Isaiah 1:18-19 ESV “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;”
This word “reason” seems to elude the mind and heart like a summer breeze that caught a leaf! 🍂Where did it go? Or, a beautiful butterfly that flutters in sight and out of sight with the same speed.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NRSV
“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And, if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.…”Galatians 3:27-29
Be a promise! Be a possibility! “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” I Corinthians 4:20
“You are a promise🎶
You are a possibility
You are a promise with a capital “p”
You are a great big bundle of potentiality
And if you’ll listen, you’ll hear God’s voice
And if you’re trying, he’ll help you make the right choices
You’re a promise to be anything he wants you to be”🎶 (Gaithers)
17 thoughts on “Come, Sit, Reason and Chat”
Gary and I had a chair chat tonight and wondered how we could be more compassionate and show it In the midst of so much conflict our nation is facing. Our thoughts seem to turn toward a parable we have so often recounted and yet it seemed as thou it was just written.
A few hours later my Bible App pointed me to the parable again. Maybe we can have a chair chat and find some meaning for our part in today’s pain for so very many.
In Luke 10, “Jesus tells the story of a Samaritan man who helps a wounded Jew. At this point in time, years of tension had led to a centuries-long conflict between Jews and Samaritans.
But instead of letting the Jew die on the side of the road, the Samaritan stopped what he was doing, noticed the man’s pain, and went out of his way to help. The Samaritan showed compassion and empathy…when nobody else would.
Then, Jesus ends this parable by telling His followers, “You, go and do likewise.”
In a world filled with conflict and hardship, how do we actively live out Jesus’ words in a way that is helpful?
Sara, this blog is chocked full of things to “Come, Sit, Reason and Chat” about!! And from the picture I can see that you have created such an inviting and lovely spot for us to join you.
You quoted: “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:”
I had to take some time to break down the words in this part to try to get the impact of what is being said.
My word search indicated that ‘Come’ was defined as: “to approach or move toward a particular person or place”.
That sounds like a call to action as you stated, “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk”…
And the invitation to “come now” stresses an expediency; like don’t waste any time in coming.
‘Together’ was defined as: “taken or considered collectively or conjointly; into or in union, proximity, contact, or collision, as two or more things”. It sounds like we are being told to consider others in this invitation and even the others that we may have had a collision with.
And ‘reason’ was defined as: ”to think or argue in a logical manner; to form conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises; the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic; think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.”
Sara, you said, “This word “reason” seems to elude the mind and heart like a summer breeze that caught a leaf! 🍂Where did it go?”
When I look at the definitions of reason, I can see that it takes much effort and work to ‘reason’, whether the ability to reason is a gift or a carefully cultivated skill or a combination of both.
“Where did it go?” Well maybe, when anger rose up within; or self-centeredness absorbed us; or shame made us hide; or deception caused confusion and blindness (and the list goes on and on…) reasoning became an impossibility.
Yet, if someone lacks the ability to reason, then perhaps it would be wise to be willing to try to find someone else who is able to reason and then listen to them with an open mind and heart…just like the Gaither’s song:
“And if you’ll listen, you’ll hear God’s voice
And if you’re trying, he’ll help you make the right choices”
Then I can see the impossibility becoming a ‘possibility”.
Sara, with your gift and skill of reasoning, you have woven so much together in this blog to “Come, Sit, Reason and Chat” about. I am glad that there is an empty chair to sit in for awhile!
Beautiful place to sit and chat, in the picture above. I know your neighbors enjoy the chance to sit and enjoy God’s beauty for a while. 🪑🌷💐🌸🌻🌞🐿🐶🦋🐩🐇. Sara, you have a beautiful place for hurting people to take a break and rest a while, in the Lord. Thanks for showing, sharing, and demonstrating how there are ways to demonstrate the love of Jesus, in these most difficult times in our country and around the world.🙏
Debi and Tammy, thanks for stopping by and joining in our chair chats here. And, just think we don’t need a mask to share here.
