Birthdays

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A thought on birthdays .  Each year I thank the Lord for my two births; for the Lord selecting my wonderful parents for my physical birth, and Jesus for my ‘born again’ salvation birth.

Psalm 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (NIV)

John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. (NIV)

The Lord’s voice

Have you ever wondered what the Lord’s voice sounds like?  The Bible speaks of a ‘voice’ greater than mankind; such as Psalm 29:7 “The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning”.

As a Christian I must always remember that the Lord speaks to us in many ways.

This past weekend, several things happened that were not ‘coincidences'; they were events that I heard the voice of the Lord speaking to me:

On Friday as I sat thinking about what to post, eventually Proverbs 15:17 for some unknown reason seemed appropriate: Better a small serving of vegetables with love, than a fattened calf with hatred.

Then on Sunday, I was surprised and delighted that the sermon topic dealt with the Lord’s message in the Bible that families, tribes, cultures, and, yes, Christians bond around the table; people who are unfriendly to each other do not eat together.

On Sunday morning, before going to church, while saying a prayer before eating breakfast, for some reason I thought about the health of our Rector, who recently had back surgery.  He had taken time away from the altar and the church office to recover; and I thought he had healed weeks ago.  Yet, I added his name to those who I explicitly prayed for by name.

When I arrived for Sunday’s service, the Rector was not there; our Assisting Priest conducted the three services for the day.  It was explained that our Rector was still in pain from the surgery and was told by the lay leadership to put his own needs at the top of the ever growing church to-do list and take time off for a full recovery. (My prayers are with you.)

The Lord’s voice is far more than vocalized words.  Next time you see a fellow parishioner smile a welcome to a visitor to your church; hear a small child’s laughter, or marvel at a beautiful rainbow…listen.

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An added ‘coincidence’:  This morning, prior to posting this, I was delighted to read Shannon Elizabeth Moreno’s Revelations in Writing post that includes in the concluding prayer “…help us to slow down and listen for Your voice”.

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A special prayer for Skye, of The Sanctuary of My Heartwho has been away from the Christian blogosphere for at least three weeks.