Wednesday, July 1, 2020



PEACEFUL ROCK

I headed for a place I know,
not wanting any clock,
where my burdened ears can hear the flow,
resting well on Peaceful Rock.

By the brook, I’ll sit and close my eyes,
where the canopy is thick,
and contentment there I’ll realize,
as I hear the water skip.

I will sit for many hours there,
or at least what seems to be,
and I’ll hear the water sing His care,
of the love He has for me.

And my troubles will go down the way,
where the ravens tend to flock,
yet the perfect peace of God will stay,
trusting well on Peaceful Rock.


Come unto me, all ye that labour 
and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 


PEACEFUL ROCK

The world’s calamities circle round. Personal and family problems abound. Government issues soar in harsh sound. It is true what Jesus said— that there will always be trouble in the world. 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; have overcome the world.
John 16:33

It is also true that Jesus has overcome the world. Be of good cheer. Wow! Even in tribulation, we are encouraged to smile. In Christ, there is peace. In Him, victory is gained. And the government shall be upon His shoulders.

I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3

David sang the above words when God delivered him from the hand of Saul. We might not be running from an angry king with a buckler on our arm but difficulties chase us nonetheless. Calling on the LORD in prayer is the answer David chose. Praying is what David did and what we should do, too. 

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16

Do you know to whom, other than David, that God said He would be a shield? He’s found in Genesis 15 when God made a covenant with this man. 

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Genesis 15:1

And, do you know to whom God said the following in Exodus 33?

And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by.
Exodus 33:21-22

It was Abraham who was told by God that He, God, would be his shield in Genesis 15. And Moses in Exodus 33 was told by God to stand on a rock nearby while He, God, passed by. Praying people of faith know God is the rock on which they can base their lives. God is that same shield for us today. He is that same presence in control when we feel all is lost. He is that same rock.

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Matthew 21: 42-44

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the cornerstone. He is the foundation of a solid house. Without Him, a house will be destroyed by the foundation it was built on. It is our choice what kind of foundation we desire under our house. The wise man built his house upon the rock! 

Therefore thus saith the LORD GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Isaiah 28:16 

This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:11-12

I hope you find Peaceful Rock down by the brook where the sound of flowing water washes away troubles. There is protection in the cleft of the Rock, hidden under the hand of God. Upon this tried stone, one can pray, trust, be at peace and practice patience.

Monday, June 15, 2020


THE FAITHFUL TRAIL

On the faithful trail, I’ll go,
where the ferns are thick and greening,
and the undergrowth goes up and down,
and the trees are often leaning.

Upon the trail, I’ll follow,
as I pass beneath the basswoods,
as I walk along the touch-me-nots,
and a patch of tangled dogwoods.

I’ll trust when at the gully,
where the woods are dark and deepest,
and cross along the cherry tree,
where the bank is slick and steepest.

At trail’s end, I’ll have rest,
in a special, hidden clearing—
in the grass, I’ll watch the passing clouds,
and the warblers I’ll be hearing!


I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20


THE FAITHFUL TRAIL

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
Hebrews 10:35

Confidence in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, will bring great reward. Years ago during the Passover, Jesus had willingly went to the cross for us. He bore our sin upon the tree. And now, we are forgiven. How beautiful and awesome that our sins are forgiven!

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Philippians 3:18-19   

As we travel along life’s path, which can often be gnarly like the deep woods, we encounter enemies of the cross. The cross is foolishness to people whose minds are fixed on earthly things. They lack faith in Almighty God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

Seek Him on the trail of faith. Pray for help when stresses try to derail. Call upon God when distractions send us off the trail and into the tangled underbrush. God, the Heart Reader, knows the heart asking for guidance and drawing close to Him. He rewards those who seek Him! Wise men and women still seek Him.
   
And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
Luke 1:45

Mary, the mother of Jesus, had faith in God. She knew who rewards and lifts up. She knew the humble are exalted and the proud are brought down. Her soul praised God as she humbly served the Mighty One and became blessed of all women.

And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Luke 2:38

Anna of Asher had faith in God. An old widow and prophetess, she spent a lot of time in the temple praying and waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. Then, after many years, baby Jesus was brought to her. She was rewarded in her day and yet to come.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

I trust you are walking the faithful trail with an attitude of gratitude. Set your sights on the joys our Savior promises. Pray daily. And may you reap the rewards of a life lived trusting Jesus, hopeful with patience.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Where the Leaves Dance















Where the Leaves Dance

A soft breeze, a gentle sigh,
I’ll be where the leaves dance.
I’ll look up through at skies of blue
and fall within a trance.

In relaxed state, I’ll contemplate
and hear the wood thrush echoing.
His gorgeous tune releases me,
a distant place is beckoning.

