Psalm 915 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day
God is so very intricate, He uses His aspects to draw within human variations - explaining tenderly, He Loves You As You Are Right This Minute.
To some of us Lent has to be Somber.
And to others - one more aspect of Somber is going to make that Child of God run frantically home.
To some a Somber Litany is a Prerequisite. Or Easter is not observed correctly. The Good Friday Service must be Stations of the Cross to remember the exorbitant cost of Jesus. And to another, Good Friday is outdoors in the crisp sunset with the fall of the sun reminding us The Light of the world Gave His Life and all the music is love and praise Worship.
The variations are not incorrect. Just as God's Living Word is Living and Active.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day
The Cross. What does the Cross of Jesus Christ cause in you?
For some people, this is the symbol of gladness. Put this on purses, wallets, rearview mirrors, t-shirts, earrings, bumper stickers, blue jean pockets. Why? This is Protection. This is a prayer - a sigh of the Holy Spirit - to remind us to pray when we don't remember. To remind us Jesus' Abba is our very own Father in His amazing willingness.
To others, when they wear a cross, this is remembering the Huge Price Paid by the Lamb of God. This is worn to remind, we carry our Cross. When we are patient, when we hope, when we care, when we remember to love our neighbor as ourselves. When we try, after being pushed back.
Now shifting gears, with great care. If you are Baby Boomer or a Gen X, you remember Western Movies ran a direction and Horror Movies did as well. And in the Horror Movies - if you pulled out a cross - evil had to flee. We were not so absorbed with the tortured human mind. How do the two philosophies pan out? And important consideration, actually. If you resist the devil, it will flee. There is always a war we don't see. The war of good and evil, the Bible tells us this fight is way, way beyond us and God is going to win. And when we encounter this fight in our lives - it can happen like a flock of evil black birds attack as in the example of the Movie "The Birds." Re-phrasing - trouble lands and is intense and it is a surprise, because we feel so innocent.
There is a difference between the War God Wins and our every day. Usually. And Thank Jesus Christ for that.
We have within us - sin. We all do. And that sin is - I had a hard day - I'm not helping the other person. No way. And. Om - God won't see that one. Right. That has a cost. I gave at the office. Nope.
And then, there is the reality God knows exactly what He teaches us about. The reality our world is not going to do anything but change. Our opinion is not going to matter much in 50 to 100 years. God's Opinion Will Still Matter. Human nature, not very changing. Good News - God does not Change. And in this Truth - there is real exorcism. A Dallas Priest shows his congregation a video of this Dallas Priest going to a suburban home where all looks regular until you see books flying across the room unaided from the book shelf. Why? Child Porn. The Diocese of London, England reports 700 exorcisms a year, quietly. And one report says a man who does not want to be possessed says "J C!!! F O !!!" And the intent of his swearing was to save himself. Not Blaspheme God. Does this work? Yes. Why. Because the Highest and Most Powerful Name of Jesus Christ is going to go with you in any situation where you cry out to The Most High God of All Creation - Jesus Christ - and He will rescue those who Cry Out to Him as God.
My step-grandfather, Episcopal Priest, once said the most ridiculous and stupid thing in all the world was to repeat G D. Frequently. What if God does damn for saying that? Betcha. The desires of the heart and the reasons, thereof, are of Critical Importance to the Lord of Light. Lord of Life. Savior of the World.
What prayer encompass our need in all situations? "Jesus". Cry out to the Lord God Jesus and you have yourself in the presence of God. He will aid you. You are guaranteed for sincerity - an answer. The truth is "Your Will be done" is what He is looking for. Faith and Trust.
So, what do we think about a terminal diagnosis and suffering. Is this the work of evil? Not if we believe yesterday, today and tomorrow are fully able and capable to be in the Hands of God. To be invited to participate forever - all of us will see Jesus. And the Plan and the Will and the Eternal of God of Love - is the Triumph.
Our actions tell a lot about our expectations. If we believe we fudge on by, we fudge on by. If we believe we are going to go to college and PhD or medical school - we are going to raise the standards of our conduct. Being in solid belief, our purpose is presenting our best to Holy and Blameless Jesus to fill in where we could only fall flat - we are saying - We Believe in the Plan and Righteousness of God.
This is Lent. We are lent our loved ones. We are lent good health. We are lent our parents. We are lent Mercy. We provide Light. We bring our Jesus Joy. We bring the God of Love Joy. We bring Him Joy, when we help the least of our brothers and sisters. This is Lent. We are preparing - our soul - to bring our soul to Jesus.
We always want Jesus to pray with us.
Who art in Heaven, Holy is Thy Name.
Jesus Christ, Highest Name above all others.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done,
on earth as accomplished in Heaven.
Give us this day. Let us see Your Willingness and help us. Today is the day You told us in Your Holy Word, Hebrews. Today.
Be our daily Bread. Jesus the Living Bread coming from Heaven. Our nurture to our souls.
Forgive us our sins. Cover us in Your Holiness and Righteousness.
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation.
Deliver us from evil.
And as the Disciple John was eyewitness, Revelations 6,
Thine is the Kingdom,
Thine is the Power,
and Thine is the Glory.
Forever and ever. Amen.
Always in Jesus Christ.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †