Month: כ׳ בטבת ה׳תשע״ט (December 28, 2018)

There Is A Scripture 12-28-18

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My daughter and grandson are spending some time with a friend out in Colorado and so it falls to my wife and me to look after King Henry.

King Henry is a rather large cat that my daughter got for my grandson some years ago, actually for him to love on and be important to my grandson, a pet he could play with, and would be his sleeping companion. It’s all worked out that way even though this cat came from a shelter and was not with my grandson from a kitten. Every night that big fur ball sleeps, curled up right next to my grandson.

The first couple days I would go to their house at feeding time and make sure that was taken care of but he was spending the entire day and night alone. My wife would tell me to show him some attention so I said hello to him when I went in, fed him, a little scratch behind the ears and down his back, then good bye and left.

Well after a couple days we figured let’s bring him to our house for the day so he wouldn’t be lonely. And that worked… for less than a day.

Once he had explored the place it was a constant meowing and if you went towards the door he followed. Finally we figured he just wanted to be home. So one morning after I had brought him down and he started, I picked him up and took him home.

His bowls for food and water are in my grandson’s bedroom and that evening at feeding time I took his food to my grandson’s room and as I walked in the dark quiet room I realized the room had a unique smell to it. No, not cat smell. It was the scent of my grandson and just standing there for a moment it was intense to me and I thought “That’s why Henry wants to be here. The scent of his master fills this place. Here is where he is at home.”

Now cats are funny. When my grandson comes home and walks in, Henry will probably make a slow walk through the room, acknowledge my grandson’s presence with a slight turn of the head as if to say “Oh… so you finally decided to come home did you.” then walk on, but I believe, fully expecting Andrew to chase him down, pick him up and love on him. And that night when my grandson lays down and falls asleep, Henry will settle in right there next to him.

Our Master came for a time but then left us for a time. He explained,

“…I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come again, and receive you unto myself,

that where I am, there ye may be also.”   John 14:2-4 AKJV

He also said:

“I will pray the Father, and

He shall give you another Comforter,

that He may abide with you forever…

…I will not leave you comfortless;

I will come to you…”                               John 14:16,18 AKJV

The scent of our Redeemer and Father is unique. If we walk in His Word and listen to His Spirit it fills the space we are in and will, until That Day when He comes, not home but to take us home. The scent of our Master and the familiarity, comfort and assurance it gives us will have to be Presence and home enough for now, no matter where we are and by faith and sure hope, Word and Spirit, it is.

On a contrasting note, notice the difference between cats and dogs. When the master returns at the end of the day or after days away, the dog is waiting at the window dancing as the door opens, rolling submissively on their back, tail wagging the body.

“I’m so glad to see you! Pet me! Let’s play!”

I think the difference between cats and dogs is that cats may “worship” but dogs “praise and worship”. Just a thought.

Father, thank You for that of You that You have given us for now.

May Your scent fill our atmosphere.

May we watch and wait in it till You appear.

May it be a fragrance on us that comes off us and

fills the nostrils of those who have not known that scent before

and may it draw them to You.

May when You appear we be joyful in upward praise,

acknowledging, submissive, bowed and reverential, in worship, before

You, Sovereign, all powerful Master, all knowing One,

Merciful and Kind, Father and Friend.

In Yeshua’s name we pray,

Amen.

May God’s love be in us all.

Elder

Minchah Prayer 12-26-18

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Father, reshape our hearts that we might not be insensitive to, or take for granted the good that others do for us.

May we be humbled and thankful.

May we see in those kindnesses and helps towards us the character and Spirit of Yeshua who seeing our need, came to our aid, and set an example for us to follow.

May we then, strive to be like Him and do good, likewise towards others.

May You who knows and sees all be pleased and glorified.

In Yeshua’s name we pray,

Amen.

There Is A Scripture 12-21-18

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May You be glorified Father.

A few evenings ago my wife and I were watching a show on TV. One of the plots focused on a husband and wife and an outsider.

The wife had previously been sick and spent an extended period of time away in a sanitarium. There she came to be friends with the doctor who was treating her and the back story is that they had many conversations, in the course of her stay, they both enjoyed. She is back home now with her family and the everyday life of being a wife, mother, house keeper and doing a modest hair dressing business as well. The doctor comes to town the purpose being to make a final follow up on her condition and confirm all is well, but in retrospect, maybe that wasn’t the only reason.

She invites him to supper at her home to meet her family and enjoy some company and he comes. In the course of the evening the husband and two sons look on as the doctor and she carry on in very spirited and animated conversation, from time to time trying to insert a word or two but to no avail. The boys get up and go to their room leaving the husband feeling like a lone outsider. The guest leaves and the husband wants to know what’s the big deal about this guy. This leads to, she does have a mind and can think. He, the other, speaks to that and it is enjoyment for her. He, her husband of course is angered, jealous, for now evidently, he is somehow deficient. They end up turning away from each other, he wounded in pride and she resentful because what had been enjoyable for her had turned into a point of contention and questioning. The following day is the final examination. Doctor gives a good bill of health and begins to reveal his feelings for her. The moment of realization, the moment of truth, the moment of choice and without hesitation or confusion she corrects his misconception about her life and happiness.

She didn’t dwell on his thoughts about her and for her or entertain imaginings of the more fulfilling life she would experience with him, that he painted, or try to justify those thoughts by the way her husband had spoken to her. Instead she declared her love for her husband, her children and her life with them and how valuable and fulfilling that was to her. There was a part of her that had a longing and she wanted to satisfy it but turning away from the life and people she loved and who loved her to someone else was not an option. That was the truth she spoke and it silenced the man. That kind of loyalty is priceless. That kind of declaration gives life to a husband.

I don’t know. Maybe she was living in that mindset that Paul speaks of when he said “I have learned to be content regardless of circumstances….”

Maybe she saw her life as having hunger but also fullness, of having need but also abundance, of wanting and of having more than enough.

Maybe she had the presence of mind and the patience to know that her husband loved her and they would work out their mutual needs and desires between themselves.

As it turns out in this case, her husband did indeed love her and once he got over the sting of hurt pride he realized he had learned something more about his wife and used that knowledge to be a better more demonstratively loving husband to her.

Are we as husbands able to humble ourselves and accept that we don’t know everything about our spouses or maybe just aren’t thoughtful at times, and that though learning can sometimes be uncomfortable, we make a sacrifice of our pride and utilize that knowledge to help our spouses feel increasingly more fulfilled?

“And this is my prayer: that your love may more and more overflow in fullness of knowledge and depth of discernment…” Philippians 1:9 CJB.

Father, may our love grow us to fuller knowledge and deeper understanding.

May our knowledge and understanding grow and strengthen our love–

to Your glory and praise.

In Yeshua’s name we pray,

Amen.

May God’s love be in us all.

Elder.

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