But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you.
I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth
Life for all of us goes up and down in years like the Stock Market.
During one Series, the crowds and the other players were tough on the Babe. Some antagonistic name-calling from the Giants bench. Babe could usually take foul-languaged banter coming at him from opponents - he could dish it out, too, - This time he found these personal attacks to be too much.
After one of the games he charged into the Giant clubhouse to find an abusive player. Fortunately, tempers cooled before any fighting occurred.
Babe Ruth had a stellar career. All people age and all people change. About the all-time great in baseball - Babe Ruth. His bat had the record of 714 home runs. “The Babe” was the be all of Baseball fans, but time took its toll, and his ability and popularity began to wane. The Yankees traded him to the Braves.
In one of his last games in Cincinnati, Babe Ruth began to falter. He struck out and made several misplays allowing the Cincinnati Reds to score five runs in one inning.
As “the Babe” walked toward the dugout, chin down and dejected, there rose from the stands an enormous storm of boos and catcalls.
A little boy jumped over the railing, and with tears streaming down his cheeks he ran out to the great athlete. Unashamedly, he flung his arms around “the Babe’s” legs and held on tightly. Babe Ruth scooped him up, hugged him, took his hand and the two of them walked off the field together. -
The fans went quiet. And an enormous regret swept over the field. Babe Ruth left the field to the cheers of the crowd remembering Babe for all the years he had given all to Baseball.
Moments Together For Couples: Devotions for Drawing Near to God and One Another
By Dennis Rainey, Barbara Rainey
God sees all of us. All of our thoughts. Jesus knew all that was in mankind.
Many times Jesus saw people need to see something like the little boy to be shepherded and guided down right paths. Jesus had compassion on the people. And wanted to take them under what He called His Wing.
Jesus really does see something in mankind. And the multitudes followed Jesus away from their lives and astonished the Temple, the king, Pilate and the Sanhedrin. Jesus knew He was creating a new Heaven and a new earth.
Jesus was of course speaking to all His beloved:
1 Peter 5
5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
In Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †