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EXPERIENCING RENEWAL & TRANSFORMATION ON GOOD FRIDAY!

Good Friday collage created by Linda Mose Meadows

 

“Kites,rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

Sir Winston Churchhill

On Good Friday I shared reflections at St. John Episcopal Church of New Haven’s 7 Last Words “I Thirst “(John 19:28). This power packed afternoon examined Jesus Christ’s human response during a horrific crucifixion. The other esteemed participants were: The Rev. Canon George Kovoor, Dr. Grace Kim, Dr. John Hare, Mrs. Terry Hare (cellist) and Mr. Robert Messore (guitarist).

I shared a fascinating account about a young man, Kingsley who lived in the Cameroon (West Africa), resided in cramp, overrun dwellings with his family, worked as an underpaid life guard and was determined to have a better life. On his second attempt he and his family made the difficult and excruciating decision to scrape their meager earnings together and allow Kingsley to venture on to Europe. Long story short, Kingsley survived a horrific journey, several set-backs, including being stranded in the Sahara Desert and enduring an overcrowded rusty boat ride nearly capsizing! Kingsley clearly shares that his life is “very, very hard” but feels that there must be a solution for a better life.  He’s a young man in a valley depressed situation and is seeking refuge outside of his familiar surroundings.

Admittedly life’s setbacks and hardships will cause you to hang your head, bury your head in the chest of loved ones and sob. And  these occurrences may just catapult you in the hands of the wicked who intend to crucify you. Oh it’s harrowing and just possibly you end up facing a treacherous shore with a fleet of rusty boats and no life-jacket. But what does this have to do with Jesus, so glad you asked?  I believe there’s a distinct correlation with being thirsty and yearning for more of life. Yes, more choices, more freedom, more! Jesus is clear about his need and his unnerving pain. Kingsley may not have endured the pain Jesus suffered but there is a deep down desire for relief! Surely it’s not the relief which 5th Avenue and Wall Street declare is needed. But I discern that more agape love, peace, joy and encounters that keep us humbly seeking God’s grace and mercy are the order of the day.

 

CeCe Winans’ lyrics aptly describe what it means to thirst for God”:

We thirst for You, we search for You

In a dry and barren land we’re longing for Your hand

To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain

Baptize us once again we thirst for You

We thirst for You, we search for You

In a dry and barren land we’re longing for Your hand

To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain

Baptize us once again we thirst for You

Oh Lord, we are waiting

Let Your river flow

Come flood our hearts again

Quench our thirsty souls

We thirst for You, we search for You

In a dry and barren land we’re longing for Your hand

To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain

Baptize us once again we thirst for You

Oh Lord, we are waiting

Let Your river flow

Come flood our hearts again

Quench our thirsty souls

We thirst for You, we search for You

In a dry and barren land we’re longing for Your hand

To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain

Baptize us once again we thirst for You

We thirst for You, we search for You

In a dry and barren land we’re longing for Your hand

To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain

Baptize us once again we thirst for You

We thirst for You, we search for You

In a dry and barren land we’re longing for Your hand

To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain

Baptize us once again we thirst for You

 http://www.songlyrics.com/cece-winans/thirst-for-you-lyrics/#o3Eep0s2HsMz2tRb.99

Thank God there are power packed scriptures that remind us how to quench our spiritual thirst:

John 4:14 (ESV) 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[a] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

John 7:37 (ESV) Rivers of Living Water 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.

 

Isaiah 44:3 (ESV) 3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,    and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,    and my blessing on your descendants.

 

John 19:28 (ESV) The Death of Jesus 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”

 

John 7:38 (ESV) 38 Whoever believes in me, as[a] the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

 

Lessons Jesus Teaches When He Utters “I Thirst.”

