Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:11 PM

Do not worry about tomorrow

Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:11 PM
Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:11 PM

It was William Ellery Channing who wrote: “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”
It was Alexander Smith who wrote: “A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles on the road.”

It was John Keats who wrote: “What quality went to form a man of achievement.”

It was Pierre de Ronsard who wrote: “Live now, believe me, wait not till tomorrow; Gather the roses of life today.”

It was Oliver Wendell Holmes who wrote: “We are tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe.”

The following words were authored by Anonymous:
“It was only a sunny smile,
But it scattered the night
And little it cost in the giving;
Like morning light,
And made the day worth living.”

And, it was Corrie ten Boom who said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

I wonder if her sentiment is what Jesus had in mind when he said, “...Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Matthew 6:34

Just food for thought and meditation.

– Doug Fairbanks

Friday, April 13, 2018 8:58 AM

With Thee, O Master, let me live

Friday, April 13, 2018 8:58 AM
Friday, April 13, 2018 8:58 AM

Just meditate upon the words of Washington Gladden this week and think about ways we can serve the Christ who has served us so unselfishly.

O Master, let me walk with Thee
In lowly paths of service free,
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word
of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward
way.

Teach me Thy patience;
still with Thee
In closer, clearer company,
In work that keeps faith
sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong;

In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s
broadening way;
In peace that only Thou canst give,
With Thee, O master, let me live.

Yes, “With Thee, O master, let me live” and breathe and have my being.

– Doug Fairbanks

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:47 AM

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:47 AM
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:47 AM

We have just gone through the season of Lent and Easter. During this time, we have gone to the cross with Jesus and journeyed to the empty tomb from which He arose victorious over death. These two experiences of our Lord remind us of God’s love for each and every one of us. Love is at the heart and center of God’s message to the world and it is, according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, more important than anything when it comes to being a person of faith.

Yes, we know that God loves us. Yes, we know that we are to love others as God has loved us. So, understanding God’s love for us and how we are to share that love with all people upon this earth continues to be one of the most challenging aspects of being human.

For instance, in his book, The Wisdom of Insecurity, Alan W. Watts writes the following concerning morality and love from a chapter entitled Creative Morality:

“It is perhaps a paradox to talk about creative morality. For ‘morality’ is derived from a word meaning custom and convention, and the regulation of life by rules. But morality has also come to mean the working of love in human relations, and in this sense we can speak of a morality which is creative. St. Augustine described it as, ‘Love, and do what you will.’ But the problem has always been how to love what you do not like.”

You think? We do live in a world, in a 21st Century world, that just cannot seem to get that right. There was one who walked the earth 2,000 years ago who seemed to get that. His name was and is Jesus.
   – Doug Fairbanks

Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:54 AM

One Definition of Love

Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:54 AM
Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:54 AM

One of my very favorite definitions of love is that “Love is what two people go through with together.”

As we participate in the rituals of Holy Week and Easter Sunday, I am reminded of that definition because of what God seeks to tell the world through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

On Maundy Thursday we remember the fact that Jesus participated in a special meal with his disciples and taught them the importance of servant leadership as he washed their feet. On Good Friday, we are reminded of the horrible way in which Jesus died of asphyxiation when crucified. Then comes Easter Sunday when we speak and sing of the glorious resurrection of Christ.

The crucifixion reminds us that God’s love is a love that goes to hell and back with us. Or, to put it another way, the crucified Lord reminds us that God in Christ is willing to go through anything with us. The resurrection reminds us that nothing, not even death, can take that redemptive and transformative love away from us.

During this week and then on Easter Sunday, may we remember in new and meaningful ways that God loves us in more ways than we could ever imagine! Christ is indeed risen and the love God has for us is here to stay with us and sustain us through “the good, the bad and the ugly!”
“He is risen!”

– Doug Fairbanks

Thursday, March 15, 2018 1:55 PM

Ought to Be

Thursday, March 15, 2018 1:55 PM
Thursday, March 15, 2018 1:55 PM

In an old Andy Capp cartoon strip the following exchange takes place between Andy and his wife:

Andy comes into the house and as he is taking off his coat he says, “Sorry if I shocked you, Pet. But that’s how I like to play it – tell it like it is.”
Andy’s wife replies, “That’s one thing about you.”
“Thanks,” replies Andy.

As Andy walks by his wife, she grabs him by his neck scarf and says, “But will I ever see the night when you tell it like it “OUGHT TO BE?!!”

I wish our world and its leaders spent more time working on how things ought to be instead of trying to protect the way things are and have been.

A long time ago a prophet by the name of Micah laid out how things ought to be in these words:

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Would it not be wonderful to live in a world of the “OUGHT TO BE?!!”

– Doug Fairbanks

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