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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Our neighbor Doug has quite an eye for photography and calls his photo collection God's Eyes Photography! Perhaps these blue birds will visit us in the near future.
(Photo by Doug Maxwell)
Note: Valentine's Day is on Wednesday so this week we are preparing a series of messages on love.
Message summary: Today we consider the blessings of family love.
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"But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept" (Genesis 33:4).
The other day I was giving some "loving" to our dog Mollie which means briskly rubbing the back side of her ears and stroking her which prompts her to suddenly drop to the floor for a belly rub. Many of you pet owners know just what I'm talking about since most pets are very receptive to human love. We enjoy each of our dogs and cat but Mollie is the most affectionate. It occurred to me that many pets receive more attention and love than humans. That's why we need to let our lights shine which includes demonstrating love. Sadly so many come from homes where little love is demonstrated, and some are living in that kind of home even now.
There's a song that's been playing on a southern gospel station we often listen to (enLighten). It's called "The Little Girl" that tells the sad story of a little girl in a home with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother. She would hide behind the couch while her parents fought. The song gets even sadder but does have a happy ending. (Link below)
If we'd keep our fussing to a minimum which meant we could still make ugly faces, quietly elbow or pinch each other in the back seat, Daddy would pull into a gas station in Sallisaw Oklahoma which was about halfway. He'd pull the change out of his pockets and hold out his big truck driving hands so each of us could pick out a dime to buy a bottle of pop and a nickel to buy salted peanuts. We always tore open the package of peanuts and dumped them into our pop. The mixture of the sweet soda and the salty taste of the peanuts tasted so good together.
Since moving to the Northeast over 40 years ago I've never seen anyone mix soda and peanuts, but every time I see a grape or orange soda pop my memories go back to our trips when we'd stop for pop and peanuts. Once in a great while I still mix the drink and nuts and when I do so it makes me remember how much I felt loved when he considered us and how much the stop along the way with treats helped shorten the long trip ahead. Daddy's been in heaven for 18 years now, but if he were still living, I sure would enjoy taking him an orange or grape soda pop with a bag of peanuts poured in the bottle.
What a blessing to have memories like this and an assurance of love within our families. In this category of love we consider:
Their reunion is one of the great examples of love and reconciliation in the Bible. "But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept" (Genesis 33:4).
Is there a family member that needs your love and a warm embrace today? Be sure to reach out, extend yourself, forgive that matter which may be separating you, and thank God for your family. Do your part to see that love characterizes you and your family.
Be encouraged today.
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, the Psalms tell us that You set the lonely in families. We're thankful for a setting where we are loved, protected and provided for by those you ordained to be our blood family. All too often we take them for granted, grumble about our differences in habits and opinions, and speak hurtful words that wound their spirit. Remind us through the example of Esau and Jacob that we lose a great deal when we bicker and go our separate ways from those we should love the most. We pray for our readers today, if there is a need for reconciliation, that they will make the call, send the card, or pay a visit and lovingly embrace their loved one. We never know how much time we have on this side or our loved one for that matter, so we must make the most of every opportunity to be there for those who matter most. Amen.
Speaking of family: Last night I (Brooksyne) joined with a group of prayer warriors via conference call on behalf of a husband/father who has been missing for one year. He is in Christian ministry serving in a dangerous place overseas. He, along with others, was kidnapped and there has been no information about him. His wife joined us in the prayer time as well as those who have been upholding his family in prayer. We are praying that God is using his life and witness in spite of the intended plan that the gospel be restrained or eliminated. We prayed that God would uphold him physically and spiritually through this most difficult time. We also prayed for his release. His wife and three children miss him terribly. When we think of family remember to pray for those who are separated due to persecution.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"The Little Girl" Video John Micheal Montgomery
"Family Tree" Video Matthew West
"Lead Me" Video Sanctus Real
"Family Chain" Video The Nelons
"Save My Family, Save My Friends" Video Tribute Quartet
"What Children Believe" Video Gold City
Yesterday two new calves were born on the Old Windmill Farm and Farmer Jesse sent over a video with the sights and sounds of the barnyard!
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