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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Produce stand at the Bird In Hand farm market.
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"Sounds of Joy and Gladness"
"I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp" (Jeremiah 25:10).
Another great sound is the sizzling sound of meat grilling over a hot fire. The Weber Grill restaurant has recreated that very sound and plays it when you open their website! I can just picture a thick juicy hamburger or steak when I hear the sound. However I would probably not enjoy that sound if I saw sizzling locusts, although people in some cultures might!
The daily text is a prophetic statement describing conditions that would occur when the nation of Judah fell captive to Babylon. The sounds indicative of the good life would be banished from them such as those things and experiences that bring about "sounds of joy and gladness".
The text goes on to illustrate sounds of a wedding and of commerce. Weddings have lots of joyful sounds. In June we attended a wedding in the Philadelphia area of Joseph, a young man from the church we served in New England. His bride sang a song to him that surprised him. It is a great memory. But there was also the happy sounds of joyful fellowship and celebration at the reception.
"the sound of millstones." I really have no idea what a millstone sounds like and in what sense it might be a sound of joy and gladness. However I suspect it would have represented a good harvest and thriving economy. I have heard the factory whistle, the sounds of a thriving machine shop, a bustling office and just yesterday the sounds of the harvest.
Part of our thankful, positive attitude in life is expressed as we listen to the many sounds around us and hear the Lord at work in a variety of ways. Listen today for pleasant sounds in your life that are often taken for granted.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we're thankful for the immense variety of sounds that fill our day such as voices, machinery, music, prayer, wildlife, insects, and so much more. Those we usually take for granted are blessings You give that bring joy and gladness to our lives. We pray for our brothers and sisters who are hearing impaired and thank you for the aids and support given to them through various ministries and organizations. There is no greater "sound of joy or gladness" than that of hearing the voice of one(s) who surrenders his or her life and receives glorious forgiveness. Help us to be faithful workers in the harvest so that we can rejoice in the victorious sounds of the spiritual harvest of the souls of men and women, boys and girls. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Here are some scenes from the harvest across the road from our home yesterday.
We were preparing to leave when suddenly we heard the loud sound of farm machinery approaching. The corn chopper entered the field across from our house followed by three large trucks.
We now have a crewcut farm view!
The next step will probably be the manure, one of the least pleasant aspects of living in the country!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
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"Creation Sings" Video Keith and Kristyn Getty"Hear The Bells Ringing" Video From the Gaither Homecoming series
Weber Grill Restaurant - If your sound is turned on you should hear a sizzle!
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