Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 30 "Honor Those Who Are Faithful To You" I Chronicles 3-5

Dear Ones, David had 19 sons.  But the only ones that we really hear about are Solomon and Nathan.  Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, yet ...  Nathan, son of David and Bathsheba, named after the prophet who led his David to repentance in his affair with a married woman.  It appears that David loved the prophet Nathan---the one who reproved him with a piercing tongue---loved him all the more for doing that.  Loved him all his life.  Honor those who treat you faithfully. And. That is repentance.  May we follow footsteps of humble honored men like David who knew fully what it meant to repent and turn from his sins.

April 29 "Genealogies" I Chronicles 1-2

Dear Children, So what is our family line?  Who are they?  I don't have much to offer you.  My parents were both born in the first decade of the 1900s.  It's kind of sketchy who belonged to whom.  I knew my grandmother Fannie Goss on my mom's side.  Never knew her husband.  Never knew who my mom's father was.  I knew my grandmother and grandfather on my dad's side.  Sam and Mae Ancona. Except.  My dad was a Seward.  Who was my dad's dad? Sam wasn't his real dad.  So, here are genealogies.  I want to skip over them but God put them here.  And when the future generations were taken captive, destroyed---they had a record of who they were.  We know the line of David.  Don't know the line of Seward or Brandon.  Disconcerting.  We belong.  We are sons and daughters of Adam.  Someone can prove it. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April 28 "He Read Them The Book" 2 Kings 23-25

Dear Children, King Josiah called all the elders, the priests, the prophets. From the least to the greatest. "He read in their hearing all the words of the Book." 2 Kings 23:2.  It's a beautiful picture.  A community sitting together hearing the words of the Lord.  May we long for this. One accord.  A voice unpacking unfolding all the words of the Lord.  Oh God!

April 27 "I Hear Your Prayers" 2 Kings 20-22


Hezekiah became terribly ill. He knew he could die. He wept bitterly, turning to God. And God answered Hezekiah: Heard your prayers. Seen your tears. Will heal! It's the same thoughts God sent my way when I had cancer. I knew that He saw my bitter tears.  I remember falling at your dad's feet when the phone call came and weeping deeply from my heart.  Yes, I followed God but I didn't want to die.  And God healed.  And I could not be any more grateful and in awe.

April 26 "Distress & Disgrace" 2 Kings 18-19

Dear Children, It was a day of distress and disgrace for King Hezekiah. He said it was like when you come to the moment of birth and you have no strength to deliver---moms understand that one. We all understand distress over circumstances. And the disgrace of being shamed by others and their decisions hurled at us. And the king's reply to overhwelming news was this: 14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. 2 Kings 19:14.

April 25 "Worshipping God and Serving Idols" 2 Kings 15-17

Kids, All these kings.  Some worshipped.  Some strayed.  Some tried to do both. "They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices.  Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did."  May our worship be true of the One God who is worthy of all our praise and.  I wonder why they couldn't give up their idols while they were worshipping a Mighty and Gracious God? 2 Kings 17:40

April 24 "Suffering" 2 Kings 12-14

Dear Kids, God saw how much suffering Israel embraced and said, "that's enough."  I'll appoint this King Jeroboam.  2 Kings 14:17.  God owns these good kings.  God takes care of his own.  And while he oversaw these kings; God raised up princes and prophets.  Jonah.  The young prophet who fretted and flew off the handle when God repented.  God is at work in all of us, every single day.  Growing the kingdom within.  God sent him to Nineveh to show him what was in his heart. He was a young prophet who ran away.  But he came back with a vengeance and a vision.  No more "poor me."  May we embrace the suffering in our lives with purpose.