Monday, May 31, 2010

Leaves of Gold




I recently obtained a copy of an old book entitled Leaves of Gold; one I know that I have looked through as a child from some other person’s library. I will periodically share some of the tried and true tidbits from within. One that spoke to me so clearly is entitled “Trouble” and reads this way:

I think that human life is much like road life. You stand on a hill, and look down and across the valley, and another prodigious hill lifts itself upon the other side. The day is hot, your horse is weary, and you are tired; and it seems to you that you cannot climb that long hill. But you had better trot down the hill you are on, and not trouble yourself about the other one. You find the valley pleasant and inspiring. When you get across it, you meet only a slight ascent, and begin to wonder where the steep hill is which you saw. You drive along briskly, and when you reach the highest point, you find that there has not been an inch of the hill over which you have not trotted. You see that it was illusory. The slight ascent looked almost like a perpendicular steep; but when you come to pass over it, step by step, you find it to be a good traveling road.

So it is with your troubles. Just in that way your anticipations of mischief hang before you; and when you come to where they are, you find them to be all smooth turnpikes. Men ought to be ashamed, after they have done that two or three times, not to take the hint, and profit by it; yet they will not. They will suffer from anticipated troubles just as much as though they had no such experience. They have not wit enough to make use of the lesson which their life is continually teaching them; namely, that a large majority of the troubles which they worry themselves about beforehand either never come or are easily borne. They form a habit of fretting about future troubles. It was not the old monks alone who wore sackcloth and hair shirts; you wear them as much as they did; only you wear them inside, while they wore them outside~ you wear them in your heart, they wore them on their skins. They were wiser then you are.(p 23)
Henry Ward Beecher

Clyde Francis Lytle, edt. (1956). Leaves of Gold. Williamsport, PA: The Coslett Publishing Company.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Kyrie Elesion

Father in heaven,
Please help me to keep going.

Jesus, help me bear the pain.
I am not strong enough.
I don’t ask you to take it away,
Then I would be less than human,
Just make me strong enough to take it.

These blessings you have given me,
Seem now to be my cross.

Lord, I so need your peace;
To guard my heart and mind.

I so love to be a blessing to others,
Yet, I need a blessing myself—

Lord, I know I purposely make myself
So busy that I don’t feel so alone;
But I’m exhausted.

Lord, I have nothing left—
Please fill me with your Spirit.

I need your strength, peace, love…
All of it—
That is the only way I can keep going.

Qui sedes, ad dexteram Patris mi se rere nobis.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Musical Invitation



















For all those who are fans of choral music, I would like to invite you to the up-coming concerts by Canto Deo. The theme of these two concerts is Americana; a mix of old time gospel, spirituals, and traditional folk hymns. The concerts are free, and I have tickets to send to anyone interested in attending. Just email me, and I would be happy to send you tickets; or contact the Canto Deo web site for additional information.

The concerts are:

Saturday June 12, 7:30 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church,4500 E. Hampden Ave. Cherry Hills village, CO 80113

Sunday June 13 at 2pm at St. Francis Cabrini Church, 6673 W. Chatfield Ave., Littleton, CO 80128

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Classic Quote

If the things of this world delight you, praise God for them but turn your love away from them and give it to their Maker, so that in the things that please you, you may not displease him. If your delight is in souls, love them in God, because they too are frail and stand firm only when they cling to him. If they do not, they go their own way and are lost. Love them, then, in him and draw as many with you to him as you can. Tell them ‘He is the one we should love. He made the world and he stays close to it.’ For when he made the world he did not go away and leave it. By him it was created and in him it exists. Wherever we taste the truth, God is there. He is in our very inmost hearts, but our hearts have strayed from him. Think well on it, unbelieving hearts and cling to him who made you. Stand with him and you shall not fall; rest in him and peace shall be yours. What snags and pitfalls lie before you? Where do your steps lead you? The good things which you love are all from God, but they are good and sweet only as long as they are used to do his will. They will rightly turn bitter if God is spurned and the things that come from him are wrongly loved. (p. 82)

Saint Augustine: Confessions; Book IV,Chapter 12
(1961) Penguin classics; Translated by R.S. Pine-Coffen

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hanna's Prayer


Please take the time to listen and watch my dear friend Janice McNees give the Mother's Day Sermon at the church her son pastors. She is an inspiration to me in the wisdom she has received in many years of walking with the Lord.

Jan, these flowers are for you.

Thank you for your continued prayers! My prayers also follow you.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Trust

You know day to day we ask many things from God; good things, important things, necessary things.


Things like help, hope, healing…


Better jobs, renewed relationships (or any relationship)…


But what if you knew with out a doubt that what ever you asked in Jesus’ name God would give you…


And you asked instead “…not my will, but Thy will be done…”

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Living Water






















I was walking along my favorite trail this morning, the air was cool and crisp. Here at the edge of the Front Range, the snow is melted except for some stubborn patches under the trees; so along the trail this time of year flows a snow-melt stream. The sound of the water, gushing over the rocks is soothing; and it brought to mind “rivers of living water”.

I started thinking on the things that the Spirit of God was cleaning out of me; old hurts, stock-piled garbage, an assortment of what I like to call “toxic waste” from years of “world abuse” I have suffered. Like the water in this stream, the “Water of Life” cleaning out the garbage in my heart can be painful. Whenever you had a scraped and dirty wound from falling as a child; to hold that bleeding part under water would be painful…you know you had to get it cleaned off, but boy-o-boy it hurt.

But when the wounds, hurts, and “toxic waste” are cleaned out; the relief is immediate. The lightness, healing, and peace are wonderful. When you let God do the healing, the healing is true and complete.


“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them Thy servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; then I shall be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:7-14