HOT DAWG!

 

© Jeanne E Webster-All Rights Reserved

 

It ’s HOT OUT!

dusty

musty

crusty

lazy

hazy

crazy

dewy

pewy

stewy

downright lethargic,

a bad influence on the entire body…

 

Oh well . . . .

 

Have fun and stay cool.

Remember those blessings from God?

Share them with your family and neighbors.

Shalom!

 

(scrap cloth dog made in Illinois by the author)  

 

Now is the Hour

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© Jeanne E Webster. All Rights Reserved and Observed.

Scene 1…

Mary and Joseph lost track of their son, Jesus, a mere 12 year-old, on the way home from their temple visit in Jerusalem. Frantically searching for three days, they found him in the temple in deep discourse with the rabbis. Quite distraught, they inquired why he had gone off on his own. “…I must be about my Father’s business.” LUKE 2:49

Scene 2…

While attending a wedding in Cana of Galilee, Jesus’ mother asked him to provide the guests with more wine, as the wine barrel had run dry. “…mine hour is not yet come.” JOHN 2:4

Scene 3…

Many years later, a Passover meal has been shared in an upper room by Jesus and his disciples. Women possibly were present to facilitate the meal, including Jesus’ mother. She had perhaps bid him “Shalom, my son” as he left the upper room, heading towards his destiny that awaited him that dark night in the garden of Gethsemane and later Golgotha. Did she remember his words as a child? “…I must be about my Father’s business.” Did she know to some extent what might lie ahead for her son?  “…MINE HOUR IS NOT YET COME.” Is this his hour? Mary’s heart and spirit must have shuddered as she trudged home that evening.

A few hours into the night,  Jesus stood before the high priest, arrested after being betrayed by Judas. His hour had come. Luke 22:15-22, John 18:1-14

Agonizing hours later, amongst the crowds, Mary catches a glimpse of a man struggling to carry a wooden beam that is strapped to his shoulders. This is surely a criminal off to his death on the hill called Golgotha. Surely. No…wait! THAT IS MY SON! He is drenched with blood and sweat, glistening in the hot sun as it streaks down his brow, the remainder of his body one dark red mass. She frantically pushes and shoves those that separate them, but he is still far off. The din from the masses is deafening.

“Crucify him! Crucify him!” “We want Barabbas!”

Breathless and exhausted, Mary scrambles up the hill to the cross that holds her son with a mere 3 nails. Grabbing the cross to catch her balance, she looks up, trying to make eye contact with her son, one last time. HIS HOUR HAS COME! The brutal leather-thronged whip has done its god-forsaken work on his head, shoulders and back. A torn mass of bleeding arteries and shredded muscles hang limply from that rugged cross. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother…” JOHN 19:25

The trial was over, the long excruciating walk to Golgotha concluded, the torture of an innocent man, the Son of God, was almost finished. The King of the Jews had been dethroned. Naked, stripped of all his glory and lifted up for all to see, Jesus looked down, searching. Through blood streaked eyes and excruciating pain, he saw his mother standing by. “…Jesus therefore saw his mother…” JOHN 19:26

For a few moments close your eyes and envision this event: a dying son gasping for a glimpse of his mother…a mother in tears and overwhelming heartbreak, peering through the snarled, bloodied hair of her son, trying desperately to make eye contact. And then….

Nothing new? Neither is God!

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Dear God…

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From the massacre of thousands and injuring of hundreds of thousands during the desolation of the World Trade Center in New York City…

Comfort us.

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From the legalized butchery of millions of unborn babies in America and around the world…

Forgive us.

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For teaching and legalizing the lie of sexual immorality…

Forgive us.

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From the destruction of millions of lives, seduced and held captive by the power of drugs and alcohol…

Comfort us.

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For the breakdown of the family unit once held together by a common thread called love…

Forgive us.

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From the vicious slayings of innocent children by sadistic perverted persons…

Comfort us.

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For the abominations perpetrated upon the innocents of this world by “holy” ones…

Forgive them.

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`For the broken hearted who have lost their focus on the Healer of Broken Hearts, Jesus…

Comfort them.

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For the millions of people addicted to immoral and violent forms of entertainment…

Forgive us.

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For the thousands of our military troops drawing a “line in the sand” for peace…

Protect them.

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For the millions of frail elderly folks lying and dying in sliding-door facilities as ancient and neglected as they…

Comfort them.

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For the millions of caring, compassionate volunteers reporting for duty

Praise your name.

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For the millions of parishioners mislead by pulpit wolves in sheep’s clothing

Enlighten them.

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For the shepherds standing in pulpits, presenting the gospel with dirty hands…

Forgive them.

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For America, our beloved country, that is slowly deteriorating before our eyes…

Comfort us.

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For America, who has exported such vile and immoral commodities to the world…

Forgive us.