Debi reminded me this week of how we started our blog here 2020…I checked it out this am…. “Set Sail in 2020.” (My goal) Set your finest dining table and invite others in. A friend told me she was desiring community last week and she set sail. She invited three friends for dinner and asked them to each bring a guest not a pie or sugar cookie. (Acknowledging not an easy feat for them) She saw community in this because she knew it would be various cultures, ages and interest. She showcased a beautiful yet simple table. I saw pint jars with a few garden flowers. They were grocery store bundles as cold and snow in her area was not quite ready to yield to blooms. Her husband gave freely to prepare the food and then slipped away to prepare his sails. This new community start-up left them all feeling invigorating and hopeful…”
January 2020 we saw a vision but as visions go we see and understand with the knowledge we have knowing new will occur. And, new has occurred in ways many of us could never, ever have imagined from our safety perches.
Most of us as believers in Christ Jesus and His love for all discovered our table settings come in so many forms of beauty. Think on this table, “He has prepared a table before us in the presence of our enemies,,,” ( Psalm 23) Our enemy may be a Covid-19 pandemic and other. Yet, if we follow the guidelines in our blog scriptures we have been prepared to be part of table fellowship for such a time as this. Not a sugar cookie (and I’m a cookie lover) but a gathering in of all that desire to come to the table. Hallelujah to the King of Kings,
“Most of us as believers in Christ Jesus and His love for all discovered our table settings come in so many forms of beauty. Think on this table, “He has prepared a table before us in the presence of our enemies,,,”
Sara, as I thought more on what you shared above and about the “Samaritan man who helps a wounded Jew…” It seemed he must have been a reasoning man who was able to reason in his heart and mind.
He may never have heard that, ““There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” But, somehow he must have known and seen that a “table” had been “prepared before” him in the “presence” of his enemy.
As you wrote, Sara, “And, new has occurred in ways many of us could never, ever have imagined from our safety perches.” He had something new set in front of him. He made a choice to participate in this table setting… “table settings come in so many forms of beauty.”
You told us, Sara that your friend “showcased a beautiful yet simple table.” It looks like this Samaritan did also. He did not have flowers in pint vases, but he had bandages, oil, wine, a donkey and money to pay the innkeeper to take care of the robbed and beaten-up Jew. He did not view him as trash, expendable or hopeless. He must have seen him as “You are a promise🎶 You are a possibility”.
It is encouraging to see that God knew and greatly used what tools the Samaritan had to serve at his table, and that he was “willing and obedient”, as Sara wrote above. Looks like both people at the table, the Samaritan and the Jew, ate “the good of the land”.
Debi I take from your overview we are to respect one another. 🌻
Respect. Sara, that’s a great word to sum things up. You really put things in perspective and give the word ‘respect’ hands, feet and action…more than mere talk as you quoted, “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
In this definition I looked up respect means: “due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others” and regard can mean: “a protective interest : CARE”.
Thanks for illustrating what respect really means.
Come, Sit, Reason and Chat…early morning birds love to sing, talk and enjoy one another. They seem to have a way to awaken the heart of God in nature and those that sit awhile and enjoy the sound while gazing upon their beauty and the chair perch each tiny one finds for their “Sit, Reason, and Chat“.
While the singing birds calmed my thoughts of anxiety of what will the streets of America bring today and fearful to find out what may have happened during the night (black Lives matter) their tune awaken and reminded me of a news story to sing and hum as I chair sit, pray and chat with the birds.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.”
—Isaiah 40:28-29 (NRSV)
Yes, as Debi said, “this blog is chocked full of things to “Come, Sit, Reason and Chat” about. Reason seems elusive in this season of the USA. As I listened to my pastor’s sermon he said, “People don’t want to listen and really hear what each other are saying (reason together) in this day.
With farther thinking of reasoning, I think of “come to the table”. Looking up the phrase it says it is to meet in order to negotiate or discuss how to resolve a particular issue or situation. If we can just get both sides to come to the table. Spiritually have we taken a Jesus chair and Jesus’s table. In our journey on this earth have we already taken a Jesus chair and as we walk with Him do we seek to know Him? Do we seek Him in Hiis Instruction book, “the Bible”, Do we sit in a chair he has prepared for us and listen to His still, quiet voice to challenge us, encourage us, and tell us how to pray and do for others? Do we look at all He has created for us and given including His giftings to us and praise and give God all the glory? Do we enjoy a relationship with Him? Sit awhile with Him and learn and listen and share your beginning journey.
