Category Archives: Uncategorized

Pray Often

Whoa . . . it’s been so long since I’ve posted on this blog, I discovered that WordPress has changed things up a bit.  Since I’m not savvy about technology, we’ll see whether this actually makes it into cyberspace.

This past week, one of my friends ordered a dozen Simply Refreshing books.

Image

Because I’m busy with other things these days, I’d almost forgotten about this book I’d written a few years back.  Simply Refreshing is a little book in a line of One-Minute-Devotional books – published by Christian Art in South Africa.  I pulled a copy of the book off my shelf, read through a few devotionals, and thought, Why not post a few of these on my blog?  

I’ll begin with one on prayer.

Pray Often

“God knows how often I pray for you.  Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about His Son.  Romans 1:9 (NLT)

How often do you eat?  How often do you collect your mail?  Things we do often are things we do frequently, regularly, again and again.  We tend to make time for things that are important to us – like eating and hobbies.

Prayer is more than important – it’s our lifeline.  Paul, a New Testament apostle, prayed day and night.  Daniel, an Old Testament prophet, prayed three times a day.  Prayer was their source of wisdom, guidance, and strength – things that each of us need daily.

Prayer doesn’t cost money, we don’t need to make an appointment, and there are no limits to how much we can pray.  We can start early and pray often.

God, To know that someone cares about us enough to pray for us touches us deeply.  May we show the same care for others.  Amen.”

Thought: This week, I’ll choose one person/family to pray for, write their name/s somewhere where I’ll see it often, and pray for her/him/them several times each day.   

Blessings,

Ellen

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

John Stott’s U.S. Memorial Service – my reflections

“Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties.  After all, everyone dies – so the living should take this to heart.”  Ecclesiastes 7:2, NLT

One of the most meaningful things I did this past week was attend the U.S. Memorial Service for John Stott, former Rector of All Souls Church in London.  He was a true ambassador of Christ.  Four things in the service stood out to me.

1.  During the prelude, I paged through the bulletin, which was appropriately lengthy .  A lot of people had been asked to take part in this service – Sara Groves, Michael Card, Timothy Keller to name a few . . . The most impressive thing in the bulletin, to me, was printed on the back cover.

John Stott’s Daily Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence

and please you more and more.

Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.

Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and  cause

your fruit to ripen in my life:

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,

Gentleness, and Self-Control.

Holy, blessed and glorious trinity, three persons in one God,

have mercy upon me.

Almighty God,

Creator and Sustainer of the universe,

I worship you.

Lord Jesus Christ,

Savior and Lord of the World,

I worship you.

Holy Spirit,

Sanctifier of the people of God,

I worship you.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever, Amen.

2.  Part of this hero of the faith’s remembrance in the bulletin read: “John Stott loved Scripture, and for over 50 years he read the whole Bible through annually.  It became a pattern to rise at 5:00 am daily to read and pray.”

[Personal reflection here.  Do any of you remember that old television commercial where a few young boys, watching Michael Jordan –  famous Chicago Bulls basketball pro – shooting baskets, said: “I want to be like Mike!”?]           

Well, I want to be like John.

3.  During the memorial service, someone shared one of John’s Stott’s [mischievous] quips:

The English love the Gospel because it gives them something to talk about

The Welsh love the Gospel because it gives them something to sing about.

The Irish love the Gospel because it gives them something to fight about.

The Scottish love the Gospel because . . . it’s free.

4.  One of the last things in the program was a brief and thoughtful message by Tim Keller.  He spoke about the example of John Stott, referencing Hebrews 13:7: “Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God.  Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” 

Tim Keller encouraged us to be:

A.  Convicted by John’s Kingdom vision.

B.  Cautioned by John’s cultural learning curve.  As John traveled, taught, and invested eternally around the world, he was a man who listened, not a man who was myopic.

C.  Chastened by his leadership controversies.  Tim mentioned that although John was a humble man, not everyone agreed with him, and John – like anyone else who stands up for what they believe – sometimes became involved in controversies of one sort or another.  Tim emphasized that even in a controversy, John was always gracious, diplomatic, and irenic.  [That word irenic was new to me.  I came home and looked it up in the dictionary.  It means peace-loving and conciliatory.]

