THIS  WEEK'S  SPIRITUAL  MESSAGE FOR  SENIORS 

This  WEEKLY message is written by the Editor of www.seniorark.com. It comes from a Christian perspective, although it may not always have Christian references

                This message posted: Tuesday September 13, 2006

"Love, that will not let me go" 

Readers, I had a little Senior adventure this week at my local hospital. My heart decided to rest every four or five beats. I'm now back in action, but a little behind. So I have "stolen" a part of a sermon preached by Christina Stone this past January at the Laurel (MD) Presbyterian Church. I will tell her tomorrow!! Read Christina's complete sermon

THE JOY OF BEING KNOWN BY GOD                                   Go to:  www.SeniorARK.com

My mother often recounts a particular excursion to the park when I was young.  As always, she reminded me to look both ways before crossing the street, but as always I said, “I can do it by myself.”  So without looking, I just walked on out.  She knew I would do it… so she kept her eyes glued on me.  And how did she know I’d do it?  Because like God, she knew me well.  She knew that I like to be independent and do things my own way.  When I took that first step off the curb, she yanked me back onto the sidewalk to avoid the oncoming cars.  Needless to say, I had to hold her hand after that.  Have you tugged one of your children back before?  Have you ever been tugged?

If so, you know that tug is not out of anger, but out of love.  Even though my mother knew what wrong I was about to commit, she protected me.  She accepted my desire for independence and gave me the latitude to express it, but ultimately she cared for me enough to hold my hand.  Likewise, God hems us in, in order to shelter and protect us.  Even though God knows all our weaknesses and sin, he accepts us and welcomes us into his family.  God knows all the things we hide and all the stuff we feel guilty about; even still, he loves us.  God’s knowledge is, therefore, not a threat—but a comfort.  (The Psalmist recognizes how magnificent God’s intimacy is.  He writes, “God’s knowledge is too wonderful for me.”)  God knows our secret fears, our struggles, and our needs.  He knows our greatest joys, our passions, and our laughter.  His knowledge is so expansive that we cannot understand it.  But let us rejoice in this knowledge rather than run from it.  Let us celebrate God’s intimacy.  After all, the King of the Universe has chosen to be in relationship with us!

God is always with us, wanting us to get to know him.  The song “Beautiful Mystery” by Caedmon’s Call reminds us of this.  One line reads, “You're like the water I can feel but not grasp.  Still You say, all I've gotta do is seek and knock and ask.”  This is God’s desire for our lives: to spend time with him.

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"I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew,

     He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.

It was not I that found, O Savior True,

     No, I was found of Thee."

 

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PRAYER: Father, We can hardly understand that you know us so well, and still love us as though we have never sinned. We lay out all of our fears, struggles, and needs before you, trusting that will live with us even in the midst of them, in the name of Jesus, Amen n

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