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Long Distance Conversation with Mom and Dad

Mom? Dad? Where am I? Have I crossed over?

No, son, you haven’t “crossed over” it’s not your time yet.  And who talks like that? Crossed over? Anyway, come and sit with us.  We know the last several months have been difficult for you, and we thought now would be an excellent time to visit you.

Well, it’s a little unusual, to say the least, but you’re right about that the last few months, they have trying.  Sometimes I say to myself, why even bother?  Does it matter?  If the big man wants me to suffer, I’m more or less powerless to stop it.

Is that what you think?

That’s what I know. I mean, I pray to him. I’ve tried to live my life the correct way, yet here I am dealing with this.  It’s like he has forsaken me.

So you believe that if you simply ask, he’ll look at you, and boom like that, you’re problems disappear? Interesting? But I can understand how you may feel forsaken.  You know your mother and I have always believed you to be remarkable.  Someone born with the unique talents to accomplish whatever you set your mind to—the empathy to treat others with love and respect and not expect anything in return. The intelligence to see a problem and reason out the best solution. So it is surprising that you do not see the obvious.

Which is?

That the Lord will help you by showing you the way, guiding you to right path, but you must be willing to walk the road. There are no easy fixes.  If you believe in him, he will believe in you, he will show you the way. But showing you is not the same as doing for you.  Sometimes we forget that.

So you’re saying this is a test of my faith?

No, what you will soon come to understand, son, is he does not crave your belief.  If he did, he would not have given you free will.  What he does desire is that you live your life in accordance with the principles he has laid out.  That you treat others with the respect and love, you desire.  This is especially important in times of darkness.  How you treat others when it appears all things around you are failing is a look inside your soul.  You see, it is not a test in your faith in him but an examination of yourself.  If you pass, it does not matter if you say you believe in him or not because your actions will show that you believe in what is right and pure, and that is what he desires for each of us.

I get it, righteously live my life, and the Lord will lead me in the direction of good things.  Thankfully I was raised by two beautiful people who instilled in me the righteous way.

It is good to see despite some bumps in the road; you have chosen to live your life adhering to the principles your father and I set for you.  But what you must remember is that as a living being, your definition of “good things” might differ from the definition of good things on a spiritual level.

Whoa, that seems like a cop out.  Are you saying that no matter what you do, you may find you do not always get the happy ending you search for?

Yes and no.  If you define your happiness as only what you can measure on the plane of existence for which you currently reside, then I guess you could say no.

What?

Look at it this way, your mother and I are talking to you now.  This plane of existence is very different than the one in which you usually reside.  Yet the look on your face when you saw us.  The feeling of love emanating from your heart and the happiness you feel right now exist but in quite a different way than if we were on your normal plane of existence.  Stay still for a minute, close your eyes, and listen to your heart. Now let’s go back to the very beginning when you first saw us, and you asked have you crossed over.  Suppose you had? Would that feeling of happiness and love you have right now cease to exist?

I think I understand. I genuinely miss you and how you always explained things to me.  How you are able to make me understand things other could not, how you always showed me what is right is wrong. Most importantly, no matter how stubborn I was, how you never gave up on me, how you loved me as no other two people could ever love me.

You were our child, special in that you were not born of us, but we chose you to be our child.  As much as you think we impacted you, watching you grow into the man you are today brought happiness to us as well.  And do not believe we do not continue to benefit from that as we continue to watch you.  We even cheat a bit, when permitted of course, and help you through some rough moments.  The day will come when we all exist together again as a family, but that time is not now.  You have much to accomplish yet, and we will be looking on proud parents. But for now, we must leave you.

Wait, will I even remember this?

Of course, I wouldn’t go around broadcasting it, spirituality isn’t what it used to be, and some may want to have your head examine, so let this be our little secret, son, and remember this is not goodbye. It’s only till next time. We love you.

And I love you, Mom and Dad, till next time.

Carry Each Other’s Burdens

So today, my horoscope said:

Dealing with the people you care for turns out to be a heavy burden. Spread the word far and wide, for it is time to set yourself free. After all, this kind of dependence ends up taking a serious toll. It’s not your job to carry someone else’s cross.

What a horrible way to think; as Christians, we believe that the Lord blesses us with His love and the strength to get through the storms that we face. He made the ultimate sacrifice when he gave us his son to relieve us of our sin.

