Posts from July 2021

Posts from July 2021

Ichabod

“As her death approached, the women who stood by her said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid, for you have given birth to a son.’ But she did not respond or pay attention. She named the boy Ichabod and said, ‘The glory has departed from Israel.’” I Samuel 4:20-21 EHV This sad story comes from among other sad stories at a sad time in the history of God’s Old Testament people. A mother died in childbirth. On the same day, the…

Just Words

“Father, forgive them…”  Luke 23:34 We were taught the words when we were very young. Grownups asked, “What do you say?” We replied, “Please.” Again, they asked, “What do you say?” Then, we answered, “Thank you.” They were teaching us. We also learned when to say, “I’m sorry.” They were like magic words. “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” opened the doors to approval and acceptance. Say those words, and life goes smoother. After a while, we discovered that we…

Jesus Wasn’t Worried

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:37, 38) It was a traumatic event. Lives were in peril on the sea—on the Sea of Galilee. Some in the boat were experienced seamen. They knew when it was time to be afraid. They felt, “That…

Skipping Thanksgiving

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17 It appears that America is going to skip thanksgiving. No, not that day in November which is spelled with a capital “T” and celebrated with turkey and pumpkin pie. But the giving of thanks to the one who has presented a gift. The gift in question is the rather rapid discovery of vaccines that are effective against Covid-19. The giver of the gift is God. Indeed,…

Proper Pride

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people (Proverbs 14:34). The 4th of July has often led people to feel, if not to say out loud, “I’m proud to be an American.” We recognize that many see the day only as an excuse to eat watermelon and watch fireworks. However, those who have worn the Uniform, especially those who have worn it in distant and dangerous places, tend to celebrate Independence Day on a different level.…