Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the stormy, rainy, day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! It took a cold front to bring the rain we sorely needed, but God's timing is always right. The temperature is already dropping from the 72 degrees when I took the dumpster down to the driveway...in the rain.
The front yard is full of large and small branches, broken from the oak trees. If the rain stops, I will pick them all up and stick them in the trash.
We drove through the very dry park yesterday and saw a black ibis. At least, I think it was an ibis! I had never seen a black one before. There weren't many people out, because it was very warm and windy and school was not out yet, but the trees were reflected in the water, along with the anhingas, And a picnic table was full with family enjoying their lunch. God is good!
From Hymns from the Family of God:
In God's sight a person is the most precious of all values. This truth possessed Jesus and never let Him go. He thought it, taught it, and lived it with full devotion. He illustrated it with stories of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.
Every individual is inherently worthful to the Father--every child everywhere, of every race, of every condition. Love requires response, and parenthood craves companionship and cooperation. Therefore every human being on this globe is indispensable to God, indispensable in the sense that God can never be fully Himself without loving comradeship, and He can never complete His work without faithful cooperation from every individual everywhere.
Jesus taught and lived the twin truths that man needs God and God needs man, which is to say, parents and child are so bound together that cleavage is disastrous. No idea could be further from the mind of our Lord than the persistent doctrine that God is so transcendent, so holy, so sovereign that He is unknowable, inaccessible, and unresponsive. In the prayer which He taught His disciples, Jesus makes it clear that men should carry all their needs to the Father, even a petition for the satisfaction of daily bodily requirements. Jesus knew men to be frail, sinful, easily corrupted, sometimes monstrously depraved, capable of cruel and atrocious behavior- but always, always, always a child of God, and, even when a prodigal, indispensable to the lonely and yearning heart of the Fatherl
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,