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Which did you choose to celebrate on October 31st? Reformation or Halloween?
I choose to remember the day as the re-formation of the church. On this day in 1517, Martin Luther is said to have nailed the 95 Thesis, which were a list of his grievances against the established church and its practices at that time, to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Many new denominations (all worshipping the same Jesus) were part of the result of his action. Most importantly, for me, is the move toward worshipping as the Spirit guides us and not as a governing body says it must be.
Martin Luther had five basic teachings, called sola (solus, soli) that summed up his thoughts. They are still applicable to all Christians today. Sola is a Latin word (the language of the Church at that time) that means alone, only, single, unique. i.e., God’s word, and His Word alone, is the only Word that matters!
SOLA SCRIPTURA – As followers of Christ, we live by the Word (Scripture) and acknowledge that every Word is the breath of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
SOLA FIDE – We are justified by faith alone. Faith is God’s work in us, drawing us closer to Him. Because God is working in us, through our faith in Him, we can’t help but work for others. (See Martin Luther’s explanation of faith here.)
SOLI DEO GLORIA – All glory is to God alone! Psalm 115
These are simple truths and we are called to share them as His Disciples.
When I wrote the title for this post I thought everyone is going to think this is referring to the fun little game we play with babies and toddlers by covering our eyes with our hands then looking through our fingers and saying, peek-a-boo, I see you! The laughter of children when we play this game is priceless, isn’t it?
I want us to look at this idea of being seen. Genesis 16 tells us the story of Hagar. Sarai was very unhappy because the promise of a child who would fulfill the promise made to Abram was simply not happening. So Sarai took the ‘problem’ into her own hands and decided to do it her way. Hagar was Sarai’s personal slave and she gave her to Abram to have a child with her. When Hagar conceived her ‘better than you’ attitude surfaced and Sarai couldn’t deal with it. She went to Abram with the problem and he told her she could ‘fix’ it herself. Sarai began mistreating Hagar and she ran away into the desert. When Hagar found a spring she stopped and had an encounter with an angel of the Lord who asked her what she was doing and told her to go back to her mistress. He said she would have a son, Ishmael, who would (also) father many people, a great nation, too many to count.
That’s not the end of the story. Before she left the spring/well she named it Beer Lahai Roi which means well of the Living One who sees me. She has named God El Roi or my God who sees me. She recognizes that God does more than play peek-a-boo. He sees her. All of her. Every thought and desire. He sees her.
I want you to see two interesting phrases in this passage (Mark 6:47-48). First, as night fell. What does that have to do with anything. It was a stormy night. Storms bring a kind of darkness in the night that makes it nearly impossible to see anything. Yet, Jesus could see to the middle of the lake and knew they were in trouble. And that brings us to the second phrase, Jesus could see. Are you saying, of course He could, He’s God! Yes, but I think there’s more than that.
Since Jesus is God, He carries all the attributes of God. So, He is the El Roi. The God who sees me. The One who sees everything, every moment, of every day. It’s part of who He is. He wants to see everyone one of us. He wants to take part in our lives. The good, the bad, the fun, the scary… He knew, because He could see, that they needed help. He walked out to the middle of the lake, calmed the waves, stopped the storm, gave them peace, so they could finish the journey.
He does the same for us. He sees all that is happening to us, every moment. What we have to do is trust that He will intervene when the time is right.
Do you trust Him to do what He says He can do? He can stop the storm, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and so much more. Let Him!!!
It is a gift to our families to create a weekly plan to nurture their bodies and souls with the nutrients available to us in whole foods. It can be surprising to find that with a little planning it doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. — Hope Ware
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
Here’s another great article from the Joyful Life Magazine. Reverse meal planning makes a lot of sense. I’m all for ways to save money on my groceries and create healthy meals, too. (Yes, I am an affiliate and recieve a small stipend when you purchase something from their store.)
Grace upon grace, and blessings on blessings to you and yours!
Check out the rest of the article that this prayer came from by clicking on the title. The author (Simone Griffin), not me, does an excellent job of helping us understand our role as women in the home. Sometimes we all need to be reminded of God’s word and plan.
O God of peace and calm,
Lead our feet away from panic and chaos.
Help us to tame our tongues and season our speech with grace
So that we sound like You.
Help us to expand our patience and kindness
So that we serve like You.
Help our love be unconditional
May the seeds we plant in obedience
Bear fruit in the lives of our loved ones.
May we recognize the potency of our words
And also see power in our silence.
Help us to remember we are first sinners
And second, sinned against.
Help us to seek to understand
More than being understood.
Help us care more about Your Word
than having the last word.
And hide us
In Your Truth
For the rest of our days.
Blessings and success to you and yours!
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