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My times are in your hands.
 
Psalm 31:15
 
 
As I was filling out paperwork to have my medical records sent to a new doctor I noticed something unusual.  Under “date of birth” was the heading “date of death.”  I could have been clever and written “only God knows”, but I instead I just left it blank and moved on.  But the question made me wonder: what if I did know my “date of death”? Would I be living differently?
 
Yesterday was the “date of death” for our dear family friend Bill Frey.  Bill helped shape me into the person I am today.  His quiet generosity made it possible for me to go on mission trips to third world countries as a teenager.  These mission trips opened my eyes to a level of poverty I never knew existed.  My mom says I never complained about my clothes again after returning home.  I didn’t know at the time that it was Bill who had provided the way for me to go, but I was aware of many other ways he blessed my family.
 
My dad worked for a small church in the suburbs of Boston from the time I was ten until I was twenty.  Bill Frey and his family welcomed and cared for all of us as if we were their own family.  Because of Bill, I have wonderful memories of being in their home, swimming in their pool, and going with them on vacation to Nantucket.  They exemplified 1 Timothy 1:18-19:
 
Command them to do good, be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.  — Paul
 
Bill Frey made great investments assuring treasures in heaven, and he did take hold of the “life that is truly life.”
 
 Dedicated to Bunny and Melissa
 
 

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From the ends of the earth I call to you …
Psalm 61:2
  
 
My friend Mika lives in Japan with her husband and seven-year-old twin boys.  Mika was my next-door neighbor for a year at Wheaton College.  I was very sad when I heard about the earthquake in Japan, but then thinking about Mika and her family, my emotional involvement doubled.  I was so thankful when I found out that Mika and her family were safe.  I asked Mika to write a letter about what is happening in Japan and what we can do to help.  Here is her letter:
 

This is absolutely devastating.
So many people died and are still missing.
It is probably about over 13000 people.
The scenes from the disaster area are hollific.
We are far away from the area, but still have series of
aftershocks following the main earthquake. It is scary.

A friend of mine sent me the following website address.
You may take a look.
http://crashjapan.com/

Please pray that this difficult time will draw Japanese
people to God.

Love,
Mika

crashjapan.com
CRASH Japan is the website for the disaster response network of Grace Japan located in Ome-shi, Tokyo, Japan

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eat with joy

 
Go eat your food with joy ….
 
Ecclesiastes 9:7
 
 
I found this verse last year, on the last day of my fast.  I wrote it in my journal along with these words: “God wants us to enjoy our food and appreciate it.  Not eating for a while certainly makes you appreciate food!”  I know that sounds simple, but fasting helps put food in its proper place in life — something to be enjoyed in a healthy way.  Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and taking a break from eating (or eating certain foods) causes you to notice how you are caring for your body.
 
Eating can be very complicated for some people.  I have one dear friend who is struggling with an eating disorder and another one who is trying to lose weight.  For them, food is not a source of joy, as God desires.  Thankfully, there is hope for all who struggle with food issues.  Embracing hope is one of the first steps to discovering how eating can be a joy. 
 
 
You still the hunger of those you cherish.  Psalm 17:14
Fast 
Book recommendation: The Allure of Hope, Jan Meyers
 
Disclaimer:  I am not recommending that anyone with an eating disorder fast or that fasting be used as a weight loss strategy.  I am only recommending fasting as a spiritual discipline for healthy adults.  
 

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They were worshiping the Lord and fasting ….
Acts 13:2
 
 
In 2010, I started noticing examples in the Bible of people fasting as a community.  Up until this point, I had viewed fasting as a top-secret solitary activity, (Matthew 6:16-18) and it was something in which I had no personal experience.  During 2010, I had the opportunity to fast with some of my closest friends.  The encouragement and support of my friends while fasting was invaluable.  

 
I would like to invite you to find a group of friends to fast with or to join me in a fast as 2011 begins. 

 
“Fasting is cleansing. It cleans out our bodies.  It lays bare our souls.  It leads us into the arms of that One for whom we hunger.  In the Divine Arms we become less demanding and more like the one who holds us.  Then we experience new hungers.  We hunger and thirst for justice, for goodness and holiness.  We hunger for what is right.  We hunger to be saints.  Most of us are not nearly hungry enough for the things that really matter.”  Macrina Wiederkehr A Tree Full of Angels
 

For more information about the fast I will be doing see these links:
 

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