Hope Rising

Monday, April 16, 2012

Keep this thought of mine in your generous heart.

Was reading some quotes by Malcolm Muggeridge last night, and found the dedication of his book, Chronicles of Wasted Time, to be so precious :

Long ago I copied from a Life of the French sculptor, Rodin, a letter he addressed to his wife, Rose, dated 24 August, 1913.  It occurs to me now that in it he says exactly what I should wish to say to my wife, Kitty, and there could be no better place for saying it than here.  So, transposing the names:

My Dear Kitty,


This letter is just to tell you that my mind is full of the greatness of God's gift to me when He put you at my side.  Keep this thought of mine in your generous heart.


Your,
M.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The reality of Christ

As concerned as many of us are about the election, I thought that this quote from Malcolm Muggeridge was very timely...surprisingly so, as he wrote this in the 70's. I heard Ravi Zacharias use this quote on his radio program, "Let My People Think," and felt it as equally apropos for this time as my previous post...ultimately, this view is what we as Christians must take, but it does NOT mean that we do not do our part to change the direction of our country.

The World’s way of responding to intimations of decay is to engage equally in idiot hopes and idiot despair…on the one hand, some new policy or discovery is confidently expected to put everything to rights: a new fuel, a new drug… world government. On the other hand, some disaster is as confidently expected to prove our undoing. Capitalism will break down, fuel will run out, plutonium will lay us low, atomic waste will kill us off, overpopulation will suffocate us, or alternatively, declining birth rate will put us at the mercy of our enemies.

In Christian terms, such hopes and fears are equally beside the point. For as Christians, we know that here we have no continuing city, and crowns roll in the dust; and every earthly kingdom must sometimes flounder. Whereas, we acknowledge a King men did not crown and cannot dethrone. As we are citizens of a city of God they did not build, and cannot destroy... It was in the breakdown of Rome that Christendom was born. Now in the breakdown of Christendom, there are the same requirements and the same possibilities, to eschew the fantasy of a disintegrating world, and to seek the reality of what is not seen and eternal—the reality of Christ.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Passover

I began a tradition with my son last year of celebrating Passover. While preparing the meal this week, I felt a sense of frustration. I work for a church, and this is one of our busiest times of year as we get ready for Easter services.


But as all the little details--the Seder plate, the salt water, the extra place setting for Jesus, the candles--were coming together, I remembered why I feel this is important.


The ritual washing of hands reminds us how the Priests washed in a basin before they could come into God's presence (Ex. 30:17-21).  We believe this practice points to Jesus, who washes away our sins so that we can draw near to God. (Heb. 10:22)

Jesus was celebrating Passover in the upper room with His disciples as God had commanded the Israelites to do when they left Egypt.  It was at that special Passover meal that the first communion was taken. The bread, a symbol of His body, broken. The wine (in our case, kid-friendly grape juice :)), representing His blood, sipped.  The rich meaning behind every detail of the Seder meal is a beautiful reminder that Jesus, the Messiah, has come, that He died and, most importantly, rose again.  This dinner helps us prepare our hearts for the celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Dipping of the parsley: the first dip refers to the tears shed by the Israelites while they were slaves in Egypt.  The second dip refers to the drowning of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea and the miraculous deliverance God provided for Israel.  In 1 Cor. 10:1-2, Paul compares the crossing of the Red Sea to baptism, which symbolizes redemption from sin.
That is why my family will do "this" in remembrance of Him.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Prayer to Do Good 
(F.B. Meyer England, 1847-1929)

Forgive me, most gracious Lord and Father, if this day I have done or said anything to increase the pain of the world. Pardon the unkind word, the impatient gesture, the hard and selfish deed, the failure to show sympathy and kindly help where I had the opportunity, but missed it; and enable me so to live that I may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow, and add to the sum of human happiness.

Monday, April 2, 2012

God is faithful.

 


Dear One, when God requires much, He'll do even more.  God is faithful.  You will never invest more in Him than He will in you.  God's Word tells us that to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48), but I am also convinced that to whom much is required, much is surely given.  

Sooner or later.

One way or another.

A mansion for a mustard seed.

A kingdom for a pauper.

~Beth Moore  
Believing God