Purity 404 04/28/2021 Purity 404 Podcast
Today’s video of these man made “waterfalls” was captured by yours truly at the entrance of the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio Texas on Sunday as I left the Alamo and ventured across the street to explore Riverwalk.
San Antonio’s Riverwalk is a bustling tourist attraction that features all kinds of museums, shops, restaurants, taverns, and other activities that make it “the number one attraction in Texas”. I didn’t know anything about Riverwalk when I went there but I decided to check it out for a while since I was in town. After a short walk along its shores I decided that it was a little too touristy for me.
I’m not into shopping in general and that especially for applies to souvenirs. I don’t think that cheap, or not so cheap, trinkets are the best way to remember the places we visit.
I also don’t drink alcohol and lately have been trying to be more moderate in the things I eat. Riverwalk’s festive atmosphere that beckons you to eat, drink, and be merry was actually a turn off for me. So after about a half hour of exploration, I decided to leave the Riverwalk behind. It’s a good thing I decided to leave when I did and not just press on because apparently it would take 5 to 6 hours to walk the full length of Riverwalk!
Today’s video and my short experience at Riverwalk reminds me of the 1994 TLC song “waterfalls” whose chorus reminds us to:
“Don't go chasing waterfalls” and to “stick to the rivers and the lakes that” we're used to. It warns us about having things our own way and that we might be “moving too fast”.
For a pop song it gives good advice. It warns of the dangers of chasing intangible dreams with no thought of the consequences, specifically the dangers of getting easy money with drug dealing and the dangers of easy love, warning of HIV.
Riverwalk could be a good time, but I would caution my friends to consider the consequences to their wallet, their bodies, and their souls. Man loves to manufacture “fun” for a cost but sometimes that “fun” turns into slavery and costs a lot more than the price of admission.
Going on a walk with God on the other hand tends to lead to peace and joy that goes beyond all understanding. It leads to a new life that is defined by freedom and is free from guilt and shame.
So enjoy your freedom to go where you please in this world but be aware of the consequences of whose wisdom you follow. God as the author of all creation and all truth knows how things work and I recommend you seek His guidance in the way you should go.
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This morning’s meditation verses are:
Psalm 121:5 (NKJV)
5 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
Psalm 119:165 (NKJV)
165 Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
Today’s verses come to us from the devotional “Daily Strength for Daily Needs” by Mary Wilder Tileston. Ms. Tileston apparently wrote her devotional in 1884 and kept things simple. She shared these two verses and the following poem from Charles Wesley:
I rest beneath the Almighty's shade,
My griefs expire, my troubles cease;
Thou, Lord, on whom my soul is stayed,
Wilt keep me still in perfect peace.
So the daily strength we are to draw from these verses and Wesley’s poem is based on the fact that we have peace with God. The verses assure us that the Lord is our keeper, provides us with rest and protection in His shade, and that when we love his law, or his instruction, as the Hebrew word “tora” is also defined, we will never stumble.
Wesley’s poems agrees that when we are under “the Almighty’s shade”, under His protection, in His presence, or in relationship with the Lord, our troubles cease and when we focus on God we find perfect peace.
So no matter where the day takes you today and no matter what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, remember that your relationship with God though your faith in Jesus Christ means that you are covered in the Lord’s shade. That means you are protected and loved. Being in His shade also means that we are continually in His presence.
So keep walking and talking with God. If you grow weary, remember to take a break and to rest in His shade where all your griefs will expire and your troubles will cease, because when we walk with God, we walk in peace.
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Today we continue to share from Dr. H. Norman Wright’s “Experiencing Grief
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Capturing the Memories
Many who grieve are upset even more when they discover some of the memories of their loved one begin to fade. The greater the distance in time from being with a person, the more this will occur. One man who lost his wife after thirty-five years made a decision not to let this occur, which many others are now doing for their loss. He decided to write down every thought or memory that came to his mind about his wife until he had accumulated a thousand of them. He called this his collection of a thousand one-liners, which would give him a complete picture. Perhaps something like this would aid you in your quest to remember.
You have stories about your loved one. So do others. Telling all these stories is a wonderful way to celebrate a life and give as complete a picture as possible of who this person was. Some have found it helpful in processing their grief to ask friends and relatives to share one of their favorite stories about the loved one.
One of the new roles you take on after the loss of your loved one is becoming their historian. You may be the main person to convey to others who your loved one really was. Newspapers carry obituaries, but you probably want others to know more than those basic facts. You are the one to decide what you want the world to know about your loved one. You're creating a biography. And it's not just facts. It's who they were as a person. It's an exploration of a life lived 66 rather than a history. It's capturing the important elements of one's life, commemorating who they were, and giving a testimonial about them.
What you say and how you say it conveys what this person meant to others. At a time when you're ready, consider this possibility. If you do, write about their life-celebrate their life. Give voice to your precious memories. It's what you saw and knew about this person. And remember, others may have a different perspective since we are all important, hopefully growing throughout our life and gradually being conformed to the image of Christ. You may want to create small vignettes and later weave them together into a more complete story. And most important, even though this is for others, it's for you most of all. It gives expression to what you are attempting to hold on to, clarity to the jumbled mixture of memories, and it preserves what will gradually fade in time.
God bless you all!
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