Where Can A Person Find Peace And Quiet?

By , December 5, 2019

“You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
 Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

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As a child I was rather noisy. Somehow my older brother and younger sister were peaceful children so I decided to make up for their silence. Often my mother would cry out in exasperation, “All I want is some peace and quiet.”

When my mother made that comment I knew she was inviting me to leave the house and play outside. Naturally I complied with her wishes lest I get into serious trouble.

In our text for today we read how the Psalmist speaks of something God gives him for this life and something else that God grants him for all eternity.

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20/20 Vision

By , December 4, 2019

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

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Some years ago I recall waiting with the spouse of a patient in the operating room. It was part of my work to help the members of a church I pastored in such difficult times. When the surgeon came out after the operation he said that he got all of the cancer he could see. The family was joyful.

Sadly, I was not. The doctor did not say that he got it all, just that he got what he could see. What was even more difficult was that within a few months the patient was back for more surgery.

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A Has Been

By , December 3, 2019

“. . . I used to go to the house of God. . .
Psalm 42:4 (NIV)

Man walking down the street alone at night

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In the western world we refer to a person as a “has been” when we mean they were at one time an outstanding person but something happened and now they are just another failure in life. Their former glory is gone and no one seeks them out or wants to receive their help.

It is indeed sad to witness the decline of someone who was very successful but now is in need of help from others. It can be a source of embarrassment to the person who has fallen from prominence to be in a crowd of people. They wonder what others are thinking about them. They imagine everyone pities them or is gossiping about them.

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Hungering for God

By , December 2, 2019

‘I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”
Job 23:12

Loaves of bread

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I can still remember the delicious odor that floated through the air of the farmhouse kitchen as we came in off the fields for our noon meal. My grandmother had been busy that morning baking 5-6 loaves of bread. The bread was waiting for us to arrive and sample it.

If my grandmother looked the other way we would quickly seize a knife and cut off the crusty ends. The ends of the loaf were the best part as far as we were concerned. Slapping on some butter we would savor every bite as the warm bread was consumed. However, our verse today refers to our complete diet and not just delicious bread.

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Counting the Cost

By , December 1, 2019

“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.”
Proverbs 17:1 (NIV)

Grandfather holding child

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Recently I gathered with four generations of a family to plan a memorial service for the great grandfather who had just gone home to be with Jesus. I had met the wife, two of the sons and a granddaughter of the deceased prior to the planning meeting, but the other 30+ family members were all new to me.

As we sat together it was so evident the impact the elderly man had on the three generations that followed him. All the members of this family were gentle and warm hearted, just like the man whose memory we honoured.

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