Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Letter

So.... I was invited by my pastor to lead a Bible study for a 6-week Lenten season in 1993 and the group has never quit. Yup! That was 20 years ago. I guess we never caught on to the material or just never got around to finishing.  Actually, the members of the group are very close and hold each other accountable.  In fact, we all jump in when someone has a problem as evidenced when one member lost her eye glasses and a search team from our study group went to her house to find them!  You can read about that venture here.

There is nothing like Christian fellowship and Bible study. We have studied shelves of Bible studies through the years, some better than others. We don't move quickly through the material. We take our time to soak in the Word and its personal meanings to our souls and daily living. We share our experiences. We question. We don't always agree.

And we laugh. I don't consider the class a success unless we have had a good loud laugh, a good old-fashioned belly laugh.

And, of course, we've had tears of compassion and prayers for deliverance. We have prayed for children, for parents, for our pastors and our community. We have thanked God for successes and strength through trials. We pray, we laugh and sometimes sing. We've been know to hug.

Frankly, I know these folks better than I do my extended family.

Recently, our newest member, who has been in the group for only one year, brought a touching letter to class.  He made copies of it and we all read it. Everyone was blessed. Everyone received something different from these simple words.  You see, it's a letter from God. The member wrote what he 'heard' God saying. I can hear scripture in each line.  I do believe God says this to all of us.

Read it slowly.

Be blessed.  See what God has to say to you:

My dear child,

Speak to Me like Job.  Get it out of your system.  Rant and rave, gripe, groan, grumble, criticize, complain, condemn.  Then when you are done sit quietly...

Be still and know that I am God and I will give you what you need, my child.  Come, enter the rest and comfort of My presence.  Release your barriers and pain.  Be renewed and refreshed by My hope, My love, My presence.  Look to Me, not to your problems.  I AM your God.  I can restore the years the locusts have eaten.  I can set your feet on a firm rock and make you more than a conqueror.

Your strength is gone - you are wasted.  Now take My strength.  It is when you are at the end of your resources that you can enter My resources.  It is when you possess nothing that you can possess all heavenly riches in Me.  You are My beloved and I AM your God.  Let your weary heart be silenced and renewed by the covering of My healing love.

Abba, Father

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