The Best of All He Is

Our daughter is about to leave for full-time missions. It may sound silly but I smiled as I pulled the stale waffles out of the refrigerator. They are summer memories of three of our adult children in the kitchen eating one of their favourite foods.

We were saving them to toast, but forgot them in the back of the top shelf. Now I fear they may choke the toaster.

As I dump them out of their plastic storage bag, I can hear my daughter downstairs, stuffing her duffle bag full.

What have we gotten rid of in our lives in order to pour into our children, the very best of all He is?

Life is full of object lessons. Life is a series of getting rid of the garbage and filling our souls with nutrients.

“Train up a child in the way he should go…..” Prov. 22:6

Ephesians 4:22 – 24, setting aside the old life and being renewed.

Grant my children godly discernment and wisdom to know not what, but whom to hold onto.

 

Remembering El Salvador….

I never thought I’d go, and now I’m memorizing every face and every street in case I don’t get back, so I will not forget.

photo-2016-11-02-8-14-54-amThe bus climbed the green filigree mountain, up and over the winding road into Victoria’s town square. I marveled at how the driver magically maneuvered around each narrow street corner. We were living in a movie. We had entered an enchanted fairytale, surrounded by Spanish adobes, and ornamented arches with scrolled barred window frames. I felt like Lucy stepping through the wardrobe’s portal into the land of Narnia.

In Victoria, El Salvador
we found something better than a fantasy novel full of talking animals in a frozen forest. We met family in a tropical jungle of bamboo and bananas, oranges and lemons, flowers and chickens. We played with children and attempted to learn the women’s tortilla technique. We shared stories wrapped in two different languages, sweating under November’s heavy hot sun.

We built houses together, pointing, laughing, digging and pounding. We walked to tasty rice and bean breakfasts, and scrumptious Pupusa dinners in the yellow restaurant where San Salvador’s volcano can be seen smiling through the mist from the end of the street.

We prayed, and worshipped together bringing glory to the Father, and fire to our faith. We fell in love with kindred spirits and trusted when we had to tear ourselves away that one day we would meet again, whether here on earth or in eternity.

Gracias, Gracias, Gracias, to everyone of you. Many of your names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, and also on our hearts.

 

Your People are My People

This past Easter weekend was memorable for all the wrong reasons, and yet one phone call from a friend started the healing process, and reminded me of how powerful the spiritual bond of God’s family is.sunrise_church_198854

My family all got hit with a severe flu, and we were unable to attend a musical production, as well as our traditional Easter Service.  I was too sick to even move let alone imagine taking in the celebrations. When the dust settled, and the weekend was over – I cried, because I missed out on spending quality time with God’s family.

There are many wonderful, noteworthy organizations in our community that emulate incredible friendship, and camaraderie, but “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24b NKJV). The family He is binding together in perfect unity with his love (Col 3:14) is beyond measure. He holds tightly to our right hand, we have nothing to fear (Isaiah 41:13). As the Father sent him, he is sending us (John 20:21) to share his love with the world.

This morning I awoke and began to sing out of gratitude for God’s presence and gifts in my life.

“Your People are My People” ©Cindy Palin, March 31, 2016

Verse 1

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My table is with you, in your house O Lord

Your people are my people, and we are yours

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Bind us fast O Lord, for your purpose alone

Hold us tight O Lord in your arms

Send us forth O Lord, for your love to be shown

As we lift your name on high until you call us home.

Verse 2

My laughter is with you, in the house of the Lord

Your people are my people, and I am yours

My weeping is with you, in your house O Lord

Your people are my people, and we are yours

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