13 July 2018

This 'n' That

There are nights when I turn off my lights, ready to drift into (hopefully) sound sleep, and I realize that my room is still bright, awash with the glow of the moon. Other nights, I awaken in the wee hours of the morning wondering who is shining a flashlight in my face, only to recognize that another beautiful, full moon is beaming through the panes and the blinds.

Thankfully, the light doesn’t keep me awake, and I almost welcome the heavenly radiance. Night can be a time when our trials overwhelm us, when the “what-ifs” can dominate our waking and sleeping thoughts, and when regrets or doubts seem to gain the most traction in our tired minds. Waking to find my room gleaming with the moon’s brightness reminds me that I serve—and indeed am a daughter of by gracious adoption—the One who Himself is light!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5)
Even the blackest night is pierced by the light of the moon and the stars. And, at the risk of overusing a tired analogy, even in the darkest moments of our lives, the light of Christ shines through. Further still, the brightness of His beams reminds us even in the joyful times that He is sovereign and that He watches over and cares for His own.

God is transcendent, high, and lofty, yet personal and near to His children. He is not disconnected from our lives. He is indeed the Light.

Well, it looks like tonight we'll have a new moon, a supermoon, in fact, though it sounds like there won't be much for us to see. Regardless of what the night brings, I hope you’ll take a few moments today to relax and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Because Jesus said, "I will build my church...by embracing technology solutions." Wait...that's not right.
  • Michelle Lesley's repost on church growth is rather appropriate in light of the above.
  • HT to Amy for finding these amazing kitty pancakes. I need to know how to do this.
  • So, um, here's the latest from Perry Noble. Just ignore it if you enjoy life without his nonsense.
  • I appreciated this article by Pastor Tom Buck on why we need to stop "empowering" women and instead equip them to lead biblically.
  • Start saving your straws before they're outlawed.
  • I'm eager to watch this.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • A certain radio host is still unjustly attacking Justin Peters, a brother in Christ whose ministry I heartily endorse. Justin finally responds.
  • For the Christian, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!
  • Yep, could've seen that one coming.
  • Pastors must teach the truth and expose error.
  • Why should we bother to study the end times?
  • Don't ignore or despise the ordinary moments.
I was thinking that if on a sudden the sun should set in ten-fold darkness, and never should rise again, what a horrid world this would be! If tomorrow the sun should actually die out, and never shine any more, what a fearful world this would be to live in! And then the thought strikes me—;Are there not some men, and are there not some here, who will one day have a total eclipse of all their comforts? Thank God, whatever eclipse happens to a Christian, it is never a total eclipse: there is always a ring of comfort left; there is always a crescent of love and mercy to shine upon him. —Charles Spurgeon

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