How could God make these woods so fine?
All worries are asunder.
I’ll close my eyes and take it in,
this quiet place of wonder.


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27




Where the Leaves Dance

…Where the wind lists… 
                    …Where the Spirit resides… 
                                          …Where the tree yields.
 
We were sitting around our campfire on a picture-perfect day in the woods. There was no fire, only the beauty of a clear sunny day at high noon. Leaning my head back against the chair, I looked up through the maple trees to the blue sky and occasional puffy cloud passing by. But I didn’t see much of the sky. All the leaves of the trees around me gave me a kaleidoscope view of varying green shapes. And they were dancing.

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
John 3:5-8

The Holy Spirit is powerful and in control. He is the one who gives out the admittance ticket into Heaven. He is the one who knows the difference between sheep and goats and wheat grain and chaff. He is the one who reads hearts.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

Look what the faithful heart gets! It’s a verse that sums up the whole Bible. The leaves dancing in the wind remind us of the peace Jesus Christ gives to those who trust in Him. It’s the peace of knowing God’s Spirit resides in the hearts of believers. Faith equals being born of the Spirit. Faith equals everlasting life. 

Therefore, since we have been made right
in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God
because of what Jesus Christ our Lord
has done for us.
Romans 5:1

The peace given only by Jesus helps us lean back and trust our Creator. When we express gratitude, we pray. When we have difficulties, prayer becomes sustenance. It’s not about what we can’t do in life’s hardships. It’s about what we can do. Abraham, Elijah, Hannah and Esther all praised God in prayer and pleaded with God. Can you think of other people in the Bible who prayed? Or, maybe you know of people who do around you. Prayer warriors lived before us and among us today. 

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 21:27- 22:2
 
God made leaves for us now and in the future! Now, we see a glimpse. But one day, we will see it all.

Please keep praying for our country.

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
Romans 12:12

Looking up through the leaves, rest in God’s plan for your life with patience.

Friday, May 15, 2020


Woodland Song

Joyfully, joyfully, feathered friends call,
the chickadees and grosbeaks and orioles all,
to sing a lyric melody at opening of day,
to start the winging choir, a-chirping all the way!

Over high, over there, beside the babbling brook,
the cardinals and veeries resound in every nook;
the drumming of the ruffed grouse, the cooing of the dove,
the tapping of the woodpecker that echoes up above!

Yahweh God! Yahweh God!”, into the evening night,
hummingbirds and nuthatches turn in from their flight.
And in the final light of day, the robin sings her song.
What joy to hear the woodland birds sing praises all day long!

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luke 1:46-47                                                       


Woodland Song

The woods are slowly waking, here in Veery Glade. Snow has fallen late this year, slowing the leaves trying to form on the trees. But eventually, the once bare trees of winter will get their bright spring-green clothes. The veery thrushes have returned to Veery Glade! I've heard them! And I saw a blue indigo bunting and female grosbeaks! I am sure that with warmth and cover of leaves more birds will return.

Creation is not random or haphazard. Neither is our Creator God. Look at Ezekiel 40 to the end of the book where the prophet watches a man whose appearance was like bronze measure the temple area and boundaries of land. The point made is that God knows exact specifications. Wouldn’t a Creator be very familiar with His creation? Wouldn’t He measure each bird wing, arrange markings and colors of feathers and instill in them their flight?

The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
Proverbs 12:26

The book of Proverbs is filled with examples of righteousness versus wickedness. In chapter 12, some versions state: The righteous choose their friends carefully but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Others say: A righteous person is cautious in friendship. Creation reminds us that birds of a feather flock together. God reads our heart and places we fly to, whether those places lead to righteousness or wickedness.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Matthew 7:6

The five wise girls in the parable of the ten virgins who were prepared with oil didn’t give any of their oil to the five foolish girls who were not prepared and the foolish ones were kept out. It’s not too cool to go with those who will be kept out. It’s more honorable to try to be as obedient as possible. It’s best to repent and ask God to create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within.

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Matthew 10:14-15

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, told the disciples how they should respond to rejection of them and the Gospel they preached. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you in your friendships. Be careful not to befriend someone like Korah (Numbers 16). Korah made a stand against Moses (which is really a stand against God) and ended up taking his followers into the ground with him.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16
  
Pray for discernment to choose friends wisely. We can recognize people by their words and actions like a good tree that produces good fruit. A seed sown by the farmer will benefit him when it produces a crop. Nobody wants to take the time of sowing a seed to get nothing from it.

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Psalm 27:10

Our loving Father takes us up as His friend and promises to never leave us nor forsake us. There is comfort in realizing God keeps His great and precious promises. Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world.

