Sabbath Rest Invitational — Week 3

Running just a tad behind on this week’s “Sabbath Rest” post, but I won’t be defeated. Here it is, and if you have a photo, a quote, a scripture, or a short word of exhortation that will impart rest to the readers, please let us know. Post it on your own blog and hop over here and paste the link to it in the “Comments” section below.

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Floating peacefully far above all the ‘stuff’ that interferes with rest.

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New Mercies Every Morning

 

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“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope: It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”  (Lamentations 3:21-23).

Compassion and mercy are one and the same word in the original Greek. Both words refer to feelings and actions that are prompted by love of the subject, regardless of his endeavors or lack thereof. Mercy is a gift, free and clear. When Jesus Christ of Nazareth walked the earth, bringing us the exact image of God, He was “moved with compassion” when He saw hurting people and met their needs. Whether people were sick, in need of deliverance, struggling with sin, or in need of physical sustenance, they called on Jesus for “mercy.” That mercy healed their bodies, delivered them from demonic bondage, forgave their sin, and fed them by supernatural supply.

God is called “the Father of Mercies” in scripture (2 Cor. 1:3). And He says of Himself, “I am the Lord; I change not.”  (Mal. 3:6). Jesus Christ is “the same: yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8).  And just like Jesus, those mercies are the same today as well. Moreover, they are new today — and every day.  We do not have to depend on mercy that is left over from yesterday. Nor do we have to worry about using up too much of it today in case we need help tomorrow.  His mercies — His compassions — are prepared new — for you — each and every day — with more than enough in place to meet every need.  Unfortunately, many of us just let those mercies sit there — waiting — and wasted — while we keep struggling with our own problems independently.

My friend, don’t let that happen to you. Don’t struggle to keep fighting the never-ending battles with your own feeble human knowledge and ability. Connect with God today, through Jesus Christ, and let His mercies fill your life, meet your needs, and make you whole.

 

 

The Lesser Light to Rule the Night

“And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; He made the stars also. … and God saw that it was good.”  (Gen. 1:16-18).

I just could not resist that full moon last night.  So for about an hour I played camera tag with the moon and the trees.  I’ve generally not had much success with photos of the moon with my very old digital camera, but some of these weren’t too bad. The slide show shares the best 6 of the shots.  It was interesting to see how everything changed as the sky grew darker and I captured the moon through different trees.

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The Lights in the Heavens

THE MOON AT NOON

God’s creation always fascinates me, but my attention was caught particularly today by the moon as it rested in a sea of brilliant blue at 12:00 noon.  I’ve seen it visible in a washed-out sort of way in the daytime sky before, but I don’t remember ever seeing it this bright right in the midst of the brilliant sunshine at its zenith.  My camera can’t begin to do it justice, but I had to capture it.