Breathtaking Moments of Beauty and Their Connection to
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Today’s photo of a work of art displaying the first
light of dawn transforming a gray world with its life-giving light comes to us
from our friend in the UK, Philip Hand who also shared the following poem as he
fondly remembers the people that God put in his life to touch his heart. Philip Hand writes:
my perfect daydream, I'd often escape and sit by the waters of a beautiful
by all the amazing people I've met,
ones you love and never forget.
as diamonds in my memory like the stars on a crystal-clear winter night.
ambitious, witty, and wise, these are the ones that usually surprise.
memories as dreams in my mind; precious people in the landscape of life.
beauty as our moments entwine; existing forever in our moments divine.”
Well, It’s Tuesday, the second day of the new year
and as touching as Philip’s poem is about fondly remembering the people that
have passed through his life, whose memories he can reflect on to find joy in
the present moment, I love Philip he subtly reminds us all, not just about the
brevity and value of our lives and our relationships, but how these breathtaking
beautiful moments with the people we love, that we will never forget, are all a
gift from God.
Hand’s final word is “divine” which means “from God”
and as my purpose in this blog is to point to the “big picture” and the “good
news” of life, I have to remind everyone to give their thanks to the One who
gave us our lives, who gave us our friends and loved ones, and who gave us all
the days (the good and the bad) of our lives.
For the good memories we have, for all the love and happiness we have
ever known, we should thank God.
And if we reflect on the breathtaking beautiful
moments of our lives and how quickly they seem to pass, we should go to the
Lord to ask the “big questions” about this experience of life. Where have my
departed loved ones gone? Is there life after death? How will my life be judged?
How can I find peace with God? How can I experience more beauty and life? What
happens next? What happens after my breathtaking moments end? What happens
The good news is that God loves us, wants us to know
the answers to these questions, wants us to live with Him in breathtaking
moments of beauty forever, and made a Way
for us to do so. God spoke to the
patriarchs, Moses, and the prophets to let us know He was real, present, powerful,
good, and holy and that He would send someone to make His message crystal
clear. Although the Old Testament
scriptures point to salvation through faith alone, God’s plan was to give us a
clear object that we could put our faith in: God the Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus answers all the questions of life and death.
He preached about judgement and hell for those who choose to serve themselves
and reject God’s love and wisdom and He spoke about paradise – a good place –
heaven for those who put their faith in and choose to follow Him.
So as we appreciate the lives we have been given and
the loved ones we have known, let’s not get lost in the remembrance of the
beauty and forget to look at the “big picture” and to thank the One created it
all and let’s demonstrate the love we have for what God has given us by seeking
to have peace with Him and to adopt His ways for living.
It’s a new year, so let’s remember fondly those who
are no longer with us and show our appreciation for those still here, but let’s
also seek to thank God and to enter into the abundant life that He has for us,
here and forever after, by placing our faith in Jesus and telling everyone we
know how their breathtaking moments of beauty can carry on forever.
Let’s let the light of His truth and His love shine in and drive out the darkness. Let’s let His creative power, make us new and give us the peace, love, and joy that never fades away. Let’s appreciate the life we have been given and seek God’s Truth, Way, and Life – in and through faith in Jesus Christ – to experience the abundant life He has for us to live.
Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By
John G. Kruis.
While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google
search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s
work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )
morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Comfort.
Romans 8:31-39 (ESV)
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Today’s verses fall under the
ninth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Comfort.
9. If God is for us, nothing can separate us from his love.
Today’s verses point to the safety and security that we have when we put our faith in Jesus. Philippians 3:20 tells us that we are citizens of heaven and Paul’s words in here Romans seek to expound upon just how sure and secure that citizenship is. Nothing in death or life, or in the supernatural realms can separate us from God’s love. And even though, the early church faced persecution and death for their faith in Christ, “Sheep to be slaughtered”, the Lord gives us this message to assure us that we need not fear and that we are more than conquerors through Christ.
Christ told Martha in
25 … “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.
26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
Martha was shown this to be true with the resurrection of her brother, Lazarus.
And even though Jesus was crucified and died, He rose again to show that He is who He said He was. Jesus is God and Paul and the Apostles witnessed His life after death and they share the message that God’s love for us – saves us and preserves us from death its self.
So do not fear man, or death, because God’s love will keep us all safe and even though we may die, we will live and experience being citizens of heaven, and rulers with Christ for evermore because of the wonders of His love – the love we can never be separated from.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I
always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to
assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we are sharing from “God is in the Manger-
Reflections on Advent and Christmas” – By Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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God is in the Manger – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AND EPIPHANY
Worry about Tomorrow
Possessions delude the human heart into believing
that they provide security and a worry-free existence, but in truth they are
the very cause of worry. For the heart that is fixed on possessions, they come
with a suffocating burden of worry. Worries lead to treasure, and treasure leads
back to worry. We want to secure our lives through possessions; through worry
we want to become worry free, but the truth turns out to be the opposite. The
shackles that bind us to possessions, that hold us fast to possessions, are
themselves worries. The misuse of possessions consists in our using them for
security for the next day. Worry is always directed toward tomorrow. In the
strictest sense, however, possessions are intended only for today. It is
precisely the securing of tomorrow that makes me so insecure today. “Today’s
trouble is enough for today” (Matt. 6:34b). Only those who place tomorrow in
God’s hands and receive what they need to live today are truly secure.
Receiving daily liberates us from tomorrow. Thought for tomorrow delivers us up
to endless worry.
I have had the experience over and over again
that the quieter it is around me, the clearer do I feel the connection to you.
It is as though in solitude the soul develops senses which we hardly know in
everyday life. Therefore I have not felt lonely or abandoned for one moment.
You, the parents, all of you, the friends and students of mine at the front,
all are constantly present to me.… Therefore you must not think me unhappy.
What is happiness and unhappiness? It depends so little on the circumstances;
it depends really only on that which happens inside a person.
Bonhoeffer’s final Christmastime letter to fiancée
Maria von Wedemeyer, December 19, 1944
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we
eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles
who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you
need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his
righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of
its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the
Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas, ed. Jana Riess,
trans. O. C. Dean Jr., First edition. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox
Press, 2010), 82–83.