Endurance-we must have endurance and not give up or give in! Endure hardships, calamity, tests, even exposure for the world to scrutinize. Jesus remained on the cross, the scriptures were fulfilled because of his obedience. We should thank God for Jesus having an obedient spirit! What often appears and finality is not entire story. Your triumphant moment is yet to be revealed. As He endured the suffering and shame on Good Friday, Easter morning was on the horizon. On lookers could only see what they saw.

Prayer- Jesus teaches us to remain steadfast and in a posture of prayer. Surrender your will, even when faced with righteous indignation, surrender! Whisper in faint tones, cry out if you must-especially when we are facing desert experiences, it’s essential that we thirst for more of God. Seek Him through studying the word of God. Don’t know what to pray, pray the scripture, use those very words when you need direction. More of Him and less of _____________            ( you complete the sentence).  The divine Jesus is draped in humanity audibly expressing a real need to be rescued! This simple petition with the life altering sentiment states “I thirst!”

Drink- In other words, “Lord I need you to save me right now!” Remember Jesus’ words to the woman at the well in John 4:14 ESV 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[a] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus “the bread of heaven”, the giver of life needs a lifeline! He goes directly to the source. Mimic that and be assured that God knows what’s happening to you.

Remain Humble- Jesus has modeled for us bold humility! He didn’t operate in his might to obliterate all those that betrayed and him, instead he remained suffocating and drowning in his own blood, body sagging from the pull, weight and gravity of a mean, cruel life experience. The enormity at that moment was more than his body, soul and spirit could sustain! Heaven must have wept for our crucified Lord & Savior.

Acknowledge Your Fears-Jesus demonstrates for us that fear is natural but we must not allow it to navigate our decisions. And more importantly not to grumble when the world gives us sour grapes!! It’s prophetic indeed in Psalm 69:21 “They gave me poison for food and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.” And I recall Jesus stating in John 6:51 ESV ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Be Transformed & Enjoy The Living Water-And finally brothers and sisters in Christ we can partake in our transformation and declare that: “When you/ [insert your name] pass through the waters, [Jesus] will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

And why is that? Because God has a plan to prosper and not harm you! Jeremiah 29:11 assures me of all of this. Kingsley reaches his destination, weary and warn but he makes it! Surely you can too! Thirsty, go on friends drink up!

Transformed by the Love of God, Linda Mose Meadows; Blogger, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Author of: Destined To Receive: Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Createspace, 2013) and Blessedness of Believing  A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, 2007) 

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IMMANUEL, THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!

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                      “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23 New International Version

 It’s a magical time of year whether you reside in Suncity, South Africa; Tempee, Arizona; Vancouver, Canada or Buffalo, New York. It has not so much to do with the temperature, location, arid or blistering heat but everything to do with embarking upon another Holy Christmas season and freely receiving the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ, Immanuel. Truly it doesn’t get any better!

Oh come, Oh come Immanuel, we sang this song with such excitement. It seems at every turn there it was! Especially when Christmas caroling and then as a closing or an opening hymn during our Sunday worship services the message was clear it was about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. And yes-proclaiming peace on earth and goodwill towards all! How we love baking our delectable cookies, trimming our trees and decorating our homes as we are singing happily Oh Come, Oh Come Immanuel!  Secular radio stations have even caught on and play it on R & B stations. It’s that miraculous, holy time of year and all can freely express that Immanuel means: “God with us!” Now that does give me a special reassuring comfort! What about you?

Our spirits can proclaim that God is with us in our unpredictable ups and downs; God is even there during the most perplexed life chapters! God is with us in our celebrations, as well as our silent seasons. Friends, believe that God is forever present!

 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

Psalm 144:2 NIV

 One of the absolute best Christmas gifts given to you was what? Something that made your heart skip a beat, a piece of clothing you felt you couldn’t do without? That art piece which absolutely tugged at your heart? Possibly it was a handmade creation, a treasured trinket, a one of a kind toy, the tin can of heavenly baked goodies, or the phone call from a friend you longed to reconnect with or was it the gathering of loved ones reminiscing and their laughter filling the room?  I don’t know? But I recall the Kodak slogan: “The gift that keeps on giving.” That’s the gift I truly long for! The material (admittedly) and but certainly the supernatural! It’s a spiritual re-gifting of sorts that provides all my friends and family with an infilling of love, peace and joy when the sweater is too snug and the goodies have been gobbled up. I AM with you gift, why not receive a living water gift that we didn’t have to be stampeded over during Black Friday or risk experiencing our computers being hacked into on Cyber Monday because we choose not to shop at the mall!

