"Be prepared. You're up against far more than ou can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it is all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet." (Epheisans 6:13 The Message)
It has been an interesting summer of reading, learning and talking about various books and ideas. Now what? God is still speaking to each of us, calling us to not just "go" where God is asking us to go and do, but to a closer, stronger relationship with God. We started with David and facing our "giants" and have gone through daily - working on making the change - "daily".... can you for one day?
Our readings, today, are about making the decision and standing our ground. Solomon is thanking God for keeping the Covenant. Solomon is before "all the assembly" and praising God. (1 Kings 8:22) Jesus is also speaking to the assembled group of people pointing out He is Emmanuel - the "bread of life." (John 6:58). He is now asking the twelve, and us, "Do you also wish to go away?" (6:67) Jesus has already, and continues to, warn it won't be easy to make the decision to follow God. Paul is who shows us how in the Ephesians reading. I like the way The Message says it: "Be prepared." (6:13) The book we've been reading, this week: "Win The Day," by Mark Batterson, gives some wonderful advise for how we can do this "for one day."
The question is will we make the decision? Will we make, and do, the hard part -- and "be prepared" to answer the questions? Can we, even (or especially) as Caregivers "Win The Day"?
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