The Finish Line

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30

Of the four gospel writers only John records these words. This last intimate communication which John overhears is the final prayer from Jesus to His Father. From the first cry of Jesus in Bethlehem’s manger to His final pain filled words on the cross Jesus had been on a mission. His mission was to seek and save what had been lost (You and Me). Now the healing, the praying, the fasting, the temptations, the teachings, the conflicts and the miracles of Jesus’ earthly ministry are finished. Every disciple who Jesus had called had been commissioned, every earthly relationship fulfilled, every suffering endured and He is ready to return to the place which He left at the right hand of God.

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And it is most amazing to me that at that last moment, and with those final words, “It is finished,” that our own new life begins. Jesus has finished his race. Jesus has run carrying the torch of the light of heaven. As Jesus breathed out his last He passed to John, to His mother Mary and even to all of us who hear His words today that same torch to us to begin to run our own race. Some of us will run for miles and some only one short lap. Each of us has a different race marked out for us in this new year ahead, but we must start at the cross where Jesus finished His course and where we begin ours!

Thank you Ladybug! — Sacred Touches

Originally posted on Purplerays: Advice from a Ladybug: Spot new opportunities. Spend time in your garden. Be well-rounded. Enjoy the wonders of nature. Don’t let the small things bug you. Keep family close by. Be simply beautiful! ~ ? ? ? photo credit: rachel_s on flickr Text & image source: The birds and the bees…

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Bring Them to Me!

They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Matthew 1:17-18
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Around Christmas probably more of us than we would like to admit practice something called re-gifting. Generally this is associated with someone who is either a cheap-skate or an ingrate. However, in the Bible Jesus also practiced re-gifting. In this case Jesus took the five loaves from the disciples, who got them from a small boy and then gave them to five thousand hungry people. Later, Jesus took the disciples which the Father had given Him and gave them to the world. Jesus took the life the Father had given Him and He gave it to us on the cross.

In this year ahead we will all be “gifted” with time, talent and treasure. None of these things belong to us, rather they pass through our hands. How we “Re-Gift” what we have received will feed the hungry, bring comfort, and give shelter and friendship to those in our world. Will you “Re-Gift” something today? God bless you as you share your gifts in the year ahead!

Reflecting on 2016

I was so challenged and encouraged by this writers post. I pray it will be a blessing to my readers as well

Inside My Head

This year has been a weird one, a real weird one.  I came into it with uncertainty, but optimism, ready to embrace the new paths in my life and actually make 2016 my year.  However, life is never what you expect and this year didn’t turn out to be my year.

What started out so positively, with a good turnout at my first youth forum and a new job that fitted my situation perfectly, soon turned into negative heartbreak.  Losing my grandad back in March hurt more than I could have ever imagined, then suddenly losing my aunty in June was another major blow to my heart.  The death of someone you love is never something you want to have on the agenda and I’m still struggling to come to terms with the fact that they’re gone – I don’t know when it will properly sink in.

The deaths…

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1323. I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect. ~Madeleine L’Engle

1 Corinthians 12:7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

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Perfectly imperfect…

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“We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives snowflakes a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take its own path. All of them are on the same journey, but each takes a different path. Along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind…there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey. I find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. One of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. We, too, are all headed in the…

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Christmas Program at Nursing Home

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I haven’t posted much lately because we have been preparing for our Christmas program for Allied Services Skilled nursing. This was a special year in many ways. First of all I was so grateful for all the youth and parents who gave their best this past Wednesday night. We had an interesting cast. Joseph was from Peru, Mary was a Brazilian and we had a Brazilian/American king!

Also this year we had a fund raiser in order to give as a gift to each resident a copy of Joni Eareckson Tada’s new devotional “Spectacle of Glory” . They graciously discounted us about 60% off of the retail to help us along. Two of the mom’s from the church hauled in all the robes and helped to dress the youth. As an authentic touch a client of mine donated an antique wooden cradle for the manger. I will be posting video next…

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O Holy Night – Pat Boone

I mentioned how I remembered always Pat Boone singing this (On TV I think) but I haven’t heard it for over 40 years. Here is a good remastered version though I wish they did something with a slide show for that (Maybe I will try that for a Christmas project next year) He sings so effortlessly and his notes flow as smoothly as butter. I always wished I could sound like that but we each have our own gifts. Blessings and Merry Christmas!