Amos Ch. 6:12-14,7:1-9 “A Grim Paradox”
Had I been Joseph’s mother
I’d have prayed
protection from his brothers:
“God keep him safe;
he is so young,
so different from
Mercifully she never knew
there would be slavery
and prison, too.
Had I been Moses’ mother
I’d have wept
to keep my little son;
praying she might forget
the babe drawn from the water
of the Nile,
had I not kept
him for her
nursing him the while?
Was he not mine
but Pharaoh’s daughter?…
Had I been Mary –
Oh, had I been she,
I would have cried
as never a mother cried,
“…Anything, O God,
With such prayers
my finite wisdom
God, how fortunate
This poem is from Ruth Bell Graham’s “Collected Poems.” It’s also available in This Christmas Night: Reflections from Our Hearts to Your Home.
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1, NRSV
Let us pray for those starting new endeavors! A new year brings goals of start ups for some! I want to be a part of those with new ENDEAVORS! A cure for cancer(s) and other diseases that need answers. Ways to feed the multitudes that are hungry daily. We need the fish and loaves ministry in action. Advancement in technology in all areas of life and work! So many golden opportunities awaiting for God’s Glory to shine on and through.
Do you have any new endeavors to share?
When I see the beauty of white snow my mind runs to the words of the prophet, Isaiah:
“Come now, and 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 be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 NKJ
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.” Rev 5:9
Open a Bible and continue to read and see!
|“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”|
(Romans 12:2, NIV)
The word “transform” being “metamorphosis when a caterpillar changes from a lowly worm into a flying butterfly, it is called a metamorphosis. If we use this illustration with our scripture from Romans can we identify ourselves? Tell your story!