The Passion Defined

Since the word “passion” was our topic, I thought I’d jump ahead a bit. There are so many references to the word with its meanings of lust, ardor, desire, etc. But one definition I found was appropriately linked to Jesus’ passion for the world. In Biblical and literary circles, we normally denote “the Passion” as those events beginning with Gethsemane and ending with the Crucifixion, as to the suffering of Christ. Other experts I read concluded that “passion” in the Greek means “to suffer.” It’s also defined as a strong or fervent emotion or feeling; either in the marital or …

In My Silence

    In My Silence     Have you ever been so sick that you literally couldn’t speak? It could be a severe cold, flu, or, in my case, allergies. Well, I am just now coming out of a pretty bad bout of it. We’ve been without rain for five years out here in CA, but now, with consequences. pollen is rampant, causing many to suffer. It was hard, since giving my guide dog commands was difficult, barely a whisper. And, he knew something was wrong with Mom. He’d whine, and stick closer to me than ever. I know he …

Job’s Silence

      Job’s Silence     We’re going to briefly peak at Job’s situation, and his times of silence, which were many.  You all know the story-how in one day, he lost his children, possessions, houses, and servants, except one.  No wonder his wife advised him to “curse God and die!” Job 2: 9 (NIV) His description of silence is intriguing. For Job uses the metaphor of darkness or death. Job 23: 17 “Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.” (NIV) Even the prophet Samuel solidifies this thought in 1 …

Saying in Secret

    Saying in Secret     Even what we say in secret might return to haunt us.  This entry comes close to home with me.  For after reading this Psalm reminder, I was nailed. Psalm 101: 5 “Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate.” (NIV) Note how David combines what we say in secret with pride and haughtiness.  it’s Pretty ugly, don’t you think?  I found myself doing this very thing, boy, did God shut my mouth!  Literally, since for a couple weeks …

Silence Before the Storm

      Silence Before the Storm   There is often an eerie silence before a major weather event- an earthquake, hurricane, etc.  But, there is a silence which hasn’t occurred yet, only prophesied. This is the period of a half an hour before all hell will literally break loose, when God will unleash His bowls, trumpets, and angels in Revelation. Come to think of it, wasn’t there a period of silence just before Jesus died on the cross, followed by the earthquake, and ripping of the Temple veil? Didn’t David and Aseph cry out to God time after time …

Silencing A Boastful Tongue

    Silencing A Boastful Tongue     Boasting or bragging is not exactly on God’s list of favorite attributes. In fact, it’s one that He abhors, and will quickly deal with it. For, in actuality, it’s a form of pride, putting one above another, or even God Himself. David reminds us in  Psalm 94: 4 “They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting.” (NIV) See how arrogance is tied up with boasting?  Probably one of the more notable characters in this regard was “Haman, in the story of Esther. Esther 5: 11 “Haman boasted to …

The Place of Silence

  The Place of Silence       Today’s entry might be a bit macabre, but I think it bears consideration.  According to several passages, the darkness, or Hell, as we know it, will not only be a place of darkness, but utter and complete silence.  How totally awful! We often think that those there will have all their friends around them, and it will be a continuous party. Not so, For Job informs us in Job 23: 17 “Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.” (NIV) David also asserts in …

A Holiday Heralding Hope

There probably isn’t a holiday in the calendar which brings more hope than Christmas. Little ones hoping that they’ll get everything on their list. or that long-awaited trip to Grandma’s. We all have things we’re hoping for-that’s what makes it so special. Prophets like Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, they all prophesied of the hope of the Messiah that was to come. I often wonder what it was like during those almost 400 years when God was silent, and His Word was not written. Not until John the Baptizer’s foretelling of “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin …

Peace! Peace! Where There Is No Peace

Whether it’s John Lennon’s song, “Give Peace A chance!”, or those familiar words of Ecc. 3, The Byrds “Turn, Turn, Turn”-“a time for peace, that’s where it’s not too late.” Christmas always closes with the resounding secular songs of peace. But what type of peace are these songwriters talking about? , you might say. Why, the stoppage of any wars, where innocent men. Women, and children are mercilessly murdered. These hopeful heralds are crying out the refrain that has been written thousands of years ago. Prophets like Jeremiah6;14- Ezekiel13: 10 and Hosea 9: 7- all touted this mantra. The peace …

For the Joy That Was Set Before Him

Heb.12:2 is a jam-packed verse we need to unfold briefly today in light of Christmas. In the KJV, it states: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” In the NIV, the words to describe “author and finisher” are “pioneer and perfector”. I thought the word “pioneer” was interesting. It makes me think of those like Lewis and Clark, Neil Armstrong, or Harriet Tutman. These were people who, because of …

Lavished in His Love

The word “lavish” is not used much any more. Its connotation, however, is one of abundance almost overflowing. I think of this in the light of a bridal or baby shower I remember having three bridal showers, including my church, my husband’s Sunday School group, and a childhood friend’s. We only received one baby shower from my blind friends. In any case, we were grateful for their wonderful outpouring of love. God has also poured out His love toward the world- especially, to His children. First, He sent Jesus, to show us how much He loved us. And, we Gentiles, …

All Those Names

  I’ve been reading through the historical books of the Old Testament- particularly Ezra and Nehemiah. I’ve noticed, as well in 1 and 2 Chronicles, there are a plethora of names. So many, that often they’re hard to pronounce. Most of the time, we’ll just skip over them, to save time and frustration. But when using a screen reader, I have to read all through them, since that’s the way it works. It reminded me of Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Most of these names …