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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in distress.

James 1:27

 
  

Let’s start a Valentine’s Day Revolution!

On Valentine’s Day, it is natural to focus our attention on those we love.  However, I would like to challenge us to be just as aware of those who desperately need love.  It is easier to ignore the pain that Valentine’s Day invokes for some people than to enter into the distress of the heartbroken, isolated, and lonely.  Let’s deliberately and intently search for people that we can show God’s gracious compassion and unrelenting love.  Let’s look for practical ways to demonstrate this love and “look after” those living with a relationship void. 

Please share this idea with your friends: Remember orphans, widows, and the heartbroken on Valentine’s Day.

 

If you are in emotional pain, please know that there is hope.  God is “closer to you than the blood in your veins.”  Many encouraging words can be found on my Dad’s blog, Your Story Matters.

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God heals the brokenhearted

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But you, God, see the trouble of the

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afflicted; you consider their grief

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and take it in hand. The victims

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commit themselves to you …

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Psalm 10:14

 

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The Lord builds up Jerusalem (and those who are grieving)

He gathers the exiles …

He heals the brokenhearted

and binds up their wounds.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous

and His ears are attentive to their cry.

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Cry out to God Most High …

He sends from heaven and saves you, …

God sends His love and His faithfulness.

He does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.

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Whoever who dwells in the shelter of the Most

High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

He will cover you with his feathers,

and under His wings you will find refuge

His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 147:2-3; Psalm 34:18,15; Psalm 57:2-3* slight change

Psalm 9:12; Psalm 91:1,4

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Dedicated to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School

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“If you had only known on this day
 
what would bring you peace.” 
 
— Jesus
 
 
As Jesus was crying, looking at Jerusalem, he said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.  They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.  They will not leave one stone on another because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”  Luke 19:41-44   
 
Are there ways that we are like Jerusalem?  Does Jesus look at our lives and weep because we do not accept the peace he is offering?  Does he cry because we do not recognize the time of God coming to us?
 
The path of peace is being offered to
 
us, but we have to choose daily to
 
walk on it.
 
Thank you to Larry Cline, whose sermon inspired this post.  He posed the question, “What does Jesus find when he looks at my life?” and made the statement, “I pray that Jesus doesn’t cry when he looks at my life.”
 
 
This post was edited early this week, and was scheduled to post today.  In light of today’s tragedy in Connecticut, I almost didn’t post it.  I decided to go ahead, because especially today, we need to know the peace and comfort that Jesus is offering.  When people turn away from God, evil is increasingly apparent.  In the above verse, Jesus was predicting the consequences of the people of Jerusalem’s behavior.  Our country is experiencing the consequences of our godless ways.  Violence is continually erupting in our land.  Our only hope is to “recognize the time of God coming to us.”  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
 

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A Time to Mourn …
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Ecclesiastes 3:4
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Oh, how I wish that mourning were not a part of our lives here on earth.  I wish it weren’t time to mourn for the incredible young man Ty Osman II.  For those of us who know Ty, it is our time to mourn and grieve, and to remember and reflect about what we can learn from his life.  For those of you who don’t know Ty, I would like to share a few of the many things that are being said about him. 
Ty …
  • Radiantly full of joy
  • Fun to be with
  • Loved God with all of his heart
  • A servant to the poor
  • Full of goodness, kindness and love
  • A defender of the weak
  • Splendid man of God
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Every day Ty sought others out, to know them, include them, and invite them into a relationship.  To be pursued and known – what a gift.  Ty’s life modeled what God initiates every day with me … seeks, invites and includes.  Sorrow pours from my heart, but peace resides knowing Ty is with the one who knows and loves him best …  Ty’s life is truly an example of God’s love.  With all my heart, I am thankful for his example of finding joy in being with others and pursuing ALL of his relationships with abandonment.
  — Christiana Liddle
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When it comes time for your loved ones to mourn for you, what words do you want said about you?
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I am making everything new.  Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  Revelation 21:5 & 4
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My eyes are dim with grief. 
I call to you, Lord, every day;
I spread out my hands to you.
 
 Psalm 88:9
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On Friday night, I went to bed thinking about Psalm 88:9 and asking myself the question,”Can you ever be prepared for grief?” On Saturday, I woke up to the news that Ty, the son of my close friends Ty and Nancy, had been in a serious car accident and was on life support.  Then this morning, I received the gut-wrenching news, “Ty is gone.  They are donating his organs.”
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The devastating sorrow I now feel is answering my own question: “No, you can never be prepared for grief.  You can only be prepared to receive comfort by knowing the source of true comfort.”
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No guilt in life, no fear in death —
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from his hand;
Till he returns or calls me home —
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
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  by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
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“So we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” — Paul
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In honor of Ty Osman II
A beautiful man of God

 

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