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July 9, 2018

A Sacred Gift—Hannah

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”

Mark 10: 14-16 (NIV)

As we waited in our designated “waiting room”—I sensed a “Godly” urging to go downstairs to the labor and delivery area. It was off-limits to the public, even grandparents if you can believe that. Access was only through locked doors by code—or, as it would turn out, by Divine intervention.

And so I followed the urging of what had to be the Holy Spirit, went downstairs, and stood outside of the locked doors to the labor and delivery area. And then, “mysteriously” they swung wide-open (a nurse was leaving the area), allowing me to enter nearer to that sacred ground where our first grandchild was soon to be introduced to the world, and to us.

There I found myself, standing in that hallway approximately fifty feet away from the very delivery room—at the very time, as it turned out—that our precious first grandchild would enter the world.

And then I heard a baby’s cry—Hannah’s first cry.

And today is her birthday. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
Filed under: Thoughts

July 2, 2018

Independence Day Dependence

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!

2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!

4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 150 (ESV)

You have heard them before, but as we approach our national Independence Day holiday of remembrance on July 4, it may do us all well to read them again—

When in the course of human events…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world…do…solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;…”

And for support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

And then perhaps to re-read verse six of Psalm 150 with me—“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” In a way, those fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence did just that—they praised and honored God and what they believed He called them to do to establish this great nation. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
Filed under: Thoughts
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