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It’s Time to Sing?

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Early one crisp morning I stepped out on the back porch, coffee mug in hand. It was late February, and there was still snow on the ground. And that’s when I heard it: bird song! A male cardinal sat in our leafless butterfly bush singing his heart out–at 36 degrees Fahrenheit!

“How do you know winter’s over?” I said to him. He answered back in song–though not in English,🎶 “I don’t. I just know it’s time to establish my territory, find a mate, and build a nest.”🎶

The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk had a similar experience. Things weren’t looking too “spring like” in Judah when he cried out to God, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” –Habakkuk 1:2 (NIV)

God told the questioning prophet that even MORE trouble was coming. Jerusalem was about to be leveled by the ruthless Babylonians. But the Lord offers the beleaguered Habbakuk a timeless piece of advice: “But the righteous will live by his faith.”–Habakuk 2:4 (NIV)

At the end of the book the prophet takes God at His word. Like my cardinal friend he says–in so many syllables–even though things don’t look promising at the moment, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”— Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV).

Kind reader, a big part of faith is faithfulness–consistent obedience to God, no matter the weather. It’s time to sing!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

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When Little is Much

Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

Proverbs 15:16 (NIV)

I had a friend in grad school who came from a rather wealthy family. I’ll call him Howard, because, to middle class me, he may as well have been Howard Hughes. His parents had a cabin in the mountains and a cottage on the beach, plus a large home in a gated community. Yet my friend often spoke of his family’s unhappiness.

Howard’s father was a workaholic attorney. His mother was an alcoholic socialite. He and his three siblings lacked nothing, yet fought over everything. I’m talking knock down, drag out, hair pulling fights! Christmas at Howard’s house meant rooms full of presents but little love.

One such winter break, I invited my friend to spend part of the holiday with me at my parent’s modest home. Mom and dad were both teachers, so I wondered what Howard would think of our rather simple lifestyle. But he didn’t seem to mind.

When we took a side trip to my grandparent’s little farm, my well-heeled companion acted like he’d gone to heaven! As we walked along a tree-lined creek I commented, “Though we come from much different backgrounds, you’ve never looked down on me Howard.” “How could I?” he said. “You have the life I’ve always wanted.”

Kind reader, like me do you sometimes long for more? I was awed by Howard’s pedigree and family wealth, yet his heart ached for a life like mine–one filled with God’s love. Today, and every day, may we remember the secret of contentment in all circumstances: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”–Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

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Andy’s Coming!

The third grader’s lined up in the hallway outside my classroom like always. Their teacher turned to leave, but then quickly spun around and said, “Andy’s coming!”

Instantly, the whole class fell to the floor like a bunch of rag dolls. What in the world?!

Then it dawned on me: they were acting out a famous scene from the original Toy Story movie. The toys become lifeless whenever their young owner (Andy) comes around.

What the children did is a wonderful example of a class celebration–a mini flash mob to build camaraderie.

The whole scene brought to mind the certainty of the return of Christ, and the church’s possible reaction. How would you and I respond if the clouds parted and the trumpet sounded and someone said, “Jesus is coming!”?

It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when He comes.

Luke 12:37 (NIV)