I have prayed for y’all”.

“Awesome Wonder” by Greg Olsen

2020 VISION: Short, Sweet #9

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.

In Your name they rejoice all day long,
And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
For You are the glory of their strength,
And in Your favor our horn is exalted.

For our shield belongs to the Lord,
And our king to the Holy One of Israel” (Ps. 89:15-18).

The sun has set in NC, so the Feast of Trumpets and High Holy Days have begun. When Jesus was a boy, He would walk for 6 days to get to Jerusalem – that is how important it was for family and friends to make the journey.  10 days of worshiping the Father and listening for His voice. 

“But the LORD God called out to the man,“Where are you?” Gen 3:9

Jewish sages say that in the days leading up to the High Holy Days, Abba comes down to earth and wanders among His people as He did during the days of the Garden for this is the day of Creation.  5781 years ago – the Day He drew a deep breath and spoke, “Light Be!”  So He comes.  Calling to His children to return to Him.  Wanting them to seek His face.  Missing His friends and wishing they could walk together as they once did long ago.

“Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the Law.” Prov 29:18

Yeshua Ha-Mashiach brought us a vision 2000 years ago. He walked among us with power, signs and wonders or we would call them – miracles. A reminder that Abba’s desire is always to walk with us.  A reminder that as we look within, seek deep introspection, and find our knees in repentance that Jesus stands beside us, His hand resting on our head, and the Father doesn’t have to ask any longer, “Where are you?”

Blow the shofar. 

Light the candles. 

Eat the Bread. 

Drink the wine. 

Sing praises of Awe to Him who continues to seek us even in the dark of the night because He misses us and loves us beyond comprehension. 

Shofar

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VISION 2020: Short, Sweet, #12

“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
    pay attention and gain understanding.
 I give you sound learning,
    so do not forsake my teaching.”
Prov 4:1-2

Today was one of those days that I had to depend on others’ wisdom.  It never fails to amaze me when a young lady can stick a needle into an arm, draw out several vials of blood in less than 5 minutes, and leave nary a trace of having been done any of that.  It takes me longer to eat a chocolate chip cookie.  Not to mention, a doctor who can make me laugh and relax while he cracks several different bones in this aging body.

Now that is “sound learning” beyond my understanding, and believe me, I’m really glad that they didn’t forsake their teaching as they did their jobs.

“The more I learn, the less I know…the more I learn, the more I realize…the less I know.” Yentl

The wisdom of the Torah says this is a special time of year. If Jesus still walked the earth, He would have already turned his steps towards Jerusalem so that He could be in Jerusalem by Friday night, the start of the Sabbath.  This year, the first day of Tishrei or commonly called, Rosh Hashanah begins on the Sabbath.  The blowing of the shofar; a ram’s horn calls Jews with a hundred notes of Awe into 10 days of repentance. 

The wisdom of repentance…of seeking…of listening……

As these days lead up to a prayer march in Washington DC on September 26, what better way than to look to the Vine from which we sprung?  Using the wisdom in the Book of Life that Abba gave us as a guide book.  Following the steps of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach into 10 days of introspection, repentance, and seeking wisdom for places where we strayed out of His footsteps. 

[Greg Olsen artwork]