TELL ME AGAIN FATHER

by Jimmie Scott church photo

 

I remember when my Dad would tell me stories of how he lived as a child. There were times in the fields when the weeds needed to be pulled. He loved to feed the chickens and pigs. The land was ever so fruitful when he planted his crop. Sometimes the rain was causing his plants to soak, so he would take a cup and steep out the extra fluids. Then they grew.

There were stories about his first car, radio, and eventually a televison. The T.V. was black and white of course. The thought of living color was not even mentioned. Before all of these niceties, the world was different, very different, he would say.

People spoke more, shared more, because there was not fast food available. People would go to church, because for many, that was the only way they would see others and make friends. The children were excited to go, so they could play and frolic.  The Ho-downs as my Dad called them were festivals of joy and happiness. The state fair was a huge holiday to them. Everyone would go and bring their homemade foods, their animals they raised, and their quilts and aprons. Many also played instruments, and the music and dancing was a party like no other.

With stories like these, my Dad also spoke of the hard times. Times when there were epidemics of whooping cough, malaria, and polio. He spoke of the wars he served our country in, and the many lives that were lost. Not all was beautiful, but all the love and prayers were allowed to be shared, openly.

Along with this information, sometimes he would tell me the same thing again. I would say, “tell me again Daddy”. Usually I enjoyed the repetition of such stories. There were times though I would say, “You already told me that.” He said he knew, he just did not want me to ever forget.

In the Bible God has done the same thing, again and again. He does not want us to forget. The emphasis on the repetition is quite extraordinary if you look at it. Much like the times my Dad would talk about do unto others as you would have them do unto you. His stories would repeat that again and again. Why? He wanted to tell me that at the state fairs, the churches, the crops, and the wars, there were times you were going to need help. He reminded me that honey is going to catch the bear, but lemon will bring open his claws.

Some of God’s “have I not told you”, came to mind this morning. There are so many because the prophets would give them in the Old Testament a great deal, and Jesus reminded us in the New Testament.

Isaiah 53:5-7(NIV)
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
AND HIS CHILDREN SAY, “TELL ME AGAIN FATHER”.

1 Peter 2:23-25 (NIV)
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[a] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Don’t’ you question? Father, “how could Isaiah have known this long before Jesus came to this world?” His answering whisper will say, “It is not the why or how you should ask me, but, the reason, the purpose. Think on these things.”

Joel 2:28-32 (NIV)
The Day of the LORD
28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the LORD will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the LORD has said,
even among the survivors
whom the LORD calls.
AND HIS CHILDREN SAY, “TELL ME AGAIN FATHER”

Acts 2:16-22  (New International Version)
16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[a]
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.

My heart says in return, from God’s Holy Word…”Oh, dear Father in Heaven, please tell me again.”


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WHISPERS THAT HUSH THE SEAS

 

I WILL CATCH YOU WHEN YOU FALL 2

 

I am currently reading this book called, “Sometimes God Has a Kid’s Face” by Sister Mary Rose McGeady. It happens to be about children who live on the streets for one reason or another. Many of them are so lost, hidden in darkness, definitely broken with no hope in front of them.

There is a story about this 16 year old girl. Her name is Dana. Remarkably the reason she was not at her home was that her father had left the whole family. She had her mother and 5 brothers. Her mother tried to find a job, but still she did not have much for their home. So, one day, Dana’s mother told her she had to leave. She had to leave! Her mother said she was old enough to take care of herself at 16. Dana felt so unloved.

So, as I read this, it reminded me of how I felt at that same age. No one loved me. There is no difference in the thinking of a mother who throws you out or leaves you by yourself. When a father leaves and does not write or call. No, it is the same. My mother did not throw me out; she threw herself out! It was like I was not good enough for her to love, so she left. The same thing with my father…just left.

She left to a place where I could never ever see her again. I tried to find her, when I was 10 years old. I looked in grocery stores, I looked at cars on the road, I looked on the sidewalks I would pass by, but she was not there. One time though in a grocery store, I thought I did see her. She looked so much like her! I was so excited! I thought, yes they all lied to me, she was still around; she did not die. I so wanted to believe it, my heart soaked up the possibility that the whole world had lied to me.

When do you want to help others? When you hold the same empathy of their heartfelt pain! Not everyone will experience this; in reality, would you want them to?

My mind hums in a wave of desire to help. This humming always happens when the love in me wants to fix everything, but I know I can’t. Then it seems like the hum is to remind me, I can’t, but He can! It is like Jesus humming to me saying, “I’ve got this and I’ve got you!” It’s a warming type of hum on the right side of my head. The hum is almost like a song.

Even now, as I write this, my eyes close and there is the ”endearing hum” from Him. It does not last long, but it will come time and time again in church. When I am listening to His Word. And, then the extreme of the hum happens. The church is praying for someone to ask Jesus into their heart. Or just praying, like for Israel. I hear it a lot when I pray for Israel.

When we are quiet enough, He whispers to our hearts. That hum will come to anyone who is willing to listen. When the storms of unloving hit your heart, think of God’s words to you.

Psalm 107:28-29New International Version (NIV)
28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea[a] were hushed.

If God can still a storm with His whisper, think of what His whisper will do in you. The darkness of loneliness disappears and His Light is rushed in with His Love. All of the groaning of aloneness is gone, He has hushed it.