Are you in search of the perfect treasure to share? Imagine it’s already in your presence, in your spirit, in your speech, in your essence! It’s a thanksgiving, a spiritual rumbling, the voice within that is ignited in prayer which connects us with a divine source, Emmanuel-in us! Oh my friends it’s easier than reaching for the light switch! It’s forever with us! God is listening and awaiting the attentive, the loving, the longing you! The you with the hungry parched spirit! He’s awaiting your surrendered heart & soul! And does He ever have a heartfelt conversation for you!

It’s your call! Come timidly or boldly! Reach out to Him in a whispered petition, an audible plea, or maybe in a silent moment-sacred devotional, a broken bow, or an exhilarating breath, an utterance of: “Lord I know you are with me!” Come with a declaration: “Lord I am weak, worn-out and tried-but you are strong! Help me, save me, guide me!”

It’s the soul awakening moment that acknowledges that our God is all the present we need to share-we need to receive! Think of God’s love, His gift as a divine package that resembling ornate, stacked gift boxes containing a three in one blessing-the Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Ghost with instructions designed to propel, mend and sustain you! And the really good news is when we may not have an overflowing bank account or the energy to purchase gifts which will be long forgotten or appreciated, we can look to the hills from where our help comes from!

Let’s declare that Jesus Christ is the ultimate gift that can be had by all, no matter what’s in our Christmas Club Accounts! Be sure to include celebrating Jesus in your gift giving. Merry Christmas!

 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23 New International Version

  

Praise Him, Praise Him!

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing, A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/ 

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/  

God Moves in a Mysterious Way!

 Storm over ocean by  Diana Aldrich

  From the ends of the earth,

I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. 

Lead me to the towering rock of safety,  Psalm 61:2

Is this not the most beautiful storm photography you’ve ever seen? This photo makes me appreciate that from where we stand in a storm depends upon our perspective of things, wouldn’t you agree! Our perspective and anticipated outlook do a waltz. Our heart and mind commingle and one finally succumbs to the other. It really becomes the battle of the wills. Good storm, bad storm-choose! The thought of experiencing a storm is daunting. Our most recent Super Storm Sandy packed a punch that recovery efforts are staggering from. Lives have been lost and perspectives forever changed. Ask folks what matters now and surely you’ll receive a variety of responses. And for those that have lived through and recovered from hellish storms or a series of storms we may be “weather” weary; but what of the outcome? If you are reading this more than likely you survived, wouldn’t you say? Or just maybe we are riding it out!

As Aretha Franklin says, “It can break you or it can make,…you hold the power!”  From this view and this height we are victorious, and possibly not too beat up, unscathed if you will. But I’d like to think the storm moved out and possibly away from our vicinity. (Not always the case though! ) This view possibly represents our insight and/or perspective which now because of personal experience it assures us that we have lived to share the story!

This awe inspiring photography uplifts my spirit. I saw this on Pinterest and thought to myself, “Is this how God envisions our storms?” But what is our take, our perspective on this storm? Captivating or dreadful, depending upon our experience and mindset it can very well consume us? Just remember:

We don’t have a testimony, if we don’t testify!

We can’t be a victor if you haven’t known what it is to overcome a battle!

We can’t understand joy and/or pain if the experience is foreign!

We can’t share that Jesus is a deliverer if we haven’t known, nor recognized his compassion and life saving measures!

The more I read about the goodness of the Lord and am touched by His presence through a helping hand, a life affirming word or heartfelt gesture(s)-the clearer my understanding is  about storms serving a purpose in the particular unsettling seasons of our lives. Surely they will come, but now I am inclined to draw nearer to the Divine source, instead of cowering in fear. We can trust that during our most heart wrenching storms God will not abandon us. It’s a fact that if I’m in relationship with Him-the Holy Spirit that we can make it because “Greater is He that is in [us] than, He that is in the world!” I John 4:4

Truly He can handle what we are helpless to manage. Yes, our storms  (mental, psychological, financial, emotional, physical, relational, spiritual and natural…you name it!) sometimes seem to level us and knock us for a loop; can instead erect another stepping stone and not a road block to reaching our destiny. Later we’ll come to appreciate that the Lord had every thing under control.

Look at the tranquil water surrounding the stormy clouds and rain. The water is absolutely beautiful.  Grasp the reality that despite the natural circumstances there is a  divine, calming water surrounding us, think about that! Our life jackets are our help-the Holy Spirit and Holy Scripture, the life sustaining words written “in spirit and in truth!” John 4:24

I encourage you to discover insightful links and scriptures that address overcoming storms and remember there’s power in prayer! Trust in the Lord and Lean not on your own understanding! Proverbs 3:5

 Let’s keep a song in our heart, yes a song of thanksgiving! Be not afraid that:

   1. God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.

2. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill 

He treasures up His bright designs And works His sovereign will.

 3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy and shall break In blessings on your head.

 4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

5. His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.

6.  Blind unbelief is sure to err. And scan His work in vain; God is His own interpreter, And He will make it plain.

 

 http://www.scriptureandmusic.com/Music/Text_Files/God_Moves_In_A_Mysterious_Way.html

 

Praise Him, Praise Him!

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing, A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises

ROOTED IN LOVE

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Ephesians 3:17-19 (NLT)


I just can’t shake it, it’s been several days since I witnessed what I believe was blatant self-centeredness, no regard for others. It made my heart ache as I witnessed this person’s oblivion to the folks that he was connected to.

No, I am not a clinician or counselor, but like you if we observe a situation long enough there are some astute conclusions that we do quickly arrive at. Discerning spirits is what I ‘d like to think we have. My elders might call it “plain nosey”, I label it “concern”.

Now this is no indictment against those that take care of self , look out for their own needs, but disregarding others feelings, emotions and needs for the sake of self (I argue)is a horse of another color. Alright I’ll get to it.

After shopping for a few grocery items, I agreed to meet my friend in the photo section of Walmart. I think you will agree that on any given Saturday, Walmart is jumping, there’s lots of momentum. That wasn’t part of my morning plan, but I obliged my friend and agreed to go. And who can’t pass up a great bargain on fruit and veggies! I eventually found my way to the Photo Department and there was my friend studiously positioned at the monitor and diligently, very meticulously selecting her many photos. She wanted to clear out her SD card and create room on her camera disc for future photos. “Good idea”, I thought. I need to get busy doing the same. As I leaned in to examine her selections, I could not help but to stop look at my surroundings in astonishment. Folks were intently shopping. A woman in a clown outfit was riding by on a bicycle collecting donations for the needy. Folks were enjoying their shopping experience.

Activities were all a buzz. People were moving about, children were skipping and the cash registers were filling.

Then I noticed a young girl in the shopping cart (much too tall for that seat), slumped but quietly sitting. What I believe were her two brothers, stood nearby and were more animated, chatting and enjoying one another’s company. They did not disturb anything, but curiously moved about. They remained a safe distance-not too far from their mother who scanned an old family photo. I stretched my neck to see what appeared to be a rather worn photo from “back in the day” as we might stay. Not sure if the discolored photo previously hung on the wall or possibly was rediscovered in an aged photo album? It was obvious that it was an important family treasure. It appeared that the grandmother was also present for this outing. Her smile indicated that the she appreciated the technology of reproducing the photo and the young woman’s skill at operating the scanner.

I later observed the grandmother’s gait, her walking seemingly uneasy but determined. She dragged her stiff leg as she confidently pushed the shopping chart with the little girl ,which I bet could have sprinted down the aisles with no effort. I imagined they had a very special bond. But prior to that a young man approached them eating a hot dog draped with his favorite condiments. The young woman, said in a dissatisfied tone,

“You always manage to get lost.”

“ You’ve been gone a long time.”

In a sheepish, and not so apologetic tone, I heard the reply which expressed his disconnection and unconcern.

“I was just talking to some people I knew.”

Observing each of the youngsters, it was apparent he wasn’t interested, not invested in this young woman’s opinion as he ate his hot dog. He never missed a morsel, made no eye contact and never offered the children, the women a bite, nor suggested that they to come with him to purchase a snack. The children looked hungrily as he indulged.

The little girls stare succumbed to an averted glance downward, and what I surmised was a pitiful, but futile longing. What must she be thinking? The little boys tried very hard not to look directly at the young man as he lifted and the gobbled down the last bite of the hot dog. I began to feel bad, I was internalizing their disappointment, their pain and wondered why? Wondered what must their home dynamics be like.

So many things raced through my mind about a father’s love. A father’s love that crosses over a gene pool, reaches back-instilled from generations long gone and calls children that are not from his own loins “mine.” These blessed men that demonstrate a love that hungrily wants to make others feel good, feel validated, included and cared for are treasured! They have deposited love and have made a remarkable impact for healthier living! I earnestly wanted to yell , “What are you thinking?” And then I realized, he wasn’t! He didn’t have a clue or the unthinkable was that he didn’t care.For him it was just another occasion to wander off and think about self! He must not have known a loving father figure, a man with a forthright character that modeled unselfishness. Maybe he did? Who cared for him and others? Unfortunately on this occasion, he flunked the Are You Rooted In Love test miserably! It took a small gesture to demonstrate love! He could have done something differently or possibly said, “Later we’ll get a treat”, if his finances were low.  But friends the good news is, it’s not too late for the multitude of others and  this young man-he can have a change of heart on the next go round! Change his mind, his way of operating in the world and most importantly allow a new form of love and reverence reside in his home, in his heart!

Where are the young versions of Daddy Wahab, Uncle Leonard, Father Ned, Big Daddy, Papa Bailey, Gramps, Uncle William, Brother Sam, Cousin Melvin,  Mr. Jim? All these wonderful men that defy the stereotypes, and knew or learned how to love genuinely! We yearn for more of your love! Come forth and hurry young men, Lord knows we need you to lead by example. The families need you, the children miss you! We are praying for all the hungry (love starved), overlooked little children. We all need you to nurture and care for us! Help us to build each other up and cultivate relationships that are rooted in love!  We are praying anew! God is waiting to guide you!

~Prayer ~

Lord help us to be mindful of not only ourselves, but others.Help us to yearn for it! To get it: humbleness, faithfulness and to harbor love. To grab hold of consideration and gain a new level of comfort as we endeavor to model it-model love and spread it on thick like we do when we indulge ourselves.

Help us Lord to see the needs of others, to value them and believe that we too will have our needs met and love reciprocated.

Help us Jesus to remember that we are yours and you are ours! You’ll always support us in doing your will.

We bind anything that is contrary to your design for our lives. And to loose hearts of thanksgiving because we are rooted in your divine love! We’ll forever continue to give you the honor, praise and glory! Forever and ever.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen!


Sharing With Great Joy,

Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly & Empower Magazine  Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine

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WHOEVER DRINKS THE WATER



“But whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again.

The water that I will give him will become a well of water for him, springing up to eternal life.”
NISV John 4:14




What an amazing gift to receive, nothing in a box to tinker with, no instructions to decode, misplace and then locate in our clutter baskets and kitchen cabinet drawers! Not a gift to dust, or safely secure so that it isn’t tampered with or like a fine piece of porcelain displayed in our bellowed china cabinets, but instead a gift of empowered life! Oh my friends this wonderful gift alters the course of our life and beckons us to stop what we are doing, to abandon our entangled lifestyles. These words Jesus spoke induct us! It’s a pronouncement of relief and serenity for a provision of eternal life.


Yes my friends that’s what this living is all about, this reflective Lenten season ushers us into the remembrance of some very promising words! Jesus spoke to a woman hiding out from her potential, stuck in dead-end and defeated relationships that smothered and hurt but to now instead embrace new possibilities of hope. Her encounter with Jesus was the hallmark for her experiencing eternal life not a temporal existence but on a permanent basis!


Friends let me encourage you to meet God at your personal wells, your places of trials, discomforts and ambivalences.


Trust that He already knows all about what concerns you. Let humility erect your truth with your words, underneath your words. Yes, He’s a prayer away, alive in the scriptures and in the language of love! Go on let Jesus show you yourself, but more importantly build a bridge to our all wise, all loving all, all knowing Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ! See you at the well!



Words To Encourage Our Hearts from:
Linda Mose Meadows
Blogger (Celebrating Ordinary Days With Extraordinary Promises, The Blessedness of Believing ) Inspirational Author (The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing), Urban Views Weekly & Empower Magazine Columnist and Co-Editor of Eyes of Faith Magazine

MEET YOU AT THE WELL: HAVING A HEART-TO-HEART WITH JESUS!





Change and Transformation by Father Earnest Graham

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

John 4: 13,14

Reference Scripture: John 4:1-26 (New International Version, ©2011)

All of our lives we’ve heard words, words that have molded, shaped, prompted and prodded us to either to be at a standstill or words that literally gave us wings to soar. Not long ago I received an amazing gift from Ann Meyer, I think of it as a welcome gift to St. Martin’s Administrative Team. This gift was an unexpected literary treasure entitled Guerrillas of Grace-Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder (see inside front cover).

Listen to Me Under My Words

O God, I come to you now

Asa child to my Mother,

Out of the cold which numbs into the warm who cares.

Listen to me inside,

Under my words

Where the shivering is,

In the fears

Which freeze my living,

In the angers

Which chafe my attending,

In the doubts

Which chill my hoping,

In the events

Which shrivel my thanking,

In the pretenses

Which stiffen my loving.

Listen to me, Lord

As a Mother

And hold me warm,

And forgive me.

Soften my experiences

Into wisdom,

My pride

Into acceptance,

My longing

Into trust,

And soften me

Into love

And to others

And to you

Maybe it was the Holy Spirit, maybe it was just a woman of God that sensed I would benefit tremendously from an inspirational book, or just possibly it was our preceding conversation about the office atmosphere that lovingly erects ministry and insulates joy, peace and caring! I don’t know, but I do know that when I read, I began to include this gift of prayers as part of my work day devotional, the words of the prayers scaled my heart matters and reminded me of how sacred my relationship is with God. It’s not taken lightly. So I easily connected with the prayer Listen to Me Under My Words. And really appreciate how God helped make the prayer so relevant to John 4.

So as I read John 4: 1-26 I appreciated the Samaritan woman’s frank and direct conversation had with Jesus. She attempted to earnestly converse. What really seemed apparent for me was that while she spoke, there were deeper issues- layers of words under her words which revealed her disappointment, her outlook, and ultimately her humility. Her sarcasm and loneliness were no stumbling block for Jesus’s replies. Her quizzical nature couldn’t stump or thwart the reality that what Jesus desired for her far outweighed her reality! She had stumbled upon a moment in time that changed her and many generations later to come! She visited the well at a strategic time that God had divinely orchestrated. Jesus’ words of life would become a wellspring to be reinvigorated, renewed and experience transformed natural and spiritual living! Let’s make our way with haste to that well! Don’t you want to go?

Published in Lent Devotional (The Journey to Surrender) 2011 Lenten @ St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

Revived & Overjoyed!

Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/

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