A great message from Ric Aguayo on Saturday evening 14 March.
want you do to something.
for me, but for you. In fact for us.
your mind on something that is stressing you out, scaring you, causing you
sadness, creating doubts, cheesing you off, leaving you feeling empty or alone,
bringing resentment, harboring regrets, …
hold that one thought close.
back with me now.
God, don’t we have enough concerns in our lives!
Warming / devasting effect of natural disasters,
of our beloved nation,
shootings and the stress it brings,
this public safety emergency and the ways we are adapting…
you need only pay attention to find a message.
beginning radiation for his late stage glioblastoma – three tumors of the
brain. I felt honored that he requested
that Carol and I attend a local church in his area, with his partner Cristine. The
pastor gave a sermon entitled Tangled; talking about being tangled, how we do
it to ourselves, and either are unaware or we forget that if we Seek Ye First
the Kingdom of God all will be given to us … As we affirm weekly from Ephesians
the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and
to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled
with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who by the
power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than
all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in
the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
we need to do is SEEK!
God, don’t we have enough worry in our lives!
a personal level,
for our children or parents,
for our family members, friends, and pets,
5 yards, Piling On!!
very similar message came to me when I noticed a book we have on our living
room table (so often ignored)
the word HELP caught my eye.
ye first God, and all your needs will be given unto you.
struck me in this singular, difficult week that I have been hearing and not
listening, reading but not comprehending, and talking without communicating.
does it take to understand God’s call to Seek God First? To cry Help!?
never about doing nothing. We are adults and as such we take responsibility,
isn’t that what we teach our kids. (Or try to).
is more about taking God-action.
Psalmist is giving us a Wake Up Call:
My soul thirsts for God,
the living God.
shall I come and behold
face of God?
dear friends, are we waiting for? I love the imagery of the Psalm – the idea of
thirsting for God: In fact, we need God as much as we need water. Recall, Jesus
reminds the woman at the well that God is life-sustaining water!
you get a quiet moment, consider giving that thought, concern, or angst, you had at the beginning of
this message, over to our waiting God. Indeed, God is waiting for you.
my last message received over this week…Recently, as recent events brought me
to great sorrow, I was on the phone one evening with my dear friend Cris, and I
just broke down, in complete frustration,
that conversation…but I had to get back to work.
few moments later I get her text: “Trying my own advice…Give it to God and go
of Strength and Mercy,
feet may fail, indeed, DO FAIL.
call on your Holy Name, not only because You are waiting for us to do so, but
because WE NEED YOU.
praise You and give ourselves over to You,
Jesus as our Guide,