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It is with great pleasure that I get to share a story by my beloved bride. A great reminder for all of us on what is really important in life!
From my family to yours,
Author Michael T. Powers
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"Even While We Sleep"
by Kristi Powers
Last night, while my eyes couldn't hold back the sleep that claimed them, my middle boy, Connor, prayed. Maybe that doesn't seem like a lot. But it is. It is the number one thing we can give to others. Our prayers. So while the sleep claimed me, he prayed for those dearest and nearest to his heart. As hearts are heavy with burden, he prayed. He wept with those who wept and mourned with those who mourned.
When one of Connor's best friends married, he was the first to help, the last to leave. He kept telling me over and over "I am so happy for them. Everyone should be so happy for them." I had never witnessed a groomsman so happy for another to marry. The joy was full in his heart. He rejoiced with those who rejoiced.
A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from one of our former youth. She had heard some devastating news to good friends of hers. Their son died. Tragic. Way too young. Gone in an instant. That former youth packed up her young family and drove many miles to attend the funeral. When she got there and saw the Dad of the son who died, he almost collapsed. The sobs. The hugs. The look on his face. She will never forget it. She mourned with one who mourned and wept with one who wept. She asked me, "Why don't people go out of their way to be there for people who are hurting, it seems anymore?"
I answered her with this: It makes us feel uncomfortable to mourn. Our own lives and our choices flow past our eyes. We then can't face that, so we withdraw. It comes off feeling hurtful and painful for the one who is grieving. For all they need is your presence. Your hug. Your hand.
In the same way, we can't rejoice with others. We look at our own lives compared to others. Instead of rejoicing, we envy. When we see a vacation, a new house, car, or relationship even, we let envy or competition take the place of what should be there instead, JOY.
So let me ask you. When was the last time you felt any kind of joy? Or has the root of bitterness risen up and choked all the joy from your life? Can you just be thankful for life, love, breath?
And equally, when was the last time you mourned with those who mourn? When was the last time, when you knew someone was hurting, that you bought them a coffee and heard their pain or sat and held their hand as they cried? Do you shy away from funerals and grieving and loss solely because you are so fixated with self?
If we are honest, WE are the problem. We don't have to look any further than the mirror to find our root. We envy. We compete. We covet. We can't seem to get over ourselves long enough to see around us.
Last night, while I slept. That boy I know showed me the way. I do not deserve all that God has given me. But I am thankful every day he saw fit to bless my life with them.
What are you thankful for? Who can you bless today? Who can you help today?
You will never regret the moments you step out from the mirror and step into another's life. Ever. Trust me.
Who is God calling you to rejoice with today? Who is God calling you to weep and mourn with?
God bless us all as we learn and grow. Even while we sleep....
Creation Q & A
Q: Aren't the days of Genesis 1 just an issue of language?
A: The true meaning of the days of creation is, in part, a language issue. After all, the only way words have meaning to all of us is because we stick to the rules of grammar for a particular language. But many people--including some Christian leaders--want to change the rules when it comes to the meaning of the days of creation.
The word "day" as used in Genesis 1, according to the rules of the Hebrew language, means an ordinary day in that particular context.
Yet even though most theologians agree that the word "day" in Genesis 1 means a 24-hour day, many say it can't mean that because the universe is obviously billions of years old.
By doing this, they are actually saying that the fallible dating methods of fallible man are more important than the actual words of the Bible that God inspired people to write. Thus they're making man the authority--not God.
Yes, this is an authority issue. The Word of God should be read as written and used to judge the fallible words of man--not the other way round!
Thought For The Day "Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it."--Doug Larson Verse for the Day "I would have you learn this great fact: that a life of doing right is the wisest life there is. If you live that kind of a life, you'll not limp or stumble as you run ." --Proverbs 4:11,12 Kid's Thought For The Day "Where you're going is more important than where you stand." Parent's Thought For The Day "Children are natural mimics - they act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners." Coach's Thought For The Day "Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough."--George Washington Carver Deep Thought For The Day "If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around."