Every animal, insect, bird, reptile breathes. All of us taking in the same common source of oxygen, the atmosphere of Earth. Our hearts beating from when they begin until we die, without our manipulation or guidance.
“IF You can?” and then followed with a challenge to the man and his child – to BELIEVE. It is not going to be the wave of a magic wand by which this boy will be healed. But first, do you BELIEVE I can do this? That is what Jesus challenged him with.
Saul had gone in search of his father's livestock and ended up at the home of a seer. A special plate had been served to him. This was too much. How would he tell the folks back home? Inner thoughts race when the unknown steps up to greet us.
Just as each person comes into the church through the entry door, they also bring with them who they are. The personal mess of troubles, lingering doubts, hidden secrets, worries, habits and suspicions are all brought right on into the church, the sanctuary, a building on a plot of land where people gather.
You can't change the one you love, from inside or from above. But woe to the one who releases their individual rights as God's child, instead giving themselves over to another for trampling.
LORD, when You shift the fabric of our lives it is done with such deft precision; no one could better the mark. You do this with the sole intent and purpose being that all things point to You alone.
How do we begin the day? Should we wake up running and stressed to beat the clock? Is it beneficial to start the day with a phone in hand; reading the text messages and emails that came in overnight? What we do on waking matters and plays heavily on how the day sets into motion. For my day to start right there MUST be an ignition point. So, my knees roll out of bed...
We are to serve each other as equals with love and mercy at all cost. He was the ultimate servant who not only gave His life for those He loved but did so even when they did not love in return.