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The Miracle Man

One of the wonders of being a child of God is hearing Him speak intimately in His still, small voice. His unbidden word in my mind is like a fresh breeze on a spring day, like a caress against my cheek.

Recently one morning, as I walked to my kitchen sink, with no thoughts except what needed to be accomplished that day, in my mind I heard, “Sweet Lord Jesus He’s a miracle man.” I knew this was a line from All The Way To Kingdom Come by Rich Mullins. Earlier I had been praying for loved ones who have dire health needs. My prayers for them were BIG requests that only a BIG GOD can perform. Although I had left “our” prayer time, Father God, in His tenderness, broke into my routine to encourage me, to remind me that the One in whose name I had prayed is THE MIRACLE MAN and that my prayers had been heard. While I tackled the mundane, He was attending to the impossible.

Later I grabbed my phone and googled the entire lyrics of the song by Rich Mullins. “…He gave love a face and He gave love a name…Love is a miracle…but the sweet Lord Jesus, he’s a miracle man…now we know what love is ’cause he loved us all the way to kingdom come.”

My husband recently read The Case For Miracles by Lee Strobel and Miracles by Eric Metaxas. He recommended both books which document the existence of miracles in today’s world.

Of all miracles, the greatest miracle is The LOVE OF JESUS, who left the glory of heaven and took on the form of a servant to give His life on a cross to give everlasting life to undeserving me and to all who believe in Him.

Borrowing words from a secular love song, Miracle of Miracles, from Fiddler On The Roof, “…But of all God’s miracles large and small, the most miraculous one of all is the one I thought could never be: God has given you to me.” Thank you, God, for giving Jesus to me and me to Jesus! I am eternally grateful. I am eternally yours.

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With Gratitude

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Oh, Give Thanks To The Lord

Last Friday my husband saw his oncologist and reported having some mild pain in the same general area where pain in 2013 had been the alert which led to the diagnosis of lymphoma.  The doctor examined Howard carefully and reassured him that a recurrence of cancer was unlikely.  A CT scan was ordered for the coming Tuesday, just to be careful and certain.     

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.   His love endures forever.”  Psalm 136:1                                                                                

Tuesday morning Howard had his scan and returned home to wait for a call from the doctor.  Late in the afternoon, the phone rang.  As I listened to my husband’s tone of voice and gazed at his demeanor, I knew the news was good.  There was no sign of cancer.  His new discomfort was blamed on some moderate degenerative joint disease in his spine.

We are filled with relief and gratitude.  As I thank God for his enduring love this afternoon, I am reminded of the last verse of the old hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross*   –   “…Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”                                                                                                                               

 * arranged by Lowell Mason/Isaac Watts –  based on Gregorian Chant

 

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Hold Me

 

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“I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”  Exodus 19:4

“You whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth….I have made you, and I will carry you.”  Isaiah 43: 3 and 4

My husband developed pain in his left hip last week.  Those of you who follow my blog, know that Howard had stage three lymphoma in 2013.  In light of his history, any little pain that might have been ignored, now has the capacity to arouse fear in both of us.  And we have been fearful as we await his routine three month check with the oncologist in a few days.

Last Sunday our Pastor was teaching from Exodus 34, teaching that the God of Moses seeks to be known, that he self-discloses.*  God said he is Hesed.  Some translations of Hesed are loving kindness, or steadfast love, or abounding in love. As Pastor Cody talked of trusting God’s love, he shared a story about his young daughter.  He asked her, “How do you know I love you.”  She replied, “Because you snuggle with me.”

How do I know that God extends his Hesed to me?  He snuggles with me.  He holds me.  He carries me.  He always has.  He always will.

In the quiet of worship, I decided it was a good week to really lean into my Daddy God, to let him hold me and calm me with his love.  As we drove home from church, in my mind, I kept hearing the words and music of the late Rich Mullins:  “Hold me Jesus.  I’m shaking like a leaf.  You have been my King of Glory.  Won’t you be my Prince of Peace?.”**

This morning during my quiet time with God, the words and music from Matt Maher came to mind: “I just want to be in your arms, moving ever closer to your heart.”***

Fears have been calmed.   Whatever lies ahead, all will be well, because of God’s Hesed.  I am being held.  My husband is being held.  We are in the everlasting arms of our Lord.

*You can listen to Pastor Cody Kargus’s sermon of 3/8/15  at www.maranthafree.com

** Hold Me Jesus by Rich Mullins

*** Letting Go by Matt Maher/Paul Moak

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