It immediately brings back those weeks ahead of Christmas when the Sears and Montgomery Ward holiday catalogs would be delivered, and my sister and I would dog-ear the pages and circle images of toys we wanted for Christmas.
And yet we knew that out of the dozen or so things we marked we were only allowed to have one.
Just one wish...
This seems to be a trend in preaching today. A preacher becomes enamored with an idea they have picked up from the Word and after reflecting on the meaning of the scripture they have read or studied, a sermon is born.
Nothing wrong with that, right?
Yes, yes - I've heard lots of things about singleness and how lonely it all is. Quotes, pictures, advice, instruction. Some of it good. Some of it tiresome.
But solitude does have it's advantages. I'm guessing people are so conditioned to thinking that "normal" means you are always with someone that they rarely consider the upside of being alone.
Maybe some need to take time to "count their blessings" and among them - they are single - consider the advantages that come from a solitary life.
It's one of those small paperback books you pick up and think, "I could have done this..."
Only you know it is so clever, you never could have pulled everything together and made it understandable.
The premise is taking ideas of things God can NOT do, and prove them using scripture. It's like trying to see something positive by understanding its negative. In other words, I read the thought and consider the associated scripture, and smile realizing it's absolutely true.
I like that...
The message of this song... Wow!
O my soul, you are not alone
There's a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day; He will make a way
Let Him show you how
you can lay this down
'cause you're not alone.
The story behind this song can be found here.
Remember the battle of Carlton Drive?
It continues. Several weeks ago one of Carter Lumber's delivery trucks ignored the posted signs of "No Parking". I tried letting the truck driver know, but he ignored my shouts and horn toots to try and rouse him from his truck's cabin. I tried calling the local police, but the officer informed me that unless they were blocking traffic or parked on my own land, there really was nothing they could do.
C. S. Lewis was famous for his spiritual allegories which he wrote for children. So much so, that as children read the books, they would write letters to him about the world of Narnia he had created. Some of his answers, gathered in his Letters to Children contain great and encouraging words. His encouragement about writing is simple yet very insightful.