Give Thanks For The Son and The Moon

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“Blood Moon” April 15, 2014 4:10 a.m. EST, By: Jennifer Cook

 

 

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a] asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.

17 to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for waking me naturally in time to see your creation in motion.  I saw the “blood moon” today, and I know that this is a creation of your Mighty Hand.  Thank you for the blood offering of Your Son.  I am not worthy.  May I always give thanks for the grace given to me each day.  May I worship You alone and share your message with others as Your Holy Spirit moves.

Amen.

p.s. Oh Give Thanks is a beautiful acoustic guitar song I found on You Tube this morning…Click Here to Hear Kip Fox–Oh Give Thanks

I took my first guitar lesson last night.  I want to learn to play worship songs for our family.  Thankful my sweet husband gave me an acoustic steel string guitar three plus years ago for my birthday.  Good things take time.  Blessings to you as you move forward giving thanks for today.

 

 

Passover Memories and Feasts of Today

Growing up, I met a sweet young girl named Sara my fifth grade year.  She and I became fast friends.  Our neighborhoods were next to one another, and our families were friends as well.  Friday nights were spent alternating houses…she spent the night with me one week, and vice versa the next.  We grew to know one another’s siblings, parents, and even our faith stories.

Sara and her family were Jewish.  My family was Methodist (protestant Christians).  We shared special holidays with one another, and the traditions were explained to us.  She attended my church activities from time to time and I went to temple with her as well.  It was a special learning opportunity for me.  Even today, I know much more about our Hebrew roots that are shared in our Christian faith (Old Testament stories) than some of my peers.

My peers of today are mostly Christian or atheists.  It is interesting for me to reflect on my growing up years, and I hope to teach our children that there are so many different religions and family beliefs. Each family and then each adult has to choose their path of spirituality and what they believe in.  This week is Passover (saw it on our son’s calendar last night).  I remember sharing in Passover Seder at my friend’s house back many year’s ago.  I especially liked the potato latkes!

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month between the two evenings is the LORD’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. And ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days; in the seventh day is a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. (Leviticus 23:5)

How does your family celebrate holidays of Passover? Easter? Do you share your faith with others? Your kids? Their friends? This Saturday our son will receive his first communion in the Episcopal church. We invited our neighbor to come. Their family does not attend church. The father did go as a child, but the mother does not believe in God or Christ. She grew up in Cuba where Christianity is frowned upon. Their 5 year old daughter has never been to church. Praying that as we join in feasts of blessing…we feast on love.

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