I Remember Gramma

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS.  ~Phil. 4:8

 

 

   

MY MOST UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER

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An image of a woman laboring in the kitchen brings to mind a lady very dear to me, my grandmother.  All those peaceful days I shared with her during my parent’s many separations, I remember well with such tranquility and love.  A gramma’s love can never be equaled…except by the love of our Lord Jesus.  I hated to return home after relishing a child’s heaven-on-earth.

Gramma was an expert cook and turned out the most delightful tasting food on her old wood burning stove.  Her recipes were not gourmet, mind you, just good, hearty meals for plain, hungry folks.  My favorite meal was her Boston baked beans and brown bread.  I could put away a heap of those northern beans in their deep-brown sauce, and dipping the brown bread into it was the best way to clean up a plate.

Watching her make filled cookies, my mouth would water as each luscious aroma wafted from the oven.  So eager to sample the baked cookies, I’d have a sore tongue for days from wolfing down the hot-off-the-press tidbits.  Her rhubarb pie was so succulent everyone’s salivary glands would be going full throttle the minute they got a whiff of that dessert.

My treasure island was her pantry, where she kept all those delicious goodies; many times I was shooed out for snitching out of the cookie jar or helping myself to a slab of leftover pie.

Yes, those were the good old days.  I am grown now and my idol has gone.  But I treasure those memories, the happiest of my childhood.  My heart bears the warmth of a “gramma’s” love.  It can never be equaled…but by the love of Christ in my heart.  May you too enjoy and treasure these loves from God.    

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Gold and Silver

ark of the covenant

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2 Chronicles 5

Temple Preparation

Overview-the Feast

Solomon ordered the elders of Israel to place all David’s treasures of silver, gold, and musical instruments in the house of God, for these were committed to the Lord.  Later all the men of Israel gathered before King Solomon as the priests and Levites sacrificed multitudes of animals for the feast.  Afterwards the priests carried the ark into the house of the Lord, into the Holy of Holies.   The ark contained only the two stones on which were the laws of the covenant.  When they came out of the Holy place, the priests and Levites sang and played musical tributes of praise to their God, thanking Him in one voice: “He is good, His mercy endures forever.”  Suddenly the temple was veiled, as His glory occupied His house!

When we covenant with God, our bodies become His temple.  Having dedicated all our treasures (all we have and all we are), we lay them at the feet of Jesus, the ultimate, supreme Sacrifice.  God can then enter our hearts and fill us with His glory.  We must remember…this is the living God! May we praise and thank Him in voice and heart for His covenant with us!  Amen

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul;

Thank you, Lord, for making me whole.

Thank you, Lord, for giving to me

Thy great salvation, so full and free!