As my husband David and I raised our children, we were committed to participating in a church family as well as our home Christian commitments. Our children discovered meaning for their lives through those church mentors, and the opportunities for Christian service in that faith community. Today our children are strong in prayer, and some are leaders in church life elsewhere. And I am thrilled to see the Christian faith of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, continuing that way of service. I am blessed with opportunities to talk with them about church life and Christian faith.
When I saw a door knocker with this verse from Joshua on it, I celebrated by purchasing it for my home. And friends and family visiting me strengthen that lifestyle more as it becomes a conversation piece.
Jesus knew that he had now finished his work.
At Camp Warwick the chaplain said,
“This scripture passage describes the end of the biggest battle in the Bible, because this ended the war between God and Sin.”
I know that all my sins will be forgiven.
Jesus completed that work.
Pray for those who despitefully use you.
Someone did not like my decision and my leadership. That person, new on the computer, wrote notes to many group members stating why I was not fit to lead any longer. People would not show me the paper but I learned about it. I decided to pray for this young person and her budding opportunities for taking on responsibility. Later she came to me to apologize…and she became the most helpful leader assisting me.
Let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
This verse was given to me by the minister on Confirmation Sunday. So it was personally special to me.
Now I was responsible to be a Christian—something to consider every day. I was called to enlighten people, bring awareness of the glory of God’s helpful presence, and thus bring joy, purpose, and a more fulfilling life to people.
That confirmation Sunday I realized that even though one candle might be a small light, when added to others, glorious light happened. So I have looked for ways to participate with other Christians too, sharing in deed or kind words the precious remembrance of what Christ has made possible for us to experience.
I was thrilled when my congregation in New Hampshire invited me to be ordained as a deacon. I could affirm them even more in spirit as well as word and deed, including the special moments when I presented the words and elements of communion. And we could partner together to encourage each other to be shining lights of Christ-like deeds in daily life.
Follow my commandments, not idols, and you will have blessings. But if you spurn my ordinances, your strength shall be spent to no purpose, your sanctuaries shall be desolate and your cities wasted. But if you confess the waywardness of your ancestors and yourself, I will not spurn my people but I will remember with favor my covenant with them.
Summary of Leviticus 26
It is difficult for me to put into words, but I’ll do my best. It is because this scripture is a warning within a plea, wrapped in a hug and an affectionate “bop” on the head, or a rustling of hair, if you will.I feel my heart breaking as a result of the descriptive warnings of what will happen if we “stubbornly” continue to walk in error.
But if we repent and return to the Lord, he will remember the covenant of His people and accept you. That kind of compassion…is amazing.
For I know the plans I have for you—Plans to give you hope and a future.
This passage has helped me not to become impatient while waiting for a goal I’ve set , or for something I have wanted for a long time. When it seems it will never come, I try to remember it has to come in God’s time, not mine.