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Inaugural Observations

inauguration-celebration-american-flag-capitol-in-backgroundI had to grab a few things late last night at one of those 24-hour grocery stores. That concept seemed strange to me until I found myself roaming the aisles close to midnight.

I grabbed what I needed and was heading to the checkout when I noticed a man about my age shopping with his son. His son, I guessed, was roughly the age of my youngest son and all seemed normal at first. Then it became apparent the son had handicaps which required constant attention and care. I suspected the father was purposefully shopping with his son late at night to avoid crowds.

I couldn’t help but just observe from a distance. Their walk down the grocery store aisle was extremely slow. Every few steps, the father would have to stop and adjust his son’s position so they could keep walking down the aisle. With each adjustment, he would gently reposition his son and smile. Then they would slowly move forward again. I was amazed at the father’s tenderness and patience.

I suspect the very last thing they were concerned about was the inauguration. Certainly decisions made by government officials could impact their lives. Regardless, this father seemed committed to tenderly care for his son, no matter what comes out of Washington or anywhere else.

As I observed, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my Heavenly Father’s love and care for me. I often feel so spiritually handicapped, so lost, and in constant need of adjustments. You would think the Father would be completely exasperated and worn out caring for me. But He’s not. “See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

The presidential inauguration is tomorrow. To say the least, it’s going to be very interesting. But our trust and confidence is not in governments. Our trust and hope is in our Heavenly Father. And just like the son being tenderly led through the grocery store by a patient and loving father, “You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).

Inaugurations will come and go until the end of the age. But God’s faithful love endures forever. Take a moment and read Psalm 136 and be reminded. It will help put concerns into proper perspective.

Happy “NEW” Year

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“New” is a great word.

My dictionary defines “new” as, “Having recently come into existence.”  So, we can have a new day, a New Year, a new car, or even a new baby.

“New” can also mean, “Having been seen, used, or known for a short time.”  So, with this definition we can learn “new” things, read a “new” edition, or even add a few “new” pounds from those extra slices of cheesecake over the holidays.

Interestingly, we can find a lot of “new” in the Bible. There is the Old Testament and of course, the “New Testament.”  I did a quick search and found that the word “new” is used some 195 times in the New International Version of the Bible. Most of the “new” contexts in the Bible refer to such beautiful images as a “new heaven” and a “new earth.” We read about a “new song,” a “new covenant” and there is much to say about a “new life.”  For many, our favorite use of the word, “new” comes from Revelation 21:5 which reads, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

These Bible verses are powerful because they bring such hope.  God is saying there is no sweat on his upper lip and He will accomplish all of His plans in His perfect time. He is also saying He is perfectly capable of taking care of you…and me…and that is indeed very good news.

I’ve never been one much for making New Year’s Resolutions.  Most of them are about trying to get thin or somehow become more beautiful.  Whenever I hear those kinds of resolutions I just want to eat another slice of cheesecake. After all, as Jay Leno said, “Now there are more overweight people in American than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average…which means, you have already met your New Year’s resolution.”  Way to go!

Just in case you are looking to make a New Year’s Resolution, however, here are a few you may consider.  There is no charge.  I’m just glad I can help.  This year, I resolve to:

  • no longer waste my time reliving the past.  Instead, I will worry about the future.
  • do less laundry and use more deodorant.
  • cancel nine or ten of my email accounts.
  • read at least one of the books I bought three years ago.

Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, how about a wonderful blessing passed on from God to Moses and now to us.  You can find it the Old Testament in Numbers chapter six:

The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,

And give you peace.

Amen, Happy New Year…and please pass the cheesecake!

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