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Fiery SeedsFiery Seeds

During last night’s windstorm, pinecones thudded on our roof, disturbing my sleep and making me worry about roof damage.  This morning I picked up the pinecones from the deck, noticing their complexity and beauty.  How densely and tightly packed each seed is positioned in the cone!  I know that many pines only release their seed when fire temperatures are hot enough to burst them open.  It is only in fire that the pines are able to fulfill their destiny and scatter their seed.  I wonder about my own life, those times when I’ve felt closest to God, those times which have taught me important lessons I needed to learn.  Typically, those were crises in my life, times of ill health or surgery, deaths in my family, marriage or family conflicts.  Even during these times of upheaval, God was working with me, teaching me, helping me deepen my relationship with him.  Help me, Lord, to trust you even during the fiery times.  Please keep reminding me that I am not alone in the blazing furnace, but through these flames I am refined and drawn closer to you. Amen.

Cooperation and CrowsCooperation and Crows

Yesterday I saw an amazing sight in my front yard.  Apparently a kite string had become tangled in the high limbs of a pine tree, snaring a young crow.  No matter how much the bird cawed and twisted, he was unable to free himself.  Small groups of crows collected on adjacent branches, squawking and calling, frustrated at the bird’s plight.  Finally, one of the crows began to tug at the string, working feverishly to break its hold, receiving encouragement from those nearby.  At last he succeeded; the crow was free and flew off.  I had witnessed an act of animal cooperation that made me aware of how powerful unity can be.  I think of my church, how we can cooperate to do God’s work.  For those who are entrapped in sin, we can help peck away at the bonds, teaching and demonstrating God’s grace.  Thank you, God, for this lesson, and help me to be an agent of freedom for all those who are snared. Amen.

Assurance and God’s Un-Crossed FingersAssurance and God’s Un-Crossed Fingers

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