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Stilled and Quieted

Friday, May 17, 2013

Five days into the challenge to go deeper with GOD have come and gone...
One thing I've been learning is to listen to and then talk with Him moment by moment...
the tornadoes...more shootings and bombings...gas attack...issues of health and finance for family and friends...unexpected death of a young person...the ones healing from horrific events..babies in the process of being born...those on the front lines in many battles...

Scripture exhorts to "pray unceasingly" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Earlier in that letter Paul says, "We always thank GOD for all of you mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our GOD and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thess. 1:2,3). The epistles of Romans, Ephesians, Colossians and 2 Timothy also mention Paul's praying constantly.

These verses bring to mind a family we know in Nagaland in northeastern India that cares for orphans, the elderly and outcasts in their small home. They have many challenges and troubles. In fact one child drowned accidentally when he fell into a pond and could not be resuscitated. The father and mother also have a baby (Moses) whose parents died shortly after his birth. The Indian family raises their own food and the parents teach the village children to read, write and do math. GOD's mercy and grace keep them in faith, hope and love.

What about my work/labor/endurance test? In the stillness, I am nudged to remember...those in hardships, afflictions, adversity, pain...or others in celebration, joy, healing, liberty from great difficulties...Rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who mourn...As we get older more and more of our quiet "job" is on our knees! emoticon

"In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength." - Isaiah 30:15

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