Mag's Thoughts

Gathered In

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”- Augustine

Grief is that which lingers after death in various forms and for various periods of time. Grief in the loss of a child peeks around a corner long after the event. How does one face that overwelming fog that comes in with a song, a birthday, or just a passing memory? When those days blindside me, I just stop in my tracks and ask God to help, to walk with me and give me clarity of thought.

You know, God understands so very well about the death of one's child. I go back to those words in Psalm 91 every time, and picture being drawn in to God as we often comfort our own children. I am His child after all.

I am often taken back by  His individual care and attention to me when I spend time in commune with my Heavenly Father. He knows the precise number of  hairs on my head (Matthew 10:30), and yet He is described in Isaiah 40 as an immeasurable and incomprehensible  God  by the prophet. That is beyond my cognitive abilities, yet so very comforting. How thankful I am for my God who is discribed as God Most High (El-Elyon), yet gathers His children to Him,  offering them refuge and strength.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my2 God, in whom I trust.

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will
cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.



A Challenge

Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

As the new year opens, let us remember what proclaiming to be Christ-followers means.  Are we just people in the world living out our lives working for financial security or social status or does our life have a deeper meaning? Christ calls for us to be different, uncommon in a world where worldliness is the commonality we share the most.

I am amazed at the availability of information through technology on social media, on live-streaming television. Paul emphasizes the renewal of our minds in his writing to the Roman's. Are we exposing our thoughts to unwholesome language, hatred, worldly living? I know of a book that offers alternatives.

I propose a challenge to you. Sit down, take your Bible and read it from cover to cover! Yes, it is difficult reading at times, yes it takes time, yes you may need a dictionary, and yes, if you are faithful to your commitment to complete your reading from cover to cover, you will be transformed. Actually, you will be amazed at all the new knowledge you will discover in passages you have read countless times. You will be convicted about the priorities in your lives.


Genesis 1:9 ESV

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear. And it was so."

We humans often assume we are  in total control of our destiny. We make choices whether good or bad, but our Heavenly Father has the path of our life already planned. Our job is to follow his lead, his guideposts along the way. Fear, uncertainty enters our thoughts when we ignore God.

So, how do we know the path God chooses. Communication is the key. God gives us His truth in the Bible, a detailed instruction on living, His perfect truth! We also have direct communication with God through prayer.  While on earth, Jesus taught us to pray;  by example He went to His Father.  Because Christ is the  High Priest who intervenes on our behalf, we merely go before God in the name of His Son.

God created us, and  He sent His Son for us!  Read the passage above again. How dare we think we know more, can do more than our Creator who spoke and "it was so"(creating the cosmos). The definition of stubborn: "Determined to do what one  wants and is very unwilling to change his or her mind,  is a stubborn character used to getting his own way."  This definition describes we humans, myself included, so many times, and we find ourselves stumbling or in chaos.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 121:1-5 ESV

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.