The Glory Restored


I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily.

~Hosea 14:5, NLT


Are you in peril through some crushing affliction? Seek communion with Christ and you will receive strength to carry on.

~Charles Cowman

Charles Cowman had a garden behind his house and there was one particular flower that he was admiring. A terrific storm hit and the beautiful flower was pounded into the sod. Charles thought to himself, “I will have to wait until next year to again see this flower in all of its radiant beauty.” He went to bed that night believing it would be close to a year before he would see this flower in full bloom. But the next morning the sun popped out and he witnessed a miracle of sorts. The warm rays of the brilliant sun lifted the flower from the ground: slowly, the flower as if reaching for the sun, rose to its original height. The sun was looking at the flower and the flower was gazing at the sun and before the day was done, the glory of the flower reappeared. It held up its head, opened its petals and regained its glory. Charles was amazed: such a feeble and frail little flower coming in contact with the gigantic and powerful sun and thereby being made strong and glorious once again.

The moral is clear: you and I are the feeble and frail flower and Jesus is the sun. Get alone with Christ. Seek communion with Him and He will renew your strength. There is one other lesson: want to know what a human full restored would look like–it would be Jesus the perfect man. We will never be HIM but one day, we will be like HIM.

First of all, let me say that June is home and doing as well as can be expected. She is very sore and tired. She is not eating or drinking enough. Holly is helping me and this allowed me to get a few minutes in my office. I just want to let you know that BLOGS may be late every day for a while. Some days there may be no blog at all.

A couple of things on my heart that I want to share:  Whitey Holbert had a stroke Sunday morning after parking lot worship and he was promoted last night. Our sympathy to Kellie and Cynthia and all the grands. Whitey was a good friend and I will miss him.  Also, Becky texts this morning: Terry rested better but there is no change. He is still in a coma. Please pray for Becky. Also, Jean Smith had to return to Vanderbilt so pray for Jean and Perry. Mrs. Edith Bennich fell Saturday night and is in the Hospital at Cullman. She is going from there to rehab. I had this  blog ready yesterday and hit the post button but it did not post. Hopefully if will go out today.

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