“Taking it out of context . . . “

Thursday, April 25, 2019. 4:15 PM

A word for those who have a penchant for saying “You’re taking it out of context.” Kindly go outside and look up at that vast sky of God’s Creation; and when you spot a bird flying in the freedom that God gave him or her, ask him if he’s flying out of context.

And if you feel some joy in your heart as you’re talking that way, then be thankful.

“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'” -John 8:34-36 NIV Study Bible.

April: “How can I be sure the bird will understand my question? I don’t speak bird language–only English.”

August: “Bird language is really easy to learn.”

April: “OK. Teach me bird language, August.”

August: “It goes like this: ‘Tweet tweet tweet.”

April: ‘Is that the only word in the whole bird language?”

August: “Yes, it is.”

April: “Well, how can I carry on a meaningful dialogue with a bird using only one word?”

August: “The way is all in “how” you speak bird language.”

April: “And what is the “how” of speaking the bird’s language?”

August: “Speak it in love.”

April: “And how do I speak to the bird in love, August?”

August: “The same way the Lord taught us to Love God.”

April: “And how did Jesus teach us to love God, August?”

August: “. . . with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and with all your strength, April.”

April: “I think I need some practice with all that, August.”

August: “OK April. Let’s practice.”

April: “What do you mean, August?”

August: “Try talking to me, April, with all your heart and soul; and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

April:  “I’d have to sing you a love song to do that, August.”

August: “Can you sing me a love song, April?”

April: “Which one would you like to hear, August?”

August: “This one, April.”

April: “August, that song is to someone named Emily. My name isn’t Emily.”

August: “We’re only practicing, April. When you’re ready to speak the language of love birds you may use whatever name your loving heart wants to sing to me.”

 

Dear Father,  By Neil Diamond.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” -Matthew 24:44 The Scofield Study Bible (KJV).

 

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them is great reward.

“Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
May they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
Innocent of great transgression.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” -PSALM 19:1-14 NIV Study Bible.

April: “August, is there a hymn or two that we could both practice together to sing as love songs to the Lord?”

August: “What about this one, April?”

August: “April, is there a love song to the Lord that you suggest for us to practice together?”

April: “Thank you for asking, August. Yes, there is one in my heart that I’d love to sing with you, August, to our Lord and Saviour.”

August: “Is there another one you like, April?”

April: “Yes, August. There are many I’d love to sing with you.”

August: “Tell me, April. I love hearing the sound of your voice when you speak to me. And I love to see your eyes looking into mine, my love.”

August: “I love you, April.”

April: “I love you, August.”

April & August: “We love you, Lord Jesus. Thank you for being the Light of our life, in You.”

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” -John 1:1-5 NIV Study Bible.

 

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