I read the scripture and respond.
Thoughts come in random.
Three deaths in under six months.
I was just on the saltwater toffee beaches of Maui.
Last night in response to the news of another loved one gone, I sketched some palms.
In my Instagram post I tagged my niece who recently has also had three deaths near her.
We swam in the waves and delighted in the sun together.
We suffer together as well.
We prayed on Monday.
Family love sees us through.
1Let brotherly love continue.
Don’t stop loving. Continue. When barriers arise pull them down. Move forward in love.
2Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Lord I’m speaking on judgement and Christians to middle schoolers tonight. Help.
Help your youth understand we can be merciful rather than judgmental. You are judge and we are not.
5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
I don’t need what someone else has. Gah, thank you for never leaving. You never forsake. You never break up with us. You never turn your back.
6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Bold. Bright hope. Loud hope. Fearless in every circumstance. Lord help me live bold.
7Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Thank you for not caring so much about diet and more about grace.
10We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Thank you for suffering. For bending low to suffer with me. There is cost to my cleansing. Reproach for my rescue. Thank you. May I do the same.
14For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
This is so true. Refuge is to come. Tastes of Maui remind me to stay focused. Like tapas, I experience samples of the city of God. Help me to seek first the Kingdom of God, and to pray for it to come. Thy Kingdom come. Conformity to the culture is not what you have in mind. Heaven on Earth is more like it. Come.
15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Lyrics come to mind. Let your praise ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips.
16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
19But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
23Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25Grace be with you all. Amen.
This is a global gospel. I am made well pleasing to God. I am approved. Peace.