If I asked you to name some of your favorite places to go, I doubt that a cemetery would be high on your list. Our choices would not normally include graveyards. But burial grounds hold some valuable lessons for us.
How many of you struggle, like I do, with being easily distracted? Once we realize we have detoured and we return to the original task, valuable time has been lost.
I believe God knew we would struggle with distractions and detours. I’m so thankful He gave us examples in Scripture to learn the strategies they used to overcome that temptation.
One such example is ...
As of the current date, April of 2020, the United States, and the world, finds itself in the middle of a crisis. The Church has been majorly impacted as well, with some wondering if things will ever be “normal” again.
Of course, this could depend upon our view of “normal” for the Church. Is it assembling every Sunday morning in a large building where we sing praises to God, give tithes and offerings for His work, and hear the Pastor deliver a Bible teaching? I would probably say this has become the standard of what the Church would consider “normal” over the last 50 or so years.
So, must the Church return to “normal?” Or, should we embrace a “new” form of normal? Could God be breaking through traditional means in order to bring a “new thing” into being?
When we think of the first Thanksgiving, do our minds tend to drift to memories of Pilgrims and Indians in November of 1621? Do we recall images of these sharing corn and fowl together on makeshift tables after their first harvest in the New Land?
But, did “Thanksgiving” start there? Although America’s first one may be remembered in that way, did you know there was a Thanksgiving feast thousands of years ago that continued for well over a millennium?
A devotional article to encourage you!
Have you ever seen an orchard of fruit trees? Living in the south, I can take a drive of about 30 minutes and come upon groves of peach trees. In their season, the boughs will be filled with luscious fruit, ready to be harvested for consumers to enjoy!
How many times have you feasted on peach cobbler, with melting vanilla ice cream running down its sides? Or made homemade peach ice cream, adding whipped topping for extra delight?
I remember many years ago as a child when on hot, summer evenings, we gathered family together for homemade ice cream. The old metal churn quickly became cold, but I loved sitting on top of it anyway, as Daddy turned the crank – over and over.
Mama and Daddy had filled the outer container with rock salt and ice, loading the inner metal canister with all the ice cream fixings – and loads of peach slices!
My “job” (or so I thought) was to ...