“I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.”
— Son 5:8
Such is the language of the believer panting after present fellowship with Jesus, he is sick for his Lord. Gracious souls are never perfectly at ease except they are in a state of nearness to Christ; for when they are away from him they lose their peace. The nearer to him, the nearer to the perfect calm of heaven; the nearer to him, the fuller the heart is, not only of peace, but of life, and vigour, and joy, for these all depend on constant intercourse with Jesus. What the sun is to the day, what the moon is to the night, what the dew is to the flower, such is Jesus Christ to us. What bread is to the hungry, clothing to the naked…
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He said he was going to write a story about us. I took it seriously. Later, I found out it was. I was excited to hear that we could inspire someone to turn us into literature, even if nobody would get to read it. Maybe some stories aren’t meant to be read. The man didn’t even have a name. I asked, because I wanted to find him on the way back. He laughed at my plan and said we should come back to the village and ask anyone about the craftsman; that’s what people called him. I turned to Kevin, but he wasn’t paying attention.
‘What are you doing?’ I asked him, irritated.
‘Going through the man’s stuff, what do you think? Do you want anything?’
‘Yes, I want you to hear this.’
‘Hear what, Ava?’
‘That he plans to write about us.’
He lifted his eyes and looked…
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As our Pastor wraps up his walking us through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and as I meandered through my notes, I couldn’t resist sharing a bit from chapter four. The message of this chapter is so timely for our day, for in it he not only instructs us to “stand firm” in Christ Jesus, but also gives us the practical means to do so. A quick survey of the instruction Paul gives is what I’ve offered at ChristianBlessings in a post titled, Stand Your Ground, Pilgrim! Many prayerful thanks for and to my Pastor for his faithfulness to preach the Word… in season and (what is hastily becoming) out.
Who is gonna make it?
We’ll find out, in the long run.