Henceforth, I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.
John 15:15

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.
Romans 15:5

Keep praying for strength of heart to persevere because of the friendship of Jesus. A great truth is that Jesus can handle a lot of brokenness. So, with the birds, voice praises and concerns to Him who has the best consolation (the alleviation of suffering, grief and disappointment) and the best patience.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Truth is Like a Trillium

Truth is like a trillium
that blossoms in the spring.
It dances with the waking trees
and stirs the birds to sing.

Through winter, it lay dormant,
beneath the snowy ground.
Then with the warmth of springtime,
it stretched its roots around.

It grew within the sunshine,
first budding after years.
The plant designed by Trinity
took time to match its peers.

And there it stands a-shining—
a pure, revealing face!
The woodland floor, once bumpy bare,
now shimmers full of grace!

Truth is like a trillium.
O may my faith grow strong!
For with it, I am known and free
to live forever long.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32



TRUTH IS LIKE A TRILLIUM

that blossoms in the spring. That's because:

He that is of God heareth God’s words.
John 8:47a

Have faith in God and He will reveal truth to you. We can know truth. We can't really know truth without God.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.
John 14:6

But by me. Jesus is the truth. No one goes to God without first believing in Jesus, God’s Son. But by me. Strong words from our Creator who took the human form He created. He even let Himself be born. But by me. These are the words religions not based on Christ abhor. These are the words arrogant, silly people fight against with their own ways, truths and life philosophies.  

Christians are the ones who have decided the statement Jesus Christ made of Himself in John 14:6 is true. The Creator makes the rules for His creation. He is the book designer. He is the road-pavement maker, etc. etc. We all must decide how we will respond to the claim of Jesus. I trust you have chosen wisely. 

Trilliums take years to bloom for the first time. Some species of trillium are considered endangered. The red trilliums here in Veery Glade bloom before the white ones. Then, there are many white ones scattered over the woodland floor. They out-number the red ones. We are fortunate to have both kinds of trilliums in our woods. May you see and know the truth as evident as a trillium.

I hope you will be praying on Thursday May 7th, the National Day of Prayer. And every day, as usual. Pray for an end to the coronavirus. Pray for loved ones. Pray for whatever is heavy on your heart.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Isn’t it great that God keeps His promises? We need to keep the faith, walk in our integrity and fret not. We get knocked down. But, God can pick us up again as He has done before. We sometimes walk through mud, deal with stuff that God has allowed, get worn down and even depleted. But through the power of prayer, God delivers, changes things, renews and restores.

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

When struggling along, remember God is real and really answers prayer from believing hearts. He is able to grant requests. Our faces reflect our heart. When down and sad, so we look. But God can take a broken heart and restore it to a merry one with a cheerful countenance through prayer. It’s how to survive.

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 37:7-9


I am praying that I will have better patience.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020


Victory Hill

I will shout “Victory!” on the highest hill.
I will shout “Joy!” where the valleys fill.
Jesus is no longer dead!

Will you cry “Savior!” to the meadow’s end?
Will you cry “Friend!” where the willows bend?
Jesus fulfilled what was said!

Yell with me “Freedom!” to the fir trees far.
Yell with me “Hope!” to the furthest star.
Jesus was raised from the dead!

I will speak “Mercy!” to the babbling brook.
I will speak “Life!” to the woodland nook.
Jesus has done all he said!

And then I will kneel where the grass is deep
and give to the Lord my soul to keep.
Jesus is no longer dead!


And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:8-11


VICTORY HILL

On Palm Sunday, we celebrated our Lord Jesus Christ’s humble entry into Jerusalem on a donkey amidst palm branches waving around 2000 years ago during the Passover. We observed Good Friday as we remembered our Savior’s shed blood for us on the cross. Because of His great love for us, His creation, He willingly went to the cross knowing not everyone would believe.

And now, it is Easter! Only the LIVING GOD could raise His Son from the dead! Only the LIVING GOD could form dirt molecules into the man Adam and also reassemble ashes gone by to resurrect a once-living person. Only the LIVING GOD can reconnect all known DNA to the right persons, even those who at sea. He created the DNA! We’re just traveling through. Our home is in Heaven. Everything Jesus said was and is true. Death has no hold on our eternal Redeemer. Death has no sting for those who trust in God through Jesus Christ. I trust you know this.

It was a difficult journey and people grumbled along the way as Moses led them out of bondage in Egypt into the Promised Land. But in easy and difficult times, it is best to keep trusting God who loves and provides.

And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.

And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it on a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
Numbers 21: 4-9

A remedy for sin was provided to the people. All who looked to God's remedy were healed. Jesus, who referred to this Old Testament event when teaching about his death, said:

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. 
John 3:14-15

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

Jesus is the only one who can save. No other cure is found in anyone else! God the Remedy Maker has provided the remedy. Forgiveness of sins is realized through Jesus who ‘must be lifted up’, a reference to the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sin we have committed is forgiven through the atoning death of Christ on the cross. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, the Son of God.

The Israelites looked to the brass serpent God instructed Moses to make and they were healed. We must look to Jesus for healing. The just shall live by faith in what Jesus did on our behalf. Trust God’s remedy to be made right with Him so that you can claim this passage:

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 

Death, the final enemy, is conquered. Because Jesus was obedient unto death, God exalted Him to the highest place and made His name above every name. He is alive! Today, you can count on Jesus being alive and very well. I trust you know that God’s provisions are nothing short of miraculous! Because He lives, we can face tomorrow.

Here, in Veery Glade, the snow was gone yesterday. But this morning, there was a blanket of snow on the ground. It's the cha-cha—two steps forward, one step back! We usually have that in spring and fall. But other days, spring rains and sunshine are awakening leeks and trilliums. Buds are forming on the trees. More and more birds are singing. Many are busy building nests. The ground is drying out. There’s not much green yet but it’s coming. Spring faithfully returns, which shouldn’t be a surprise from the faithful Creator of it.

Let us pray for an end to this coronavirus pandemic. Let us keep walking in our integrity and being the Lord’s servant as people in the past were in their day and through their troubles. May their example encourage us. Let us rejoice on Victory Hill, knowing death, the final enemy, has been conquered by the One we follow!

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
John 13:7

Happy Easter to you! (a little late!)
Enjoy the view of life after death in revealed knowledge and maintained patience.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Pond by the Wood

I hiked to the pond early Friday morn
through rain and mist and woods forlorn,
for the winter had torn limbs here and there,
and a heaviness clung to the morning air.

I stood on the bank by the meadow bleak
with my head hung low, sad and weak,
for what have I done to deserve great love
from Jesus, the Son of God, above?

Then circles spun sweet on the water’s face
when raindrops fell softly to their place,
and clouds swirled free in the pool’s dark depths
as winds encircled from Heaven’s steps.

There on dark water, sunlight reflected.
His words of love to me perfected.
In a pledge through oaks as the sky turned blue,
I learned the grandeur of all things new.

What grace shines upon the pond by the wood!
What joy restored and understood!
A power comes from His heart to mine
to lift my soul to forever fine.



To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they might be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Isaiah 61:3



The Pond by the Wood

Spring rains have come. When a raindrop falls in a puddle or pond, a rippling circle vibrates out from the point of contact. We know our Creator God designed this. I’m thinking He likes circles, not that He opposes squares. But, there they are—circles on the water. And the joints in our bodies are round. We know we are made in His eternal image.

But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luke 21:18

Promises, like circles, are forever. We can’t see the beginning or the end of a circle. It just goes on and on. We can trust God in His powerful word which also goes on and on. When He says not a hair on our head will perish, we can trust that. Through it all, we depend on His promises. Through it all, we depend on His Word. Remember that beautiful song Through It All written by Mr. Andrea Crouch? It’s a great song!

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
1 Peter 1:25

God is powerful. I know we already know. But sometimes, we need to hear it again. God created the world by speaking it into existence. He sent the flood. He empowered Moses. He reversed the earth’s rotation in response to Hezekiah’s prayer for good health. He answered Hannah’s prayer request for a child. He waited 700 years after going to Micah to prophesy about the Bethlehem birthplace of the ruler from everlasting who would come unto Him. He touched Mary’s womb, creating inside her Jesus, that ruler from everlasting. All is calculated. All is planned. All is in God’s control.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:38

Mary declared herself a handmaid of the Lord. A handmaid is a servant. We are servants of the Lord in good and bad times. There are others in the Bible who were declared servants of God by God himself. If we believe, then we are in service to Him.

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
Luke 17:12-13

In Mary’s day, leprosy ran rampant and people were quarantined. Lepers lived in caves and places far away from the public. Disease has been around. But so has God. He’s still greater! Let us be crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Jesus healed all ten but only one returned to say thank you. Have we thanked Jesus, the Son of God, lately?

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121: 1-2

A servant of God prays. Our help comes from God. Prayer can affect a change. Here in Veery Glade, we keep praying. The covid-19 virus has upset the world and its impact has reached our woods. Family and friends are lifted in prayer. Measures are taken to help not get it or spread it to others. We are praying for doctors, nurses, police, businesses and more. We are the Lord’s servants. Not praying is not an option. Prayer is the option because God cares and listens to those who ask. 

In your patience possess ye your souls.
Luke 21:19

There will be blessings amidst the turmoil. Look for them in your patience.