Our Old Bibles

Our old Bibles never die
They just sit on shelves
Waiting for the day when we
Will read them for ourselves

For when the word of God is planted
In a listening heart
It grows a little day by day
Till thoughts and actions start

To change as Jesus comes to rule
In ordinary ways
His love replacing selfishness
And hopelessness with praise


Our Old Bibles by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2022 
all rights reserved. Use by permission only. 

Seasonal Changes

Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. Psalm 119:89-90 ESV

If you live in the Northern States you have already seen the beauty of the leaves changing their Summer clothes for colorful Fall outfits. Apple cider and pumpkins fill the market shelves, but that celebration of the new season is mixed with a melancholy knowledge that Winter is not far away.

Some changes in life are eagerly anticipated, like weddings or the birth of a child. But when our child graduates from high school and sets off on their own, that happiness mixes with silent tears. It was no different for Jesus as He lived on earth. The joys and gifts of the Christmas story were quickly followed by Joseph and Mary’s flight to Egypt. His healing of the sick was followed by Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial. But as Jesus hung on the cross and the most difficult hour of change was upon Him, He held on to words that never change. “I thirst”; “Why have you forsaken me?”  and “It is finished.” were all quotes from the Old Testament. Jesus was trusting in a word that never changes because He knew that in Heaven His Father’s promises would not fail Him. They would carry Him through death and the grave to resurrection. Unlike the falling leaves, God’s word never lets go. It stays attached to the heart of the Father forever. If there are circumstances that are changing your life forever, then hold onto the faithful and loving promises of God. He has you firmly held in the palm of His hand and He has promised that whatever may come in both life and death that He will never let you go!

Listening

I have not heard an angel whisper
Or seen God in the night
No heavenly vision of the throne
Or His voice from shining light

But from my friends Mark, Luke and John
And Job and Esther brave
The news of life has come to me
In words upon the page

And ringing clear and strong within
My heart they start to grow
Revealing Father's heart in Christ
And His blood that freely flowed

Till I cried "Lord it is enough
To listen now today
As You write within my heart
Your Truth and Life and Way!

Listening by Peter Caligiuri. Copyright 2021 all rights reserved