Spring Therapy

Ahh. Spring! Thank you, Lord, for Your gift of the seasons reminding us of Your faithfulness.  Some disagree! “A faithful God? How can you say that in light of this horrible, Coronavirus striking people, taking lives, and causing economic upheaval?”

Yet, we are haunted by Thomas Chisholm’s old words, the hymn writer who claimed, “Great is Thy faithfulness!” He obtained this concept from Scripture (Lamentations 3:23) and through experience. In 1923, at the age of 57, having endured much, he penned,  “Morning by morning new mercies I see.”

We must choose to see God’s mercies. And we must choose to remember that Christ holds all things together (Col. 1:16-7),  even in a broken cosmos so that day and night continue to turn;  that we “are loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3); that “The eternal God is [our] dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:2 ); and that this life is meant to be mortal, thus a portal into eternity (John 14).

So, right here on our own property in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I’ve been choosing to remember and to see Creation’s witness to God’s faithfulness. As Chisholm described:

“Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.”

Our fragrant Ornamental Weeping Crabapple tree in our front yard.

I invite you into our yard to view the lovely witness of ornamental cherry, pear, and crabapple trees, the witness of a Mr. and Mrs Goose and our black bird with a red and yellow stripe perching protectively on a cattail above his nesting wife, and in closing,  the witness of April Joy, a 36 hour old baby snuggled in my arms. Such witnesses are spring therapy to our weared souls.

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“Time, Like an Ever Rolling Stream,” Cascades into 2020

We’ve rolled into 2020, but before this blog touches its toes into new territory, I’d like to share some delightful scenes from our Christmas in Chicago along with a few thoughts about this amazing, new year.

In the hymn, “Our God, Our Help,” Isaac Watts describes time as “an ever rolling stream.”  Each swiftly turning year reminds us. While this is sobering, the good news is that our God is our constant help, “our guard while troubles last,” Watts explains, and then finishes his rich poem by describing God as “our eternal home.” Home. God is our home. Hmm. Watts is heralding Moses’ message in Psalm 90: “Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born…from everlasting to everlasting You are God” (verses 1-2).

Good to think about and be thankful for as we roll through time, our time within God’s providential line.

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Learning Curves

Sometimes my learning curves take me in circles! However, the circles often roll forward. Not always. This is what I call the “recursive process” — of writing, of learning — of life.

For much of today, Ive been exploring my WordPress blog operations, trying to make some ideas work. I wanted to add some pictures to my Photo Gallery found when you click on my Gravatar, that picture of my face, below the header.  I couldn’t figure out a way to add pictures. I don’t know how those pictures that are there got there!

Finally, I decided to try another avenue. I started a new “page,” added pictures and some text, and thought I sent the post to you! It is there on JNC now, but it did not get sent to your email box, so you don’t know I made a new post, on a new page within JNC.

I’m sending you this from my main page to inform you, that if you click on “JNC Special Pictures” which is hanging above the header (the picture of the mountainous, Pacific coastline), you will find today’s post, which is on a different page. Apparently, somewhere in my “dashboard,” there is presented a way to add this page to my mailing list of readers. Someday, I may figure this out, but I’ve done enough figuring out for one day!

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