D.  Instructed by John’s great innovations:

– John reinvented expository preaching.  [I remember going to Urbana, 1970 and hearing John Stott preach on John Chapter 13 from the Bible.  Powerful.]

– John was willing to create and organize institutions.

– John forced evangelicals to deal with social injustices.

– John created evangelicalism – seemingly halfway in between fundamentalism and liberalism – being orthodox in doctrine, abreast of scholarship, and accessible to all.

5.  Empowered by the knowledge of his present glory.  [I’m reminded of Hebrews 12:1-2 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”]  Based on what the Bible teaches about heaven, I’m sure that John is worshiping Christ around that throne.

I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the memorial service for John Stott – a hero of the Christian faith to many.  In the days to come, I’ll be pondering the things I heard . . .

Blessings,

Ellen

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Faith in Christ: How do we begin? How do we continue?

Faith in Christ – How do we begin?

This morning, I read:

” . . . it might appear that there is nothing you need to do, or can do, to make salvation a reality for you.  And that is true.  Jesus has done it all.  Nothing you do can improve his work.  Nothing you do adds to God’s acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice.  So how do the benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice become yours?  You accept the gift of salvation by faith, trusting entirely in Jesus for salvation.  You can do that now through a simple prayer: “Dear God, I trust in Jesus alone.  Please forgive my sins through him, and give me the eternal life secured by him.  Amen.”” 

[from the Life Application Study Bible, Hebrews 7:28]

I read those words from the Life Application Study Bible this morning – after I read from Hebrews 7 in my One-Year-Bible, New Living Translation.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I love using the One-Year-Bible.   Each morning, it’s the first thing I read – it’s part of what gets me out of bed early.  My One-Year-Bible has an attractive green and brown cover.  It’s an actual hard-copy Book (also available on eBook) that takes the whole Bible and breaks it up into daily readings.  No hemming and hawing, wondering where will I read today?  All I have to do is open to the particular day of the year – today it was November 6 – and read what’s there.  (Each day there’s a passage from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, one from Psalms, and a verse or two from Proverbs.)

Right next to my One-Year-Bible sits a well-worn copy of the Life Application Study Bible, which happens to be the World’s best-selling Study Bible.  I love using it, too, because after I read in my One-Year-Bible, I like going the next step and asking – What does this mean for me?  What does this mean for my life today?  How does it help me put my life in perspective – in terms of what’s happened in the past, what’s happening now, and what will happen in the future?  Reading in the LASB helps me deal with those questions, and helps explain the verses I’ve just read (for example, Hebrews 7 included verses about how Jesus lives forever, is able to save those who come to God through Him, and intercedes with God on their behalf).  The LASB also helps me think about how those concepts make a difference in my life.

Faith in Christ – How do we continue?

“How can you draw near to God?  The Bible makes it clear that your own body is God’s temple.  Your spirit needs and wants closeness with God.  You want to know the living God personally, not as an idea or concept, not as a distant monarch.  You can draw near to God through prayer, worship, and Bible meditation.  You need not live like a monk, but you probably need more prayer in your life.  The habit of worship has become a convenience to be wedged between sports and other recreations.  Instead, make worship your top priority.  Bible meditation may include verse memory, songs, and quiet personal reading.  The Bible is the word of God for you.  Use it every day and you will draw nearer and nearer to God.” 

[from the Life Application Study Bible, Hebrews 7:19]

Once again, the Life Application Study Bible took some of the verses I’d just read in my One-Year-Bible and helped me to think about them in a personal way.

The initial faith in Christ that I began with, many years ago, is the same faith in Christ I need to continue with today.  I began my relationship with God based on faith in what Jesus had already accomplished – His sacrifice on the cross for me, forgiveness of my sin, and the hope of eternal life with Him.

Today, I continue growing in my relationship with God the same way.  It’s still based on what Jesus accomplished on the cross and what He continues to do today.  Today, seated up in Heaven next to God, Jesus intercedes with God on my behalf.   To think that He does that on my behalf is amazing.  Being reminded of what He has done for me and is presently doing encourages me to continue to live by faith in Him.

