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May 28, 2018

Memorial Day—Our Call to Duty

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12: 48b (NIV)

It’s Memorial Day. I remembered that there had seemed to be more flags being flown in the past on this day, and other national holidays. But not today.

I wonder how it begins. Indifference, that is. I wonder if we begin to learn it as children from our parents or other adults. I wonder how we could recognize its stealthy approach.

Indifference is too often missed for its true nature—the entry point on the slippery slope causing us to set aside our personal and moral responsibility toward others, toward this nation, and toward the One who is our Lord and Savior. Indifference is the enemy of duty—a duty divinely set within us to be all we are created to be for others, for this nation and those who have gone before us, and for this world.

Because when indifference deftly creeps into the day-to-day life of a parent— children learn they are not valued. When it settles into the easy chairs of our marriage—couples grow cold and empty. When indifference infects the hearts of our young—they lose their sense of wonder and hope for becoming all they were created to be.

But days like today—Memorial Day—should remind us that we, as a nation, have always risen to stem the tide of indifference which moves us away from all we were founded upon. Days like today should move us toward duty, and back toward who we are as a nation, taking responsibility for our nation, standing for our nation, voting for the leaders of our nation—stepping up, no matter the choices before you and embracing the duty which is a hallmark of each citizen of this great nation.

And on this Memorial Day, I pray that we will never forget the lives of those who did embrace their duty for the nation they loved, and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live today.

Patriots, who often came back from their willing duty in pieces, boxes, on stretchers and crutches, forever scarred and crippled, and whose bodies now lie beneath row after row of white crosses in the sacred grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and in thousands of cemeteries across this country and world. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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May 21, 2018

Have We Forgotten?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“If you meet me and forget me you have lost nothing, but if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything.” Anonymous.

The question haunted me as the morning unfolded anticipating our precious daughter-in-law Amy’s birthday in two days, on May 23, and also just a week from the remembrances of Memorial Day we will pause for as a nation. Special moments, but they caused me to wonder even more.

Have we forgotten?

I wondered about that as my eyes fell on the words “Est. 1636” embroidered on a tee-shirt I pulled out to wear which our son Nathan had brought to me a few years ago from a Cambridge reunion with his Harvard Law School classmates. Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, my son’s alma mater, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number one was that students seeking entrance must first know Latin and Greek so that they could study the Scriptures, and to—

Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies, is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

Couldn’t possibly forget such heritage which is such a foundational element of this great nation, could we? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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May 14, 2018

Like the Love of God

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And she [Hannah] made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and…As she was praying to the Lord, Eli [the priest] watched her.

And in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.  

When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh…[and] they brought the boy to Eli. “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. ‘I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.’ And they worshiped the Lord there.

I Samuel 1: 11, 12, 20, 24a, 25-28 (NLT)

Yesterday we remembered and honored those Mothers and Grandmothers, and those who stood in their place for some of us, on a day we set aside called Mother’s Day.

The roles which mothers, who are after God’s own heart, play are often played out quietly, and go unnoticed to the rest of the world, involve unparalleled sacrifice which changes the world and the lives within it, and always honors and glorifies God.

The story depicted in the passage above is a wonderful story which the writer of the book of 1 Samuel shares with us right out of the box. It’s the story of a gentle and gracious woman who is suffering from a stigma which in those days rivaled adultery in the eyes of the general populace—childlessness. Hannah, the first of two wives of Elkanah was without child, while Peninnah, the second wife, had given birth to several children with Elkanah. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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May 7, 2018

The Wonder and Potential of You

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5 (NLT)

St. Augustine of Hippo wrote—

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

Interesting, though, that such an ongoing human tendency which St. Augustine addressed—missing the wonder which is all around us and within us—doesn’t seem to affect our children or grandchildren. Little ones, who with eyes wide open, explore not only the wonders of God’s creation all around them but also the wonder of God’s creation which is who they are.

Until, dare I say, they grow older like some of us, and we’ve had a chance to throw enough cold water on their little minds and hearts to get them to start viewing the world with a bit of skepticism—and missing all of God’s wonder within the world—like the rest of us older, and supposedly wiser ones do. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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