I love a well-worn Bible. This one was my mother’s, given to her and my dad by her mother, my grandmother. We are so blessed in this country to have a Bible and the freedom to read and study it!
Yet so many people have Bibles that are literally gathering dust on their coffee table or book shelf. I have the urge to write “Read Me!” in the dust when I see that.
The Bible is God’s holy Word. It’s not only a love story from God to man, but a revelation of his perfect plan and a practical guide for everyday concerns. Approach it with reverence and be in the Word daily.
How many Bibles are in your home? Have you read one of them? What if God were to one day say to you, “Was the eighty years I gave you not long enough for you to read my book?”
Let’s keep Christ in the center of our Easter celebrations. He is risen. He is risen indeed!
Water is one of the things your body needs most to get healthy and stay healthy. Watch for signs that you need water. Thirst is the first sign, but as you age you may not feel thirst, so getting enough water is very important for older people. Additional symptoms of dehydration may include dry mouth, headache, and fatigue. Your body gets warmer, your breathing gets faster and your pulse rate goes up. Without enough water, you don’t have enough blood volume, so you feel tired, you’re not hungry, and you may feel nauseous. Your thinking becomes confused or fuzzy. You may not be able to think straight. You may feel dizzy and weak as your need for water becomes more severe. Every cell in your body needs water to do its work.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalms 42:1.
“To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6
Maybe Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, but it won’t be long. My spirit stirs and my thoughts joyfully turn to the inevitable first breath of Spring as I recall God’s promise: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
A bit of nostalgia: this family photo was taken in 1924. No, I’m not in it! In fact, my dad is the baby on my grandmother’s lap, third from left on the second row. My grandpa stands behind her and my dad’s older brother sits in front of her. I was privileged to know some but not all of the rest. Some passed before I was born; some lived far away. Still, we were close.
Family bonds are strong, even if we never meet all of our extended family members. That’s how it is with the family of God, too. When we meet or hear of another believer, or welcome a new believer into the body of Christ, there is an instant closeness and spiritual bond. As the lyrics to the hymn “The Family of God”, written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, so eloquently convey:
“I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.”
May you be blessed with a strong family bond.
The hope of spring, the hope of health, the hope of love, the hope of peace, the hope of glory: hope springs eternal.
When a fragile flower peaks up through the snow and ice, we marvel at God’s grace and rush to plan a spring garden.
Whatever our current situation may be, we visualize, strive for, and expect a miraculous new beginning because we are endowed with God’s spirit and trust in his enduring love. Signs of his sovereignty and majesty are all around us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Rejoice in hope!
The Bible speaks of several forms of love:
- eros – romantic attraction
- philia – brotherly love, fellowship
- agape – selfless, spiritual, unconditional
Eros involves a feeling of desire and longing that can wax and wane with changes in circumstances, perceptions and expectations. Phileo friendship also may change with the times, but agape love is endless and without bounds. Jesus personified agape love — the most noble, sacrificial love. He commands us to love others as he has loved us. Agape love is not merely a feeling, but an act of will.