Blessings,

Ellen

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

It’s been so long since I’ve written in my blog that I couldn’t remember my password.  After (finally) recalling where I had written it down, I felt motivated to blog again.  The happy feeling of looking at photos from the business trip Jim and I recently took to Ukraine, England, and Germany was yet another motivation.  It’s fun to share our warm and wonderful memories through photos.  And, of course, when we use photos, we don’t need to use so many words.

There were a couple of things I liked about the subway trains in Kiev.

(1) In spite of the fact that they’re old, they’re cool.

(2) You can ride the subway for $.04!  Yep, that’s right – 4 cents.

One of the beautiful Cathedrals in Kiev.  We are pretty sure the gold on top is for real . . .

Even though most of the letters in the Cyrillic alphabet looked somewhat familiar, the language was still ‘Greek’ to us.

The publishing conference we worked/spoke at was held about 45 minutes outside of Kiev, in Irpin.  We walked down the street to the local grocery store to buy bottled water, paper products, and chocolate.  In spite of the fact that the grocery store was so small, they asked us (through sign language) to pay one lady for the water, a different lady for the paper, and yet another lady for the chocolate.   On the way out . . .

this lady would have been happy to sell us some of the Vodka that Ukraine is famous for . . . if we’d wanted it.

On the way back from the grocery store, this was a typical house along the way . . .

as well as a typical car.

.

This is Jim and I with our interpreter, Nadiyka, a very bright young woman who is presently translating George W. Bush’s book, Decision Points, from English into Ukranian.

After Ukraine, we flew to Frankfurt, Germany, for the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Here at the Tyndale booth, Jim, myself, and two of our colleagues spent some very busy days meeting with delightful customers and publishing partners from around the world.

The day after Frankfurt Book Fair (Saturday), Jim and I drove up the Rhein towards Dusseldorf, where we had meetings the next week.  We stopped for several hours in Rudesheim, a lovely little city with lots of vineyards – and delightful cafes.

Rudesheim was so charming that we didn’t want to leave, but we needed to get up to Dusseldorf by Saturday evening.  Sundays in Germany everything closes down, which was good as we needed a day of rest.  On Sunday, we listened to a sermon from our Pastor, Josh Moody, via the internet, spent time reading, and took a long walk along the River.

Sunday evening, we went into Dusseldorf to have dinner.  After dinner, we stood on a bridge over the canal . . .

and captured this photo with my trusty little Coolpix camera.

All day Monday, we met with one of our German publishing partners, Hans-Werner from Haenssler in Witten, where they have now published more than 15,000 copies of Tyndale’s Life Application Study Bible in German.

Driving out of the town of Witten, Germany, this was a rather unusual-looking house we saw along the way.  Whoever lives inside must be very artistic.

There you have it, friends – not a lot of words, but an update on a few of the things we’ve been up to lately.

Blessings,

Ellen

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Psalm 23 . . . All that I Need

I was reading the 23rd Psalm this morning in my One-Year-Bible.

It’s so familiar.

It’s so refreshing.

I thought of other times I’ve read it.  I thought of how I memorized it as a child.  I thought of how encouraging it was to one of my friends, Marty Daily, in the months before she died – 14 years ago today. 

Why is Psalm 23 selected so often to be read at funerals and printed on memorial programs, I wondered.

Maybe because it speaks both to life and to death.   It assures us that with God as our Shepherd, we have all we need for both.  That’s mighty encouraging for family and friends of loved ones who have passed away –  not only in processing the death of people who’ve gone before, but also as we give thought to our own mortality.

“Death casts a frightening shadow over us because we are entirely helpless in its presence.  We can struggle with other enemies – pain, suffering, disease, injury – but strength and courage cannot overcome death.  It has the final word.  Only one person can walk with us through death’s dark valley and bring us safely to the other side – the God of life, our shepherd.  Because life is uncertain, we should follow this shepherd who offers us eternal comfort.”  (Life Application Study Bible, Psalm 23:4)

While reading Psalm 23 this morning, I listed some of the things our kind Shepherd does for us throughout our lives:


~ He leads us

~ He renews our strength

~ He guides us

~ He is close beside us

~ He protects and comforts us

~ His goodness and unfailing love pursue us all the days of our lives (I remember Dr. Daniel Block saying that he imagines two hound dogs here – (1) goodness, and (2) unfailing love – running after us and nipping at our heels for all of our lives.  I love that picture.)

