You always show me the path that leads to life. You will fill me with joy when I am with you. You will give me endless pleasures at your right hand.
~Psalms 16:11, NIRV
Pain is temporal, JOY is eternal.
I often wonder what it would have been like to have been one of the twelve disciples. To see Jesus with the eye and hear Him with the ear; to watch Him do miracle after miracle. He had authority over demons, disease, death and even the natural elements like the wind. What did they have to fear with Jesus near? If they got sick, He could heal them; if they got hungry, He could turn stone into bread and water into wine. Even if they suffered a heart attack and died, He could raise them back to life. There wasn’t anything He could not fix and He feared nothing and no one. I can only imagine the anxiety and sorrow they felt when He began talking about returning to the Father. The disciples dreaded the separation, they desperately wanted Jesus to stay with them. He sent His Spirit to abide with us and in us but it is a mystical and spiritual presence. Unfortunately, we feel His presence more at times than others but in heaven His presence will be so real that we will not need faith. His presence will dispel fear like light dispels darkness. What lies ahead of us is infinitely greater than anything that lies in our past. Sorrow may endure for a night but JOY comes in the morning.
- Wow! December is zooming by, it always does. I’m not going to get my building ready by Christmas, maybe by New Years.
- I have a mild dilemma today. Should I work on my cabinets which I have to do outside because I don’t have a shop or should I go visiting. Big Mama says rain is coming and all my equipment is outside. I need a 48 hour day and a steroid shot.
- For Breakfast, I had a bologna and egg sandwich with mustard. I think it would have been better with mayonnaise.
- CHRISTMAS EVE COMMUNION at 6:00 pm.
- CHRISTMAS Day worship at 10:15, no nursery, no children’s church, no donuts.