Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Quiet Game

When my children were young and things would get a bit loud, out of hand or “noisome”  while we were confined to the car together, I would issue an edict that they would now “Practice being Quiet.” It likely fooled them at first into thinking this was a new game. But it quickly became an effective, if not beloved, means of calming everybody down and quieting the atmosphere in the vehicle.
“You look out of that window,” I would tell one of the girls, and “You look out of that [the opposite] one,” I would say to the other.  “Now…practice being quiet!”
The imposed solitude didn’t have to last long but usually worked to help restore order.
Ask them. They’ll tell you. 

I try it now on my grandchildren on occasion. It is NOT their favorite game. 
It’s the middle of April, almost the end of my semester, indeed the academic year. By now I’ve heard all I want to hear and certainly said all I want to say. I’m weary of the sound of my own voice and suspect of the worth of any more of my own words. I am in need of the Quiet Game.

Practice Being Quiet. Sounds familiar…Where have I heard that before?

be quick to listen, slow to speak  (James 1:19)

Be still [or be silent or rest] before the Lord and wait patiently for him;  (Psalm 37:7)

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.  (Lamentations 3:25-26)

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still [or silent/quiet]. (Exodus 14:14)

After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. (I Kings 19:12)

He [God] says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)     

My response needs to be, like the young Samuel,
      “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (I Samuel 3:10)

                There is surely a lesson in that.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

An Easter Playlist

For so many reasons I love the Easter season...                     

  • The foretelling of Easter in the Old Testament  is fulfilled in the New Testament
  • The drama that is Christmas reaches its climax in the triumph that is Easter
  • The promise of victory over death is sealed with Christ's resurrection and return to the right hand of His Father

The Old Testament said:
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

The New Testament said:
Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him…  John 19: 16-18

The Old Testament said:
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, 
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
  Psalm 16:9-11

The New Testament said:
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
 'The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Luke 24: 6-7

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.  Mark 16:19

An Easter Playlist
I invite you to an awe-inspiring Easter playlist. When finished, I hope your heart will agree that…

He is alive and He is King!  It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming   (Dr. SM Lockridge)  End of the Beginning  (David Phelps)  Sunday’s on the Way   (Carman)   Rise Again  (Dallas Holm)     He is Alive  (Third Day)     He’s Alive  (Dolly Parton)  That’s My King  (Dr. SM Lockridge)

Detail from Found Picture
Found Picture from Granny's Attic
of Gethsemane

“Death Meets His Master,” from Come, Walk with Me: Poems,
Devotionals, and Short Walks Among Pleasant People and Places
McQuaid, Elwood, Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1990.