Sustenance from the archives+: Together

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I read the prompt and the first thing that came to mind was the verse,  “And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together)” (Colossians 1:17, AMP) 

He holds all things together.
He holds all things together.
In Him all things consist.
He is the Word through Whom all things were made
and He holds all things together.

He holds all things together.
The planets that are known and unknown to us.
The oceans teeming with life.
He holds all things together.

The earth on which I stand with all its many components.
The molecules and the cells.
The flowers and the plants and the trees.
All creeping things. 
Times and seasons.
He holds all things together.

He holds all things together.
Including me.
When I am falling apart or think I will.
When my world or my heart is shattered.
When the things that I valued and held close, tried to guard, are breaking apart in spite of my efforts.
He holds it all together.

Held.
In His hands.
All my moments.
All my days.

Held.
By Him.
Cohered.
Brought back together.
Made new.
Made whole.

“He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).”


Today’s post is for Day 29 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge.  The prompt is, “Together.” The original version of this post was published on April 18, 2014 as, “Five Minute Friday: Glue.” To read Day 28’s post please click on the link below.

Day 28: Song

 

Sustenance from the archives+: Song

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“How shall we sing a song of the Lord; in an alien land?
(But how can be sing a song to the Lord, in a foreign, or a strange, land?)
(Psalm 137:4, Wycliffe Bible)

“Oh, how could we ever sing God’s song in this wasteland?
 (Psalm 137:4, Message)

I can almost feel their heartbreak, the heartbreak of the children of Israel who had been led captive to Babylon because of their sin, their prolonged disobedience to God. They were asked by those who had captured them to sing one of the songs of Zion. They felt unable to do so.

And there are seasons in all of our lives when the idea of singing, of singing a song of the Lord, of singing a song to the Lord, in the place where we are, seems inconceivable. For where we are seems like a “wasteland,” “a foreign place.” But it is in those places and in those seasons that we must sing; we need to sing a song of the Lord, of His goodness and His unending grace of His mercy and of His faithfulness. Of His love and His promise to always be with us, when He seems most far away. It is then we must sing a song to Him.

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Declaring to Him, “You are faithful. You are gracious. You are full of compassion and plenteous in mercy. There is no one like You. Your loving-kindness endures forever.” Because singing songs of praise and thanksgiving, worshipping Him focuses our attention on Him. Reminds us Who He is. And when we remember Who He is, we are reminded of who we are in Him, and of His promise to be with us always … in the fire, in the water, in the flood, in the wilderness. And work everything together for our good. He gives us the strength and the grace in the wasteland. And sometimes He transforms the wasteland, the wilderness, into a place where flowers blossom. Sometimes He transforms us in the wasteland, in the foreign places. Sing.


Today’s post is for Day 28 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The prompt is, “Song.” The original version of this post was published as, “Five Minute Friday: Sing,” on April 22, 2017. To read Day 28’s post, please click on the link below.

Day 27: Whole

Reasons to Praise: Day 29 – Unite

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Father,

These two verses speak to the fact that I can have a divided heart. They also speak to the fact that, regardless of what divides my heart, pulls it in different directions (and the list can be long), You are the only one who can unite my heart, cause it to be undivided.

You are the only one with the ability to unite my heart, a condition that is necessary so that I can fear Your Name. The fear, the reverence, the awe of You that Your Word declares is the beginning of wisdom. The fear that drives out the fear of man and all other fears that bring torment.

You are the only one who can give me singleness of heart. The singleness of heart that I need to obey You without reservation, as did the children of Judah. Father, give me an undivided heart. Unite my heart. Give me singleness of heart. Such a heart will align my priorities with Yours. Will hold the desires that You have. Father, unite my heart.

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This post is number 29 in the series “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.