Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
As hard as it is for me the admit, we'll soon be in the throes of winter. I really hate to see this season come to a close as the reality that is winter is upon us. Saturday night we turn the clock back and time is what it is when it's accurate, darn! And so it goes, cold and wind and snow.
MY DEAR FALL FRIEND
Monday, November 1, 2021
By Pat Severin
“I am your humble servant, Lord, and this I need to know,
What is the most important thing so that my faith will grow?”
So Jesus answered simply, “Love God with all your heart,
With everything you have, Dear One, completely, not just part.”
“And is there something else, Lord, that you want me to do?”
Christ said, “To love your neighbor as much as you love you.
For love is what’s important, it’s above all other things,
For God is love and loving us is how the Savior brings…
Salvation and eternal life, though it was not deserved.
While we were yet so sinful, Christ’s death made heaven assured…
So that the ones who do believe, those baptized in His name,
May love the way that He loved us, our fellow man the same.
“To love as well as show love, is that the answer, Lord?
But there are many kinds of love, how should my love be poured?
You said to love as God loved us, but tell me more of that.
Describe the ways we are to love and try to be exact.
“The Bible gives examples of how love can be shown
And then with this assistance will love be truly known.
Love shows when we are patient, when kindness rules the day,
When we are never boastful, aren’t rude to get our way.
But only God can truly show a love that’s unconditional.
You can attempt this kind of love but often it’s provisional.
Still give your heart and honestly to love the best you can
For all will see your Father when you love your fellow man.”
Saturday, October 30, 2021
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
That talks about that fearful place where no one wants to be.
An evil place, a valley where death’s darkened shadows lurk;
The picture seems to me to be the devil’s handiwork.
But what’s the message here for us, what is it we should know?
And why this vivid imagery, what is it meant to show?
We know we’re fraught with evil things as we walk through this life
Of sadness, disappointments, all our problems, perils, strife.
This place, this valley’s like the world where dreadful things abound,
A shadowed place where we can’t see the threats that can be found.
But in this frightening place, we see the One who saves us from it,
He is the source of comfort and support for every journey.
He lights our way so we can see, although we are unworthy…
Of love and care, yet He is there, to help us make it through.
So undeserved this love of His, but He says this is true…
That though the perils of this life can sometimes cloud our judgment,
Our God is there, He loves and cares with power that’s abundant.
We need not fear the devil’s plan, he wants to overtake us,
Because our God is always there and never will forsake us.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
YOU ONLY NEED TO ASK
By Pat Severin
It’s true that life so often brings concerns and sometimes worry
And fraught with all its challenges, we find we’re in a hurry…
To end the stress, forget the mess, but wonder what to do.
But God has said, “Please come to me and I will see you through.”
There is no need to feel afraid of what might be the outcome,
Those fearful thoughts, they have no place, for that’s where doubting comes from.
He tells you He will strengthen you and help to ease your way.
He won’t erase your troubles but He’ll bolster you each day…
To meet whatever plagues your thoughts, He hears your every plea.
He says, “I’m here, my strength is yours, for every single need.”
The God who made the world will bring His power and His might.
He will not leave you on your own, no, He will help you fight…
Your apprehensions for He knows your human limitations…
Because He made you, loves you so, and has no reservations…
About what is the best for you, supports you so you’ll stand…
And face whatever worries you, upholds you with His hand.
“Fear not,” He says, “for where you are, that’s where I’ll always be!
No matter what, I’ll strengthen you, believe it, for you’ll see…
That you can always count on me, to help you, come what may,
You only need to ask, my child, you only need to pray.”