Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Future

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! this is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! The wind has already increased and the leaves are falling like raindrops, so the weather forecast was accurate today. This is a result of the long line of severe weather north of us, and which will be turning our summer like weather into a short taste of winter again. I should have swept off the porch before the wind picked up, but it would be an exercise in frustration to try it now. I had thought my yard man would come a couple days ago, like he said, but I guess something came up, so he did not show. It is easier for him to blow the leaves, than for me to sweep.

There was a city car parked outside my house for quite a while this morning, for some reason. I watched for a few minutes, but saw no signs of life, and pretty soon it was gone. Hmm. Wonder what is going on...Speaking of neighborhood goings on,; there is a man who lives a block and a half from me, who drives a long haul truck for a living, He was gone for Thanksgiving, but home for Christmas, and now is gone again. I think he is on the road for a month, and then gets a month off. The cab says he drives out of Chicago, so he must see lots of snow and bad weather., For some reason, I am really interested. I used to see him running full steam all over the area when he was home, but he does not do that any more. Wish I lived closer so I could get acquainted with him and his wife.

When I drove into the park yesterday, I saw two large, flat, black, wet turtles on the bank of the weir...not together. One was on the grassy bank some distance away from the one on the weir, I mean flat on the concrete! Not so many people were there, but the ibis were doing their usual job of pecking all over. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

 How can hope for the future help me live today?

Romans 8:18-25
What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God's curse. All creation anticipates the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all Creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And even we Christians although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan  to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children. including the new bodies he has promised us. Now that we are saved we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if  you already have something, you don't need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don't have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.

We have strength and courage to face the trials and suffering of this life because we can look beyond them to the glory God has in store for us.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,