song of healing

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On many a morning, as the sun kisses the peaks of the mountains; birds tweet melodiously; the dew sparkles at the tips of the tall grass. A cool, crisp breeze announces the beginning of a new day. She holds her worn out red Salvation Army songbook in her hand. Her angelic voice gently reaches out to the heavens, affirming that Jesus is the Great Physician. This is my 80-year-old grandmother singing one of her favorite hymns.

This week, I find myself singing these words, reminiscing on a rich heritage my grandmother passed down to me. I sing these beautiful words, as I reflect on the goodness of God. I sing these words, as I affirm that Jesus is my, rather, our Great Physician. He is the sympathizing Lord. He is our healer. Are you in pain right now? Do you need healing? Are you crying out to God? Jesus’ name dispels pain, fear and guilt. Be blessed as you read and/or sing the words to this hymn: The Great Physician, Song # 93 in our Salvation Army Songbook.

1 The great physician now is near,
The sympathizing Jesus;
He speaks, the drooping heart to cheer;
O hear the voice of Jesus!

Refrain:
Sweetest note in seraph song,
Sweetest name on mortal tongue,
Sweetest carol ever sung:
Jesus! blessed Jesus!

2 Your many sins may be forgiven;
O hear the voice of Jesus!
Go on your way in peace to Heaven,
And wear a crown with Jesus.

3 All glory to the risen Lamb,
I now believe in Jesus!
I love the blessed Savior’s name;
I love the name of Jesus.

4 His name dispels my guilt and fear;
No other name but Jesus!
O how my soul delights to hear
The precious name of Jesus!

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Look Up!

Psalm 121:1-2, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Bench

The sun was just rising, its golden rays kissing the tops of the surrounding mountains. I sat on a big red bench swing cautiously swinging back and forth. In front of me was a well-manicured green grassy knoll. A crisp, gentle breeze whistled past leaves of the trees along the stream behind me. Birds were chirping melodiously in the background. Three bunnies hopped playfully near the edge of the stream. I sat there reflecting on my life, pondering the direction of my ministry during the COVID-19 times.

I wondered how our congregation, friends and guests are receiving the online worship services. I wondered what church will look like when we finally re-open our doors.
I wondered about the health of our church members. Are their families safe? Have some of them lost their jobs? How are they surviving? I wondered. Is my family safe? Am I safe?

Mountain

Directly in front of me, behind the buildings was a mountain. The rock strata made the mountain look like huge rocks are rising triumphantly out of the dust. Majestically pointing to the skies. At the top of the mountain was a big white, cross. Two eagles were flying, rather, gliding gracefully around the cross. I was overcome by a huge sense of God’s divine presence. I felt like God was whispering His assurance of His presence. He wanted me to know He is with me. He is with my congregation members and their families. I do not need to worry. Though these are uncertain times. Though our world is turmoil. Though the future seems in disarray. God says, “Trust me.” God says, “Rely on me; I will guide you through the tumultuous times.” Look up to the mountains, God is there to help. Lift up your eyes, God is there to lead and guide you. Raise your head and see the King on the throne. Do not fear. Do not be troubled. It’s going to be OK.

My prayer: I look up to the mountains. God you know my concerns. God you know my fears. God you know my desires. You have heard my cries. I look to you for help. You are my God. You are my fortress, the rock of my salvation. Be exalted. Be worshiped. Hallelujah!

Let Your Light Shine

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It was about 3:00 a.m. when I woke up from a deep sleep. To not wake my wife up, I quietly tiptoed to the bathroom in the dark. Suddenly, I let out a loud moan. My wife woke up, switched the light on, and ask, “What’s wrong?” My left little toe was throbbing. I had stubbed my toe against the wooden leg of the bed. It hurt badly. I wished I had turned on the lights to see better. Light makes the darkness disappear. Light lets the hidden things visible. Without light, the world is dark, cold, and lifeless. Light gives heat. Light is a vital component for organic growth. Light makes seeing possible. We can say, without light, there is no life!

Stubbed toe

Jesus is the light of the world. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12 We, too, can shine the light onto the world. We reflect and shine the light of Christ on a dark, cold, blind world. Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

One of the clearest ways of making our light shine is to show the world God’s love through our actions. A lost, dark, dying world needs Christians to be the peacemakers. A lost dying world seeks to see Christians loving one another and expressing their love to their neighbors. You can shine the light by praying for others, purging and donating the clothes and shoes in your closets. Tutor children in the after-school program. Serve in the corps as a youth leader, Sunday School teacher, music teacher, janitor or to fulfill any other need you see. Join Community Care Ministries and visit nursing homes. Read books and the Bible to people you meet there. Visit patients in hospitals. Read books to children in the children’s hospital. Whatever you do, let you light shine so people can see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven! Let’s shine.

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Oasis of the Soul

Desert

Isaiah 55:1, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”

 

My family and I enjoy road trips. On our road trips we have cruised north along the scenic California coast on Highway 101. At other times, we have driven over the majestic, snow-capped Cascade mountains to eastern Washington State. On other road trips we have driven across the desert to Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico along Interstates 10, 40, and 80. Driving in the desert can be boring as the freeway stretches for countless miles in a straight line. There is little beauty in the desert scenery except for the scattered cactus plants, grey jugged rocks and tumbleweeds. However, the monotonous drive is broken by a small geographical patch of rich vegetation with tall palm trees, shops and housing. These areas are called the oases. Oases are areas with rich green vegetation, usually located above a spring or desert river. Oases provide life giving water, creating an environment conducive for human habitation and farming. 