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For the World’s millions upon millions upon millions of starving and ignored people…

Comfort them.

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For the world’s incessant cry for more and more abominable toys

Forgive us.

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Please read this Scripture. Perhaps we may see that what is going on in our little world today is nothing new. Yet…neither is God.

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Amos 4(NKJV)

Amos 4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who [are] on the mountain of Samaria, Who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, “Bring [wine,] let us drink!”

2 The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days shall come upon you when He will take you away with fishhooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

3 You will go out [through] broken [walls,] each one straight ahead of her, and you will be cast into Harmon,” Says the LORD.

4 ” Come to Bethel and transgress, At Gilgal multiply transgression; Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days.

5 Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, Proclaim [and] announce the freewill offerings; for this you love, [You] children of Israel!” Says the Lord GOD.

6 ” Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities. And lack of bread in all your places; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

7 “I also withheld rain from you, When [there were] still three months to the harvest. I made it rain on one city; I withheld rain from another city. One part was rained upon, and where it did not rain the part withered.

8 So two [or] three cities wandered to another city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

9 “I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, your vineyards, your fig trees, and your olive trees, the locust devoured [them;] yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

10 “I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; your young men I killed with a sword, along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the LORD.

11 “I overthrew [some] of you, As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

12 “Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”

13 For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought [is,] and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high places of the earth — The LORD God of hosts [is] His name.

~Shalom

Another Morning. . .

© Jeanne E Webster

Psalm 92:1, 2

It is good to give thanks to the Lord

And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

To declare Your loving kindness in the morning

And Your faithfulness every night!

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Your Word is settled in heaven, forever.  Your faithfulness endures to all generations.  Amen.

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Oh Lord, I shall always put my trust in Thee;

Preserve me with uprightness and integrity.

Show me Thy ways and teach me to see,

For I wait on Thee…I wait on Thee.

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Morning, noon, and night I pray

In the shadows of Thy wings let me stay.

Hear my voice when I cry aloud,

With head and knees humbly bowed.

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Have mercy on me and restore my soul,

‘Ere long this world takes its dreadful toll.

My hope is in Thee and shall always be,

For I wait on Thee…I wait on Thee.

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Praise and glory to Thee I sing

For You, oh Lord, are my everything.

My heart is fixed on heaven above,

On Your great and eternal love.

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Oh Lord, let my soul dwell at ease;

Grant me Your deep, everlasting peace.

Strengthen my heart; give me dignity,

For I wait on Thee…I wait on Thee.

Boil Order!

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Revelation 1:5e “…unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood…”

Around these parts whenever our water supply has defects, a boil order is issued to warn residents that the water may be unsafe to drink and should be boiled to kill any known pathogens.  This order is issued quite often it seems, and makes me wonder how safe our water is at all times.  After repairs have been completed, an all-clear statement is then issued, meaning the water is safe for drinking.

What about “boil orders” for spiritual dangers lurking in our environment? I’m sure the Bible has quite a number of these warnings, advising us to be extremely cautious of what we eat.

Let us be wary of what we feast upon in these areas:

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Television programs & commercials

Movies

Video games

Magazines

Books

Newspapers

Music

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Water is the primary sustainer of life; let’s make sure it is clean.  Spiritual food is necessary to sustain and enhance spiritual life; let’s make sure it is of God.

Shalom

Be Blessed

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Psalm 103–Bless the Lord

Worship the Lord, O my soul
And all that is within me
Praise His holy name.
Exalt the Lord, O my soul,
Never forget all His provisions:

He forgives all your sins
He heals all your diseases
He saved you from obliteration
He surrounds you with gentle love and tender mercies
He indulges you with your every need
So your spirit can soar like the eagle.

The Lord ensures fair justice for the tormented.
He revealed Himself to Moses,
His capabilities to the Israelites.

The Lord is full of mercy and compassion,
Composed and abounding in leniency.

He will not always dispute with us in anger.
He has dealt kindly with us and not exacted due punishments.

His mercy for those who trust in Him is higher than the heavens.
He has wiped out our sins completely, as far as the east is from the west.

As our earthly fathers have compassion on us, so does the Lord have mercy.
He knows our makeup and remembers we are made of dust.

The days of mankind are as the grass and flowers of the field,
Flourishing well until the storms pass over and they are no more;
They will not even be remembered.

But God’s compassion is eternal towards those who worship Him
And it also carries forth to their children’s children
Because they keep their promise to Him always.

The Lord’s throne is in heaven and He rules His whole creation.

Angels, worship the Lord with your endowed strength;
Do His will and listen closely to His voice.

Heavenly hosts, worship the Lord, all you ministers that do His will.

All creation, worship the Lord wherever you stand.

Worship and praise the Lord, O my entire being!

“Everything is from the Lord and is therefore… a blessing!” Shalom.

© Jeanne E Webster