1 Peter 2:24:

He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Knowing this, especially during these troubling times, how could we not pay His blessings forward to our fellow man. When the burden they face becomes too much for them to carry alone, should we not lift them up? Would we not want someone to help steady us when we are straining under the weight of our earthly troubles? Should we not help each other strengthen our faith when its waivers so we are reminded the Lord is working to relieve us of our angst? Have we forgotten that we are all children of the Lord, and He never gives us more than we can bear, and maybe it is through the compassion we show each other in difficult times that He is lessening our load? Do we not believe that He will look down upon us favorably and bless us tenfold for showing compassion to others? Remember, it is not only the righteous thing to do, but we are commanded to do it.

Galatians 6:2:

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ

Remember, as humans, none of us is immune to troubles.

Psalms 34:18 tells us:

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

How weak and selfish are we to expect the Lord to carry our burdens and believe it is not our responsibility to provide comfort and aid to others that we look at our assistance to others as a burden to ourselves and allow them to continue to struggle, crushed under the weight of their troubles.

May the Lord give us the strength to help those in need and the foresight never to turn our back on others.

The Devil – The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz

Covid

Racial Injustice

Homelessness

Hunger

Oppression

The powerful turning a blind eye to the plight of the weak

The rich profiting off the poor

We are living in troubled times, and Satan is hard at work. He never sleeps, He is the hardest working man in show business. Taunting us. Asking us where our Lord has gone? Why has he forsaken us? He sees this as an opportunity to swoop in and get many of us to abandon our faith and switch teams.

I know because, like so many, he has tried to shake my faith. He is a master at tempting us with solutions that appear to solve our problems, but those solutions come with a hefty price. Yet, when tempted in times of trouble, it is not easy to turn away from temptation, to let go of our worry and sorrow and believe that God has us. To remember that we are His children, and He loves us so much He gave us his son so that in his death, Jesus would set us free from eternal death. To be a seed sown for the harvest of our souls for all eternity so we could be redeemed into the family of God.

Many of us forget that no matter what we are going through at the moment, it is nothing compared to the abundance of blessings that the Lord has waiting for us. The devil knows this as well, he knows he can tempt us, make us question our faith, but he also knows that he will never, not even on his best day, have the power to shower us with the blessings that the Lord will rain down on us if we keep the faith and stay the course. 

That’s why he’s out here with his nose in everything, working so hard to nurture the evil and doubt with-in us, to take us off our path home where the Lord awaits us. In times like this, He is especially active, looking to take advantage of the loneliness and sorrow many of us may be experiencing, having suffered through the loss of a loved one or challenging times we may be going through.

But stay strong, we must. Lean on our faith and laugh at the tricks he tries to get us to question our faith. Have faith that the Lord is still walking with us. So tell the devil that he can move on and look for another soul to try and turn because he is wasting his time trying to turn yours because your soul knows that God has you, and that’s all you need.

THIS TOO SHALL PASS

COVID Racial unrest Homelessness Hunger Financial insecurity We live in troubling times, and for many of us, our faith is being tested. Many of us openly ask, where is He? Why has He turned his back on us? But even if our faith is shaken, we must find it within ourselves to lean on it, remember we are His children. Created in His image, and He loves us so much that he sacrificed his only Son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. He has never forsaken us before, and He never will.

Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

We may not always understand the why, but we must have faith that there is a reason in all that He does.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

For while it may seem dark now, the dawn will soon come, and with it his eternal blessings.

2 Corinthians 4:17, ESV: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

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Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

We may not always understand the why, but we must have faith that there is a reason in all that He does.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

For while it may seem dark now, the dawn will soon come, and with it his eternal blessings.

2 Corinthians 4:17, ESV: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

Trump’s Weaponization of God and The Bible

The GOP is at it again, led by the most prominent, phoniest, Christian of them all, Donald Trump. I’m personally offended by their weaponization of God and the Bible. As a man of faith who is on a spiritual road, with still so much to learn, their promotion of hatred toward your fellow man under the guise of Christianity is appalling. The Bible prophesied this deception, in what Trump once claimed is his favorite Bible verse

2 Corinthians 11:14-15

14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

It also prophesied how easy it would be for him to attract followers to the bigotry, racism, and numerous other evils he spews forth without them questioning it

2 Timothy 4:3-4

3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

He gives true Christians a bad name, and we want everyone to know that Trump and his supporters do not speak for true Christian or to paraphrase Kevin Bacon’s character in A few Good Men:

Don’t you dare lump me in with Trump, Pence, and their supporters just because they claim to worship the same God.