~He assures us that we can live in His house forever

I’m regularly impressed with how perfectly the whole Bible fits together, and I was impressed all over again this morning.  I’ll explain.

Earlier this week, as I read through the end of the book of Genesis, I came across some tender words that grip me every time I read them.  They’re found in Genesis 48:15.  It’s the scene where Jacob knows that he has come to the end of his life, and he offers blessings to his family members as they gather around him.  Not long before he draws his feet into bed, breaths his last, and joins his ancestors in death, he says, “May the God before whom my grandfather Abraham and my father, Isaac, walked – the God who has been my shepherd all my life, to this very day, the Angel who has redeemed me from all harm – may he bless these boys . . . “

Hmmmm . . . there was that Shepherd providing again.

As if that wasn’t beautiful enough, the Psalm for that same day (January 25 in the One-Year-Bible) was Psalm 20, which included a verse about Jacob’s God:

“In times of trouble, may the LORD answer your cry.  May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem.”  Psalm 20:1-2, New Living Translation

Cool, huh?

I like the verses above for several reasons:

~ They’re encouraging

~ They speak to real life – and the reality of death

~ They were spoken by imperfect heroes of faith (David, Jacob) who understood (eventually) how needy they were.  In their neediness, they exercised faith and looked to God.  And God helped them.

~ They leave me with a helpful pattern to follow

The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need.

Are there times that the 23rd Psalm has been especially meaningful to you?

Blessings,

Ellen

Life Application Study Bible, copyright 2004.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  Carol Stream, IL 60188.  All rights reserved.

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Way behind on my blog . . .

Yep, definitely behind.

In my last blog, I said I’d be making a post on a recent trip to Europe and the UK.  One advantage of having waited so long is that I now have two trips to Europe and the UK that I can tell you about.  One was in the fall, and one was a few weeks ago.  The first trip was for work, and the second was to visit family.

 

Working at Frankfurt Book Fair (Oct 2010)

Riding the UBahn in Vienna with family (12/2010)

People sometimes ask if I keep a diary of my trips hither and yon.  No, I don’t, but I do take a lot of photos.  The photos help remind me of where I’ve been, who I’ve spent time with, and things about the trip that I don’t want to forget.  I’ve never regretted taking a photo, but there are a few times I’ve regretted not taking a photo . . .

Like the time – about ten years ago – when Jim and I were in London and wanted to get a shot of us in front of a group of UK telephone booths.  We were close to the financial district that particular day.  As a middle-aged gentleman came walking down the street, I held up my camera and asked him if he’d please take a photo of us standing in front of a group of phone booths.  He seemed happy to help.  After he snapped the photo, he said, “So you like these red phone booths, do you?”  He proceeded to tell us that his great-great grandfather, Giles Gilbert Scott, was the architect who designed the red phone booths.  Out of all the people in London we might have asked to take that photo, it was one of Giles Gilbert Scott’s relatives!  Ten minutes later, when we were riding the tube to our next appointment and I was pondering what had just happened, I had one of those “DUH!” moments.  Why hadn’t I taken a photo of Giles Gilbert Scott’s great-great grandson in front of those phone boothsAnd why hadn’t I captured his first name? I’m still kicking myself for that missed opportunity.

One of our many UK phone booth photos

Our October trip to the UK and Europe was a business trip.  We began in London, making visits to the headquarters of several Book Store Chains in the UK, one of which was Waterstone’s.  We always enjoy wandering through Waterstone’s Bookstores, and we’re grateful to be making progress in getting more NLT (New Living Translation) Bibles onto some of their shelves.

One of the Waterstone's Bookstores we visited

 

small Bible section at a big Waterstone's

After our meetings in London, we headed up to Carlisle (almost to the Scotland border) to visit publishing friends at one of Tyndale’s largest accounts – STL.  On our four-hour-or-so drive headed north, we saw the English Countryside,

English countryside

and we got our first glimpse of the Lake District, where we stopped for dinner.  We had – you guessed it – Fish n’ Chips.

Lake District at sunset

After a full schedule of meetings and presentations at STL (Carlisle) the next day, our publishing friends took us out to a wonderful Thai Restaurant.

Dinner with STL friends

After finishing our business in the UK, we flew over to Frankfurt, where we had over 60 appointments in 3 days at the Frankfurt Book Fair.  It’s always a marathon, and it’s a marathon we love.  What a privilege – to meet with publishing friends from all over the world.

Frankfurt, Germany

After working three days at the Frankfurt Book Fair and going strong from 5 in the morning till 10 at night, it was fun to be quiet and drive north up the Rhine on the way to our next appointment in Witten, near Dusseldorf.  At just about every bend in the river, we seemed to spot another castle, vineyard, or interesting structure.

driving up the Rhine

We stopped at a vineyard along the way and bought a bag of what I thought were huge grapes . . . only to find out that I had purchased small plums.  Mmmmm-mmmmm.  So sweet and juicy.  It was a pleasant surprise.

plums that I thought were grapes

We were in Dusseldorf for only a day and a half, and wish we could have stayed longer.  It’s a beautiful city along the river.

the river in Dusseldorf

We spent Sunday afternoon walking around the old part of the city.

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf, Old City

Monday, we enjoyed our meetings with Hans-Werner Durau from SCM, our partner in publishing the NLT Bible in German (known as the NLB there).  They first published it a few years ago, and have already sold almost half a million copies.

with Hans-Werner Durau after our meetings

Just before we left Dusseldorf to fly home, it seemed appropriate to capture a photo of this sign:

Oh my . . . this is getting to be a very long post.  Now that I’m into it, I’ll just keep going.  Are you ready for the next trip?

Our second trip to Europe was to see family – yeah!  Our oldest son, Chad, teaches in Vienna, and back in 2009, he asked us if we would travel there for Christmas in 2010.  Although it didn’t work out for us to actually be there over Christmas, we used our frequent flier miles and found flights from Dec 28 until a few days after New Years Day.   We were also able to use FF miles to get Jordan over to Vienna from South Korea, where he teaches.  Given all the snowstorms that were halting air traffic in Europe around Christmas time, it was a miracle that all of our flights flew at exactly the times they were supposed to, for which we were incredibly grateful.  We were sad that Nate and Brit and Jensen couldn’t be with us – they are expecting baby #2 any day, and couldn’t travel.  We visited them a couple of weeks ago, and look forward to seeing them again soon when little Bella is born.

We spent our first day and a half in Vienna with Chad, as Jordan’s flight hadn’t yet arrived.  We began making visits to some of the famous Vienna cafes – we aimed to do one a day.

Coffee and pastries at a Vienna cafe

Just to clarify, the Santa Claus in the photo was a leftover decoration from Christmas – no person inside those red pants.

That first day in Vienna, we visited the National Library, which has an astounding collection of old books of all shapes and sizes.  It looks a little like the amazing library in the movie Beauty and the Beast, except it’s for real.

National Library, Vienna

On the morning of December 30 – the day after Jordan arrived – we rented a car and drove to Salzburg, where we spent one night and half of the next day.  On our way to Salzburg, we stopped for a few hours at one of the WWII Concentration camps, Matthausen.  It was so sad and sobering.  I took no photos of that visit, yet the haunting images remain . . .

We arrived in Salzburg in the evening, and this is what our walk in the city looked like:

Salzburg, along the river

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner that evening at a typical Austrian Restaurant – Eulenspiegel.

dinner in Salzburg

close-up of delicious Viennese food

the drive back from Salzburg to Vienna

Back in Vienna on New Year’s Eve, we continued our visits to some of the well-known cafes.

Cafe Ritter

the coffee is served on fancy little trays

Sometimes we ordered apple strudel or pastry - lots to choose from

one cafe still had their gingerbread house on display

During our week in Vienna, we spent one afternoon at the aquarium, which used to be an anti-aircraft building at the time of World War II.

cool to see our Creator's handiwork up close

This guy's (gal's?) colors were amazing

first time I'd seen a yellow snake with turquoise markings

We had such a good time being with Chad and Jordan, and were sad that the week passed so quickly.

waiting for the UBahn, the night before we had to say good-bye 😦

Our frequent-flier-flight back home routed us through London, which was fine with us!  We took advantage of the opportunity to ride the tube into the city and enjoy tea and scones.

