Tuesday, October 18, 2016
My wife and I lived in Oregon for several years and developed a friendship with an older couple from our church. We enjoyed the time spent with them at their home. What we did not expect is just how much our dog “Max” was to enjoy these visits. They had chickens, dogs and Nubian goats. For some reason our dog immediately loved these goats and they loved him. He would recognize the property and get very excited when we arrived and the first thing he did was bolt from the car to go greet them. This was a very unlikely but wonderful bond between these animals. And it was instructive for us too.
o Creator and Redeemer (Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Psalm 34:15-22; Isaiah 45:18-19; 2 Corinthians 4:5-6; Revelation 4:11)
o Father to People of Israel and individuals (Deuteronomy 32:1-6; Psalm 68:5-6; 103:8-14; Isaiah 63:15-16; Malachi 2:10)
o Mighty Rock and Strength (Genesis 49:24; Psalm 18:2; Proverbs 18:10)
o God who takes “mothering” role towards own people (Deuteronomy 32:10-14, 18; Isaiah 66:13; Psalm 132; Luke 13:34)
Thursday, October 6, 2016
The Lord’s discipline of his children is a gift even if it is painful to endure. The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews is a realist and thus is helpful for us I think. Even as he exhorts his readers he also exhibits empathy for them. Let us listen to this divine word!
Some years ago when I was in high school I had to have knee surgery on both my knees. I was in a lot of pain even while simply walking and bending down. The surgery was necessary to relieve the problems with shredded cartilage under my knee caps. Once it was done I was given specific exercises which, if I did them consistently and properly, would strengthen the muscles in my legs. These were also needed in order to allow me to get back to as much normal movement and activity as possible.