Blessings to all who visit here!
I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:
November 26, 2014
WE GATHER TOGETHER
Have you noticed the general lack of courtesy in the world today? It seems that children are not being taught to respect their elders as we were when I was young! In stores, all about, we hear children using foul language to their parents, teens actually physically assaulting their elders, and it carries forward to adulthood with road rage and back-biting at the work environment. Where we were taught to have an attitude of gratitude, today’s generations seem self-centered, narcissistic, and lacking in compassion for their fellow human beings!
The Bible tells us of just these types of behaviors: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV). Does all that sound familiar?
Tomorrow is the day that Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day, meant to pay homage to the first “immigrants” to this country, the Pilgrims, and to remember how the Native people helped them through their first winter in these lands. I feel somewhat conflicted because, although we celebrate their kindness in that situation, so many atrocities followed, perpetrated in the name of westward expansion, that today we have only a small representation of the first families of the Americas! Working with the Quileute nation, I see their gentle spirits, the love of community, and their respect for the elders among them and it hurts my heart to think of how ostracized they’ve been from much of the progress America has seen!
But we cannot change the past; we can only learn from it and try to do better. A large part of that includes returning to a spirit of gratitude for the small blessings we see on a daily basis. King David said, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:”. (Psalm 92:1 KJV). And Paul told us, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV).
My <3 song is one commonly sung in churches during this season:
“We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!”
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”. (Ephesians 5:20 KJV). Have a blessed day!
ABOUT MY WRITING:
My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.
Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.
With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.
<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>