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Heirs in Hope” is a blog about forgiveness, and the redemption of evil. Drusilla’s story tears the heart to read but oh how her light shines, how the hope and healing we all have in Christ Jesus shines within her. Drusilla’s writing shows the heart of what Christianity is. For this is our Hope: that in the end, it will all have been worth it, that God will bring the True Good out of all the pain, that all may be judged in Mercy. Thanks be to God.

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There’s a fun little tool going around that graphs a webpage, mapping the connections to and within it. Peter did one today on The Age To Come, and it reminded me of the little plant “Cleavers”. The map highlights the sort of organic way in which we interact with the internet with one connection leading to another to another, and seemingly random bits and pieces can begin to make sense when viewed after-the-fact.

We’ve made a couple of “weighty” decisions recently, and have another one, concerning where to live, that we are waiting for guidance on. I started praying about it this morning, thinking also about the internet and the way tiny links can lead to life-changing connections, and realized my prayer couldn’t stop with the “big” decisions, because how do we know what is large in the scheme of God’s plan for our lives? So often it’s the smallest things, the casual word, the series of seeming inconsequential steps over time, that make all the difference. And then of course I quickly realized that the mass of detail, each of which really really matters, would overwhelm me, pull my mind into a morass of confusion, an inescapable black hole – if it weren’t for God. My prayer, today, ended up being just “Help, please help”. And just as suddenly, The Comforter patted me, and my confusion evaporated.

I don’t know what the decision will be, but am not longer (at least for now) concerned about it. God will assure that the serendipitous series of events occur to lead us truly.

Whizzer « In His Hands

As i was walking to Church yesterday morning i saw a young boy jumping in the puddles with his mother watching on.  I smiled at the lady and said ‘that looks fun’.  Her reply was to sigh, and explain that it takes a long time to get anywhere.  As i walked away i heard the little guy say ‘look at the leaves’.
I was struck by how i can walk along that stretch of road and not take in the beauty of the leaves, the marvel of the shape of the water puddles, the birds flying above.  That child showed me that i rush too much and should take more time over things, so that i don’t miss God around me.
As i run around saying ‘God, where are you’, He may very well be waiting to speak to me through the people and things i go past everyday, only i’m going to quickly to notice!

 Peter talks about mercy in his latest post:

I believe Mercy is our last best hope. Justice is good, it is desirable – and God is a just God. We get angry when we see injustice. But I am so glad that it does not stop there.

For by the strictures of justice, I am condemned, and justly so. I do not desire justice, not for me. Were the heart of love only about justice and law there would be no hope, not for any of us, especially in this day and age….

Read it all here: Mercy « The Age To Come

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:35-38

If I only read one blog, Father Stephen’s “Glory to God for All Things” would probably be THE one. Uplifting, thought-provoking, moving – his posts are a welcome part of the day. Today’s post “The God of the Waters” is a good example:

….To stand by a lake and shout the word of God, to call His name over the waters, is like standing in the midst of Hades and shouting, “Ally, ally, in come free!” (I know there are hundreds of innovations of that child’s call that ends the game of hide and seek – this was our Southern variant). But there is a word of hope being called out to creation that shares in our bondage. This lake, these trees, these sluggish winter fish, all will be partakers of the glorious liberty of the sons of God. This is God’s promise and it is a joy to stand outside and shout it.

Do read it all!

Sometimes I’m most thankful just to be able to pray. If I could not pray, how could I live in this world? How could I stand this good life knowing the terrible things that so many are suffering right now, if I couldn’t beg God’s help for them? There are things we can do sometimes, and we have to take action where we see needs, but so much of it is too much, the knowledge of it alone would crush me if God didn’t let me pray and know that the prayer alone DOES somehow help.

James 5:15,16

15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.