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Friday, July 3, 2020

Sunflowers and corn, Lancaster County, PA
We passed this vibrant view yesterday morning along Rockvale Road.
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"Satisfy Us With Your Love"

Message summary: Regardless of our personal circumstances and these difficult times, let us truly be satisfied with God's unfailing love. Let us sing for joy and be glad all our days, this day and every day!

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"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days" (Psalm 90:14).

We just came across a new song based on Psalm 90 by Shane and Shane, a dual eponymously named group. It really blessed us, especially the thoughtful introduction with the passionate reading of Scripture and prayer, so fitting for our time. Shane expresses the vital importance of seeking satisfaction in God's unfailing love in the morning. (See below for link to song).

When the sun comes up satisfy us
before the day has passed us by
before our hearts forget all Your goodness
Satisfy us with Your love.

Satisfaction can be an emotional response to good things such as a fulfilling marriage, a happy family, a job promotion, educational attainment, or acquiring more of this and that, but these lack the overall true source of satisfaction. Everyone seeking lasting satisfaction for the soul will find that true lasting satisfaction is found only in a dynamic, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Psalm 90 was written by Moses some 3,500 years ago and offers one of the richest prayers found in the Psalms. He cries out to God, "Satisfy us in the morning", thus acknowledging the source of one's satisfied life is rooted in God. Even more specifically, he highlights one of God's characteristics; His "unfailing love".

God's unfailing love is a stark contrast to the many "satisfaction" offers flashed in neon lights which brings temporal satisfaction at best. This satisfaction can't be stored in a safety deposit box, sold to the highest bidder, traded in for a newer model, or made available only to the smart, rich, young or attractive.

Just think back to your youthful days and what you thought would satisfy. The deep, abiding satisfaction the soul longs for can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. It's a treasure for here and now and for all eternity. Psalm 145:16 reads, "You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing".

Moses said "in the morning". The Hebrew here literally means "at the break of day". Consider the phrase we have often sung from the classic hymn, "Holy, Holy, Holy", which we proclaim "early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee". As we begin our day with the deep assurance of God's unfailing love we are filled and equipped, so that we can live the day in victory, sing for joy, and be glad our entire day; in the ups and downs, the quiet and busy aspects of our day as well.

Let us be very intent on experiencing this deep satisfaction that God has provided. The Psalmist's prayer is so powerful. God alone is the source of satisfaction.
Regardless of our personal circumstances and these difficult times, let us truly be satisfied with God's unfailing love. Let us sing for joy and be glad all our days, this day and every day!

You have been our dwelling place
O everlasting God
Before You formed the mountaintops
You were before it all.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, far too often our minds are consumed with the events so distressing around us or with things that only money can buy. Such a mindset can bring dissatisfaction for that which we already have. Help us to focus our hearts on that which has lasting value, that which brings eternal dividends. When we turn our hearts toward Your unfailing love we find joy and satisfaction that will not be determined by the events or non-events of this day or the troubles facing our nation and world. When human love is fleeting or disappoints us, help us to remember that it is Your unfailing love which satisfies the soul. We want to listen carefully to You, gratefully receive Your daily provisions, and delight ourselves in Your abundance. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

Shane and Shane
"Psalm 90"  Video  Shane and Shane
If you are like us you will very quickly be singing the chorus!

Tina retiring from Vallorbs
Yesterday we said "Farewell" to Tina who is retiring after working at Val for nearly 13 years. She is a diligent worker, also very caring toward her fellow employees. She has run the machine to her right for several years and is  proud grandma. She has been very receptive to our chaplaincy presence and we will sure miss her.

Lee from Vallorbs
Brooksyne walked into Leelee's work area only to find that she was wearing a patriotic shirt like herself. It is noteworthy that Leelee's shirt said "Made in America 2018" and Brooksyne's shirt says "Land that I love". We remember praying for Leelee, originally from Laos, that she would pass her citizenship test in 2018 which she did. Her husband who also worked for many years at Val had major health issues and died over the past year, so we have sought to be an encouragement and prayer support to Leelee and their teen son.

Jared with boys
Jered, a carpenter we see at Smucker Home Improvement, came over this morning along with his two sons, Koen and Burke, to help me install two stair rails. It's nice to see a father teaching his sons a trade!

Finally today:

Baby birds in holly bush
The Brown Thrush baby birds in our holly bush continue to grow!
See this photo from June 24 right after they hatched.

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