 

Oasis

 Often in life, we experience times of spiritual dryness – the desert of the soul. None of us is immune to the occasional times of spiritual dryness. These are times where God seems far. These are times when prayers seem to go unanswered. These are times of severe challenges such as terminal illness, loss of employment, relationships breakdown, divorce, or death of a loved one. These are times when the spiritual experiences and divine encounters are rare. Reading the Bible or going to church becomes a painful chore. 

 

Like the drive in the desert where we occasionally come across an oasis in the desert, times of spiritual refreshment will soon appear. If you are going through times of spiritual dryness – the desert of the soul, I encourage you to keep trusting God. Soon, your spirit will be refreshed. 

Pray. If you have lost your zeal for God. If you have lost your original love for God and His people, I encourage you to pray for a spiritual oasis experience. I challenge you to humble yourself before God. Cry out to Him. Forsake the things which have stolen your heart, luring you away from God. For proper spiritual refreshment, go on a retreat, away from the gadgets, technology and any distractions. Ask God to refresh your dry soul. Tell God you desire His fresh presence.

Reach out. Speak with a mentor, counselor, your pastor, or a friend who can breathe life and passion back into your life. Spend time who have a contagious passion for God. They will soon impart their enthusiasm onto you.

Read. Read the Bible, particularly the Psalms. Read about the men and women of God who struggled yet sought after God. Read books about people who have experienced spiritual dryness, yet they searched for God’s presence. It is through reading that our minds are opened to the possibilities we cannot grasp in the now.

Music. Play some music. Music is a healing catalyst. Music leads you closer to God. It elevates your senses, so you feel the presence of the divine. Music transforms your mood. Let God heal you through music which speaks to the soul.

God is ready to refresh, restore, and rejuvenate your soul. Are you? 

 

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Victory is Yours

1 Corinthians 15:57 - Bible verse of the day - DailyVerses.net

Each day we come across people who are hurting.

Each day, we converse with people who are carrying huge burdens.

Each day, we communicate with people who are struggling to climb insurmountable mountains of problems.

Each day, we interact with people crumbling in the dark shadow of loneliness, sadness, pain, grief and depression.

Some days, you are one of those people experiencing any one or more of these challenges.

Some days you wonder when this crisis will be over. Some days you reflect on the difficulties you face and pray for it all to go away.

Maybe, today you are in tears. Maybe today, you are struggling to make ends meet.

Maybe today, you are in pain, wondering when God will intervene.

God is here with you. God hears your cries. God sees your suffering. He wants you to know, He is with you.

He is right here.

You are not alone.

You are not abandoned.

It’s going to be OK.

Victory is yours. Hang in there. Trust Him. Believe in His power.

Soon, it will all be behind you. Amen!!

 

Laser-Focus Faith

Psalm 27:4 - KJV - Bible verse of the day - DailyVerses.net

All my life, I have moved houses, cities, states and countries. As a Salvation Army officer, my life is a life of constant change. Although, saying “good-bye” is not always easy. I am used to packing, meeting new people, learning the ways and cultures of different places. No, we are not moving.

I want to let you know I am thinking of what it feels like to live in one place for a long time. I am thinking about what it means to have one goal, purpose, aim and focus in life. Though I am accustomed to moving, I desire and long for the stability of having a single focus. This is why my life verse is Psalm 27:4, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

Today, I want to encourage you to remain focused on God. Despite the challenges life hurls at you. Desire to remain in the house of the Lord despite the lures of this world. Commit to live in the presence of the Lord no matter how tough the going gets. There is joy and unmatched fulfillment when we live in the presence of God. Hang on tight. Stay laser focused on God. In due course, you will receive your blessing. Have a single allegiance and live for the one true and Almighty God. Amen!

 

When Fear Gets Hold Of You

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We are living in peculiar times, where many are plagued by fear. Most of us are scared of the Coronavirus. Most of us are worried about our jobs, finances, mounting debt, and social unrest. Questions such as these race through our minds : Are we safe? Are our loved ones safe? When will this be over? What really is going on?

Whenever I am in fear, I run to God’s Word. I search through the Scriptures for those comforting, encouraging, and strengthening verses. Here are a few of my favorite verses I use to combat fear:

Psalm 23:4-5, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Joshua 1:9, “ Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

 Isaiah 43:1, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

 Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”

Romans 8:31, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

 Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Weeping for the Oppressed

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Psalm 10[a]

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[b] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

If I had my life to live over…

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By Erna Bombeck

Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.

My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.

If I had my life to live over again I would have waxed less and listened more.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten popcorn in the “good” living room and worried less about the dirt when you lit the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have burnt the pink candle that was sculptured like a rose before it melted while being stored.

I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television … and more while watching real life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband which I took for granted.

I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the Earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for a day.

I would never have bought ANYTHING just because it was practical/wouldn’t show soil/ guaranteed to last a lifetime.

When my child kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now, go get washed up for dinner.”

There would have been more I love yous … more I’m sorrys … more I’m listenings … but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it … look at it and really see it … try it on … live it … exhaust it … and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.

Erma Bombeck, Eat Less Cottage Cheese and More Ice Cream: Thoughts on Life from Erma Bombeck

 

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