Good morning. May grace and peace be with you on this day and through the week ahead.
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(Yesterday on the blog: The Children’s Hour)
This is quite an article by Blair Line. “When my grandmother died in the summer of 2019, my family bought our black suits and dresses and packed our bags. After the service, a family member commented about a poem I recited during the service, ‘Lil Man’s daughter is so talented.’ The comment caught me by surprise. It wasn’t because of the grief we shared, nor because of the generous compliment he had given. It was because Lil Man is not my father’s nickname. Dee is.”
Joshua Rogers: “I quit being part of a church for a few months when I was in my mid-twenties. I had been a regular churchgoer my whole life, so it wasn’t something I (or those who knew me) expected.”
“I am convinced that the single biggest thing that keeps Christians in the West from being open about their faith is the specter of being reviled.” I’d tend to agree.
We take it as a given that we all want to be happy. But have we considered why we want to be happy?
Justin Huffman offers some thoughts on what it looks like to lead your family while displaying meekness.
Bobby Scott: “If your consistent response to testing circumstances or challenging people is to become annoyed or angry, then you are irritable. But I have good news for you. Because of Jesus, believers can have godly attitudes even when our patience is tried, and we don’t have to make self-justifying excuses when we don’t. We can confess our failure as sin, knowing Jesus forgives.”
This article by Oyewole Akande was written specifically for an African context, but applies far beyond.
There is danger in our dedication to happy endings. We may come to believe that God extends his goodness and grace only in those situations that end happily.
…what is the best means of cheerfulness in such a world as this? How shall we get through this valley of tears with least pain? I know no better means than the regular, habitual practice of taking everything to God in prayer.—J.C. Ryle