Sunday Collectives 2/02/15 – 2/08/15
The rising bubble of my New Year enthusiasm was burst last week when I read a prayer in the Imitation of Christ. It terrified me. Does it scare you too? (Misery loves company.)
Purely as a scientific experiment, pray the following words out loud (or under your breath if your spouse is nearby and already suspicious of your sanity). I’m curious how it speaks to you.
“To the Unknown God.”
This city was like Boston and New York both rolled into one. Boston, because of its history and all the scholars and philosophers there; New York, because of its impact on commerce, culture, information and city life. Athens was the cultural and learning Mecca of the ancient Western world. Philosophers by the hundreds would engage in ancient “show and tell” sessions that would last days, even weeks!
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and lay bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
I came across a very beautiful flower known as the Diphylleia grayi or the Skeleton flower. This flower is native to Japanese woodland and doesn’t like the light. A similar version called the White Lady grown found in Hawaii also takes on a very transparent or vein like appearance when touched by the rain….
2015 – Are you ready?
I’m about as “ready” as these squirrels outside hopping around searching for those nuts they buried last fall – if they could just remember where they buried their food ~ all that hard work will not be in vain I’m sure.
I quit making new year’s resolutions about the same time I was in the hospital wondering if I should plan on coming home or not – and someone told me that the best way to make God laugh –
13-15 And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” – James 4:13-15
A New Year… it may be a year filled with new business and old leftover business…
As you read these stories, place yourself in the writer’s shoes. Ask yourself, “how many times have I been there?”
Imagine if you really could do what the writer wishes they could do. Imagine having what is pictured at the end of the story. Then consider the very question at the end, and we invite you to place your imagination in action by accepting our challenge.
Wednesday was no different than any other day, except by the end of the day I definitely knew I was missing something that I wished I desperately had access to, that day…