Archive | April 2014

children of light

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For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!
Ephesians 5:8

Photo by Aaron Paul Lazar

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seasons of friendship

Seasons of Friendship

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

If you had to choose one of the following which would you choose: Colorful SPRING flowers, a Sunny SUMMER Picnic, a Crisp FALL Hike or a Crackling WINTER Fire? I enjoy all four of those choices so it would be very difficult for me to choose my very favorite. I have always been glad to live where I can enjoy all four seasons. After the recent loss of a college friend I started thinking that there are seasons for friendships too. When we make a connection with someone they may end up being part of our life forever or they may just be in our life for a season. Friends are drawn together at a certain point and play an important and special role in each other’s lives for a particular length of time. Just as some seasons are longer than others friendships are of varying lengths as well. We all travel through different seasons and meet different people along the way. These people help develop our character and mold us into who we become. Instead of looking back and being sad about a relationship that is no longer vibrant we can celebrate that season for what it was. We can remember the fun times, learn a lesson from the bad and reflect on the importance each friendship had in our lives. People don’t send as many Christmas cards as in the past but what a wonderful way to keep a connection going. A friend may not be active in your current season but it’s always nice to get a reminder of the past and to catch up a little on their present. Many people have reservations about using facebook but I have found it a blessing to my friendships. No matter the distance I can connect with childhood, high school and college friends in addition to relatives, previous coworkers and present friends. It’s fun to add a status update or picture and come back later to find “likes” from people spanning several seasons of my life. No matter how much we try we can’t keep all the connections current. We may have lost touch with childhood chums and we may not ever talk to a college buddy again but that doesn’t diminish the value those friendships had during their season. Enjoy looking back on past seasons and don’t forget to look at those around you now, cherish your relationships and make this the best season yet.

Prayer: Lord, we know that you created our world and you ordained the seasons. You have a length and purpose for all things. Help us remember that every season in our life is important. Help us in our friendships Lord. May we use every season as an opportunity to draw close to those around us and form positive friendships that will draw us closer to you. Lord, help us make meaningful connections as we travel through each season of our lives. Amen.

Devotion by Marge McCoy
Photo Courtesy of McCoy Family Photo Album

broken things

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God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume .
— Vance Havner

Photo by Aaron Paul Lazar

Jesus Loves the Little Children

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Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.

Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world.

Lyrics by Herbert C. Woolston
Photo courtesy of the Garrigues Family Album