Tea, scones, clotted cream, and jam

another UK phone booth shot, minus those crazy Elwells

We headed back to Heathrow before returning home to Chicago.

Grateful hearts full of wonderful memories

There you have it – our most recent escapades.  One of the reasons I’ve had time to document our trips is that Jim and I both picked up some kind of hacky bronchial cold somewhere in our travels, which forced us to slow down a bit.  Cold winter days aren’t such a bad time to be inside with lots of hot tea and a few good books.  Last week, I read The Brotherhood, a new Tyndale novel by Jerry Jenkins, set in Chicago – a story about a Chicago cop/detective.  It was a fantastic read.  I think it has great potential to sell internationally, too.  After all, gangs and gangsters are part of what the Windy City is known for, right?

Another book I read this past week was Tim Pawlenty’s book, Courage to Stand. Pawlenty is the former Governor of Minnesota, and I hope that he runs for President of the United States in the next election.  He’s smart, principled, funny, wise, courageous, and persevering.  If you can get your hands on a copy of the book, I highly recommend it.

Well, friends, that’s all for now.  Hope your new year is off to a good start.

Blessings,

Ellen

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Getting rid of old clothing

If anyone is wondering where my blog about our recent trip to Europe and the UK is, it’s coming!  I’m working on it . . .

In the meantime, it’s been great to be around the house for awhile.  My house needs for me to be around a while.  After our trips to Asia and Europe, I had more stacks of this and that around the house than Heinz has pickles.  So the last couple weeks I’ve been going through some of those stacks, weeding things out, and putting them in their proper places.  I still have more to do, but I’m making progress, and making progress feels good.  The hardest part for me is getting started.

Last week, I went through my bedroom closet and dresser drawers – to set aside things I don’t need.  My usual rule of thumb is that I give away – or get rid of – anything I haven’t worn in a year or so.  Then, I bag up the items I want to give away and take them to Twice is Nice – a neat place my church runs.  There, they go up for sale (for a very reasonable price), and the proceeds are donated to a local Christian community center.   It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

So what was in this pile of things that I cleared out of my closet?

– Long underwear (Don’t need it . . . I’m always warm . . . I carry my heater everywhere I go)

– A belt (I’m a matron now – I like to wear my tops out)

– Warm slippers from New Zealand (Being that I’m always warm, I like to wear flip-flops in the house – even in the middle of winter)

– Christmas socks (The last two years I thought I might wear them, but alas, I haven’t)

– Earrings I wore once.  Those earrings I bought in the Singapore airport . . .  the ones with the little orchids inside . . . I guess they weren’t as great an idea as I originally thought.  [Note to self:  When considering a purchase, make sure it rates around a 10 – or I might not use or wear it much later.]

– Skirts, pants, blouses and sweaters that I haven’t worn in a year or two

While I was working on this project of going through my closet, I read the following New Testament verses from my One-Year Bible (Oct. 30):

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands.  They will perish, but you remain forever.  They will wear out like old clothing. You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing.  But you are always the same; you will live forever.”  Hebrews 1:10-12

As if that wasn’t curious enough, I turned to the Old Testament reading for that same day and read: “Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands.  They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing.  You will change them like a garment and discard them.  But you are always the same; you will live forever.”  Psalm 102:25-26

At first, I thought – wait a minute – didn’t I just read those verses? Yes, I had. I double-checked.  The verses in Hebrews are a quote from the Psalms, and those same verses appear twice in the One-Year Reading for Oct. 30 – once in the OT and once in the NT.  Very cool . . .

One of the many things I like about reading from the Bible each morning is that there are so many references to things in real life that are easy to understand.  (As Mark Twain said, “It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.”)

Clothes wear out.  Yep, we know that.  Some of us wish we had purchased two of those favorite pants that fit us so well . . . God, however, never wears out.  He is always the same.   That is good for us to remember all the time.  It is especially good for us to remember when things around us are changing – which it seems is most of the time, here on earth.

Blessings,

Ellen

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized