Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Abigshag and Hume Lake Volleyball

Sam Talbert is our church’s resident Bible scholar and Pastor Emeritus. After retiring from the pastorate, he has continued to serve in a variety of roles, including on our elder board. Sam shared this devotional at an elder meeting recently, and I thought it was too good not to pass on.   

Throughout the Scriptures are passages that have caused me to scratch my head. One of these is II Kings 1. As you remember king David is old and near death and cannot generate enough body heat.  So, a young maiden named Abishag is hired to minister to him, even to share his bed to keep him warm.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Race

I believe I hear a distant roar
A stadium full of witnesses
Not spectators but finishers
I hope they’re cheering for me

Because I can’t even see the tape
Maybe it’s yet a mile or ten
I’ve given up on any prize
I’m not even sure I can finish

I have to loosen the straps
And shrug off this pack of distractions
Slowing me down

It’s time to strip off
This stinking tangling robe
Tripping me up

But I hear the roar
And suddenly I know
It’s for another Runner, the only real Finisher
Who carried my weight and didn’t fall

Now I quit looking for a tape
Just let me see His face
And the joy He won

And so I run
I think He’s watching for me
I pick up the pace

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Poor Fluffy

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I have a soft heart (insert your own joke here) towards pets, especially man’s best friend. I know by experience that the death of a pet brings genuine grief. My recent post about our dog’s demise will back me up on this.

I also know that some of us in the Pet Lover’s Fraternity may go a little overboard in the way we treat these furry creatures. And this is especially evident for people who are not pet people. They think we’re really weird and cannot imagine why we even put up with our animals in our home, let alone grieve for them when they're gone.

I get this perspective.