November 4, 2013

QUIETLY




for KE


Quietly you leave your mark
through time-honored faithfulness
through eager offerings to assist
through gentle suggestions.

Quietly you carry on
through rain or shine
through turmoil or smooth sailing
through sadness or joy.

Quietly you do what no one else thought of
though there is no applause
or recognition
or really anything in it for you at all.

Quietly you invite others in
through your peacefulness
through your boyish grin
through your unpretentiousness.

Quietly you look after the ones you love
through steady, everyday things
through stability in motion-filled times
through love backed up with acts of kindness.

Quietly, in strength, you live
and every day the quiet things pile up
until it is quite loud
and quite wonderful.

Quietly He watches...

     ...and smiles.

And so do we.






Photo by:  Gianna Salti



November 3, 2013

LEARNING TO ACCLAIM




"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,
who walk in the light of Your presence, O Lord."
Psalm 89:15


I was thinking about what it means to "acclaim" Him. Apparently it is something learned...and there is blessing if you do.  This wondering took me to the dictionary where I read:  

"to welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy and approval; applaud; to announce or proclaim..."

Have I intentionally welcomed Him into my day today?  Is my heart a welcoming place for His Spirit?  Is He a welcome part of my conversations and decisions?  Do I make a place for Him and welcome Him naturally into my relationships with friends, acquaintances and co-workers?

How is my saluting of Him going today? Have I given some time to "shouts and sounds of  joy and approval"?  I know how to do that when I watch a Barcelona football match!  Can I find appropriate expressions for the King of kings who has won the Match of all Time?

Have I applauded His amazing character by emulating His life of integrity today?  Have I applauded His works today?  The quiet ones, the obvious ones, the behind-the-scene ones?  Have I taken time to notice - and then to applaud?  Have I "applauded" Him to someone else?

And how am I doing today at announcing and proclaiming Him?  In words - many or few, in my listening, in my actions & responses to people and circumstances, in silent prayers, in encouraging faith-words to someone, in robust discussion with someone antagonistic about my faith, in acts of kindness on the freeway or in a line, with boldness in a social situation or quietly over coffee with a searching friend. Proclaiming Him - the One who put a seal on my heart - should be hopefully a spillover into every day as I walk with Jesus.

I want the blessing of learning to acclaim Him.  I want to walk in the light of His presence.

Don't you?




Photo by:  Bahman Farzad

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