I didn’t mean to live in the fast lane. I said to myself (and to the policeman) I thought it was a 45 mile an hour zone. That may be true, but the greater truth is, I was distracted and I was speeding. The blue lights that flashed in my rearview mirror and the $100 traffic ticket that followed has brought humility. It has also brought the realization that I need to slow down—both in and out of my car.
This prayer by a hero in the faith has become a renewed request:
In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live—time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time to enjoy each other. (Peter Marshall, Spiritual Portrait)
Are you living in the fast lane and don’t even know it?
My favorite 10 year old
A phone call from my favorite 10 year old held the words:
“Are you coming to town this weekend? I really want to come over and stay with you.”
This is music to my ears.
How long will such a symphony play this delightful tune?
I don’t know, but I want a front row seat for as long as possible.
It’s a song I pray will never end.
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
Isaiah 60:1 (NIV)
Have a bright and shining Wednesday!
The news from Japan is heart breaking. I read this plea for prayer on the Out of Ur blog and thought it was worth sharing:
Over the years I’ve often described our mission in Japan as praying and preparing toward the day of opportunity in Japan…This, perhaps, could be one of the ways the Lord uses to pierce the darkness of Japan with His light. Would you join us in praying toward that end for the largest unreached nation of the world?~Dr. Michael Oh, president and founder of Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan
We have been praying fervently and are convinced that this is a “kairos” moment for the Church in Japan. This is an historic opportunity for the Church to be the Church and rise up to serve the needs of the country in the name of Christ. We at Asian Access believe that God has called us similar to how Mordecai spoke to Esther centuries ago, “you have been called for such a time as this.” ~Joe Handley, President Asian Access (reposted from www.outofur.com)
Yesterday in church this song was sung as a prayer for Japan. It was a different way to pray, but I’ve found myself singing the song all day as a prayer for the people of that devestated land.
Click the link to pray with me that God’s presence and comfort may be felt in and among the people of Japan.
Matt Redmon \”You Never Let Go\”