Faith: Private Line

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Photo by Stuart Miles

The following poem is one I wrote during the Poem a Day Challenge through writersdigest.com/poeticasides.

It is a Communication Poem.

Private Line

Hello? May I speak to God?

     God, here. What’s up, Cheryl?

Cheryl thinking: [Wow, a direct line and no numbers to punch.] Well, just checking in to say hi. I was wondering if you would clue me in on the phrase neverending love? I read about it in the book of Psalms. It’d repeated a lot. Just wondering if I could get a little clarification.

     OK.

Does neverending really mean neverending or is it a synonym for “a lot?”

     It means what it says.

I can’t imagine how tiring it must be to love everyone you’ve ever created with unending love.

     I don’t tire but I can understand why you might think that.

I’m learning more and more about how supremely important it is to you.

     Indeed! And there are many scriptures that include the word love, describe my love and remind you of its presence. However, I’m especially fond of a verse in the Bible, the book of First Corinthians, chapter 13. It says that even where faith, hope and love exist – the greatest is love.

Amazing. So how do you “do” love?

     How long do you have?

Realistically? Only about 10 minutes…but I think the Bible also says I can pray without ceasing. Does that mean I could do that instead of other things?

     As in to keep from doing other things?

Geesh!

     Decision’s yours. I love you too much to control your choices. There are many more blessings in knowing me versus doing “good” or “religious” stuff. Anyway, back to your question.

     Here are a few examples…rainbows, hugs, a parking spot closer that last time – that’s fun to do but not my main deal. Words of encouragement at “just the right time.” A lot of my love is invisible. It involves keeping you from circumstance and situations that would have cost you even more dearly than they did, in protecting you from mistakes by you and others – not necessarily sparing you the consequences, and even holding onto you when you’re not aware of my presence.

     You know, a wise person once said “Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.” Love also comes to life as you find new understanding of who I am, the words I’ve left for you, those things, times or people that make you smile and feel refreshed by joy. It even gives something special to you – the desire to be with me more than say, on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m…

Well, my lunch is almost over. How about we pick up there next time?

     Anytime, Cheryl. I’ll look forward to it! Don’t forget. I am ALWAYS home.

Your thoughts? I look forward to hearing what you think. Can you relate to a time in your life where you directly communicated with God? Tell me about it!

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FAITH: Love is Action

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I’ve seen a lot of videos in my day.

Family movies WITHOUT sound. On reels, using a projector and shown onto a blank wall for all to see – usually at family gatherings.  In black and white but still potent nonetheless.

Family movies WITH sound. So much motion and sound that it’s embarrassing to admit that we hardly ever watch them because it’s not so convenient. In color and valuable to the family archives.

And then technology. I try to avoid it as best I can but incorporate its use to make life easier. The two video clips you will see (youtube links) will give you a new insight and appreciation as to how spiritual encouragement and support can travel and connect the many miles between those in them and those viewing them.

Here’s what I mean:

Almost a month ago I saw two videos that caused me to cry – tears of compassion, tears of joy, tears of stress relief and tears of thankfulness. They weren’t of people playing jokes on one another, the latest Bon Qui Qui episode or of a favorite music group performance.

These are videos that demonstrate and define Christlike love in action – from a hospital parking lot and from within my sister’s hospital room in Naples, Florida.

As you watch these videos, I hope they will enable you to consider your own personal faith and if it is not built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, I hope you will consider who He is.

Beth Moore, a Bible teacher, pretty much sums it up for us in a simple pledge of faith containing five statements. It’s the jumping off point of  her study titled Believing God. It verbalizes well what my family and I hold dear – not simply due to my sister’s current health condition, but as an anchor for our souls as life happens in the smooth days and the not-so-smooth ones.

The following is what Beth calls the 5 Statement Pledge of Faith:

(1) God is who He says He is.

(2)  God can do what He says He can do.

(3)  I am who God says I am.

(4)  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

(5)  God’s Word is alive and active in me.

Just wondering: What do you think about these videos in light of the 5 Statement Pledge of Faith?

Video 1: Outside in Hospital Parking Lot:

Video 2: Inside Karen’s Room: