Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lenten Devotionals: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies declare the work of His hands." Psalm 19:1
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:1-3

In a recent Sunday school class, our teacher reviewed the five senses by which we humans discern and reason things. He further showed how even the most intelligent minds cannot apprehend and know God by human senses alone. We need a "sixth sense", if you will, the Holy Spirit whose enlightenment alone brings sinful man to a holy God.

When I look back on my life, I realize that I went through this process of discovery during my sophomore year of college. I was taking both Philosophy 101 and Religion 101 that semester. Thrown into the arena of the "great thinkers", I was struggling with that I believed. (Religion 101 was no help because the curriculum was based on liberal theology with no message to me of a personal God.)

I lapsed into a brief atheistic period during which I didn't attend church, but that was not satisfying, either. One day, during second semester, I was sitting outside enjoying the beauty of the campus in its spring wardrobe. I speculated on he rhythm and ordered regularity of the seasons and nature, and a Sixth Sense said to me, "Look around you, there must be a Creator God."

Immediately I was settled about the matter. It was quite a few more years before I personally "met" my Creator, but it was there on that campus that I discovered that He is there.

 God, You are there and You are not silent. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, a mind to think and reason, a voice to tell, hands to help, and Your Holy spirit, who will guide u into all truth. For Jesus' sake, amen. 

-- Sally Privett (Submitted in 2011)

Spent my morning with Grandmama. We sat in her enclosed sun room, the tomatoes slowly growing beside a wicker couch, and it was there that we shared conversation and she invited Jasper to her lap and lovingly patted his head. Reading this devotional the night before our breakfast date, I was prepared to spend time with this woman, who I've only ever known as a musical artist, but now realize she is a poet as well. She speaks to my heart.

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