As Sara Is pictured above in a peaceful garden, she waits to fellowship with you,to speak wisdom words from the “the Bible” and how Jesus has work in her journey to bring joy and peace through it all. Yes, She brings laughter and shares her gifting from Jesus. You can take a Jesus seat. Smile in the peace and joy of Jesus’s Words as she speaks. Her joy will fill you as she shares her journey with Jesus as she has and continues to lean upon Him. Billy Graham said, “JOY” depends on God. Happiness vanished when life turns painful; joy keeps going and may even grow. Joy comes from a life of submission to the Holy Spirit – regardless of circumstances.
Zach Williams has written a song I titled, “To the Table”.
Hear the voice of love that’s calling
There’s a chair that waits for you
And a Friend who understands
Everything you’re going through
But you keep standing at a distance
In the shadow of your shame
There’s a light of hope that’s shining
Won’t you come and take your place
And bring it all to the table
There’s nothing He ain’t seen before
For all your fear, all your sorrow and your sadness
There’s a Savior and He calls
Bring it all to the table
He can see the weight you carry
The fears that hold your heart
But through the cross you’ve been forgiven
You’re accepted as you are
So bring it all to the table
There’s nothing He ain’t seen before
For all your trials, all your worries and your burdens
There’s a Savior and He calls
Bring it all to the table
Bring it all
1 Corinthians 10: 21-31
As you take all your sins to Jesus and ask forgiveness of all those sins which He
already has paid the price you owe, you are redeemed. You become a frIend of Jesus. You change seats. You are now in the Jesus seat in which He begins to change you and like the beginnings of a new building the beginning of the structure of your life changes into a beautiful structure whom Jesus, the builder, is the structural engineer.
Verse 21 says “You cannot drink of cup of the Lord and the cup cup of demons (Sin)
You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.”.
Which chair do you choose to sit down in? Jesus chair or Satan chair?
The chair you choose determines which table you sit for now and for eternity.
Rena a song with words of hope for all that will come to the table. May those that sit at the table be the light that Zack Williams writes about. We are to be a light so those that cone to the table will glorify Our Father which is in heaven. 🎼🎤
As I read the song and what Rena wrote above and the comments Sara wrote about light, I wanted to read more on Light. So, I went to one of my favorite books about light that Sara wrote, “Throwing Your Light Forward”. Interestingly, this light book is about different kinds of human interactions and relationships…all kinds…beneficial, congenial, close, distant, strained, destructive, etc. etc. And yet they are all connected in some way to light, or lack of it.
Light was defined in this book as: “something that makes visible or affords illumination. spiritual illumination or awareness, enlightenment. (Webster). “We read that there is “THE TRUE LIGHT – In the Book of John we find Jesus depicted by the Apostle as “light and Life” being the essence of the incarnate Word which is God. This Light came into the world to enlighten the human conscience to allow a relationship with God.”
Then on the other hand, we read about lack of light or darkness. “The word is used literally for physical darkness and metaphorically for spiritual, moral, and intellectual darkness. The darkness arises from error, ignorance, disobedience, willful blindness, and rebellion. Darkness is an evil system absolutely opposed to the Light.”
We are provided an illustration of a candlestick holder with a connected group of many lit candles and a quote that I think connects to what Sara said in her prior comment. “We are to be a light so those that come to the table will glorify Our Father which is in heaven.” The quote for the illustration is by Robert Louis Stevenson and says: “Punch holes in your darkness.”
I always appreciate book reviews. Nice u to o come to the table of fellowship and learn the skill of living by God’s power as Paul wrote:
“Be a promise! Be a possibility!”… “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” I Corinthians 4:20
“Punch some holes” if we keep those three words active throughout our day wonder what our thoughts would be when we lay our heads to rest on our pillow at night to rest?
“Punch some holes” if we keep those three words active throughout our day wonder what our thoughts would be when we lay our heads to rest on our pillow at night to rest?”
I think our thoughts may be peace, thankfulness/gratitude; appreciation that we have been able to be a part/do our part in “table fellowship”.
How do we do this? I think we have some good advice from Sara above, “Yet, if we follow the guidelines in our blog scriptures we have been prepared to be part of table fellowship for such a time as this.“
Thanks Debi for reminders of daily Spiritual duties to; “Punch holes in darkness,”…My daily garden chat as it slowly rains upon our chairs with this beautiful tree above our heads. Yes, sun umbrellas ☔️ protect our papers and reading and study catch special moments of delight. I invite all to study along.
This particular thought of teaching below comes from another teacher I met in my NM travels. He is giving his Devotional based on writings from these *writings which we can study on line, buy, etc. *The writings were written so early in time they are a bit more than difficult for me to follow. But, when scholars ready, study and allow us a peek into thought of that time in history which spot light the NOW I say WOW! Punch away. Be sure to check out the referenced scriptures.
“When Jesus and John’s Gospel used the term “the world,” they did not mean the earth, creation, or civilization, which Jesus clearly came to love and save (see John 12:47). They were referring to idolatrous systems and institutions that are invariably self-referential and “always passing away” (see 1 Corinthians 7:31). Francis of Assisi and St Clare Of Assisi showed us it is possible to change the system not by negative attacks (which tend to inflate the ego), but simply by quietly moving to the side and doing it better!“ *2
* “Francis and Clare: The Complete Works (Revised)
by Francis of Assisi, St. Clare of Assisi, Regis J. Armstrong (Editor), Ignatius C. Brady (Translator)
Francis (c. 1182-1226) and Clare (c. 1193-1254) together shaped the spirituality of early 13th-century Europe. Here for the first time in English are their complete writings, brought together in one volume.“
Thanks for sharing the teachings you gleaned in your travels.
I thought of the many St Francis statues I have seen that depict him surrounded by animals indicating his incredible love and understanding of the “earth, creation, or civilization, which Jesus clearly came to love”.
The writings the teacher shared are so valuable for the atmosphere of today.
“Francis of Assisi and St Clare Of Assisi showed us it is possible to change the system not by negative attacks (which tend to inflate the ego), but simply by quietly moving to the side and doing it better!“
St Francis and St Clare seem to be great examples of what you wrote above, Sara: “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
It also reminded me of one of your quotes from your book,“Dance of Healing”: “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit –you choose.”
Debi, this quote from my studies, “Francis of Assisi and St Clare Of Assisi showed us it is possible to change the system not by negative attacks (which tend to inflate the ego), but simply by quietly moving to the side and doing it better!“
Gave me a reminder that I have a moral compass. An ethic some might call a Christian or Jesus ethic. That body of inner Hope spring forth life Eternal is not a fable.
I’v been tested often on this code by various people. One that I’m looking at right at this moment is a neighbor that finds parking his various vehicles right in front of my home. It blocks my view from my porch and my windows. I never, or hardly ever park anything on street there because it also hinders other neighbors from backing out safely and having room to drive through. Does he have room at his home? Yes! Did he park a work truck there for over a year under my shade tree for days at a time? Yes? Does he have legal right to park on street? I guess so? IDK!
Does he wave, speak, say hope you all enjoy my vehicles and my presences only feet away from where you sit to chat? Nope? Does he mention the glorious gardens we have? Nope? Does he have a return gift of nice, kind words like pretty yard? Nope?
Now, does moving aside and showing him how to make a beautiful yard and pray for him and his family help change the system, temperature in which we live? And, hope they enjoy the beautiful flowers we bring to community which brings singing birds, and other sounds of joy of God creation for all enjoy? Are we being a seed of St Frances? Does waving when they ride by show respect?
Do I sometimes want to word blast him? That might be negative attack! Then according to quote my ego would inflate. I think best ego left unusable! Do you?
I’m sitting in my chairs talking to my best friend and you.
Sara, you said/asked, “I think best ego left unusable! Do you?”
I would answer after reading your thoughts and experiences above…yes.
Thinking more on this from above, “the earth, creation, or civilization, which Jesus clearly came to love and save”, I can see from what you shared about your neighbor that not all earth dwellers share His love and your neighbor seems to be an example.
God has created and sustains such beauty and wonder daily. I think He invited you to be a participant of this co-creation/creativity and you agreed to partner….and you share His love. Others don’t.
“For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity;” Romans 1:20
You asked, “Are we being a seed of St Frances?” I hope so. I am reminded of and often look at and think on an illustrated verse from a garden theme calendar from years ago that hangs on one of my walls. It reads, “The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life.” Proverbs 11:30