Dec 292010

We n’ de ya ho, We n’ de ya ho,
We n’ de ya, We n’ de ya Ho ho ho ho,
He ya ho, He ya ho, Ya ya ya

Translation – We n’ de ya ho
Freely translated: “A we n'” (I am), “de” (of), “Yauh” –the– (Great Spirit), “Ho” (it is so).
Written as: A we n’ de Yauh ho (I am of the Great Spirit, Ho!).
This language stems from very ancient Cherokee Cherokee Morning Song, with lyrics

Sep 202009

I said, “Let me walk in the fields;”
He said, “Nay, walk in the town;”
I said, “There are no flowers there;
He said, “No flowers, but a crown.”
I said, “But the sky is black,
There is nothing but noise and din;”
But He wept as He sent me back-
“There is more,” He said, “there is sin.”

I said, “But the air is thick
And fogs are veiling the sun;”
He answered, “Yet souls are sick,
And souls in the dark undone.”

I said, “I shall miss the light,
And friends will miss me, they say;”
He answered me, “Choose to-night
if I am to miss you, or they.”

I pleaded for time to be given;
He said, “Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in heaven
To have followed the steps of your Guide.”

I cast one look at the fields,
Then set my face to the town;
He said:  “My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for the crown?”

Then into His hand went mine,
And into my heart came He,
And I walk in a light divine
The path I had feared to see.

George MacDonald

Jun 042009

We must be about our Father’s business IN THIS WORLD, and paying attention to

WHO and WHAT and WHY is what helps us WALK IN PEACE.  HIS PEACE, not as the world offers. 

I found a writing today in Bases of World Order, a book of notes from a summerseminar led by Dr. Ernest Trice Thompson, of Union Theological Seminary,Richmond, Virginia.  Copyright 1945.  The seminar at Montreat Leadership School was in 1944.   A study was  set forth to “consider the Church’s responsibility and opportunity for the promotion and maintenance of a just and durable peace and for laying the foundations of a Christian world order.” (Foreword, Bases of World Order). 

There are too many editors to mention at this point so let the point be made here:  there were about 80 ministers, directors of religious education, professional educators, and accredited instructors secured to take part in this study.  They were all of high esteem, respected in their fields, and what they shared in their study I believe to be as relevant TODAY just as it was yesterday.  Bases of World Order takes a look at Spiritual, Political, Economic, and Social factors as being essential for world order.

Often when I flip thru the worn-out yellow pages I think, “WOW….can there ever be anything new under the sun?”  WHEN will we listen?  How will we learn?  How can a christian do his part in being ‘his brothers keeper’? 

The following is a rather lengthy excerpt from page 59 to page 68.
“III Specific Problems
A.  Relationship of Economic Security to Peace.
1.  Economic distress and conflict work against spiritual unity and peace.  Economic security is essential to man.  When he is not sure where his next meal will come from, whether his children will be properly housed or have an education, he cannot live his full life as a child of God.  The inconsistencies of living in a world where God has provided adequately for all His children, yet where there is acute poverty, make a spiritual conflict in man.  There can be no spiritual unity within a man or a group of men when the will of God for man is thus neglected.  The conflict in the economic world between the laboror and the employer is not conducive to peace, but rather is a training camp for war between individuals and nations.

2. …………..Poverty in the midst of plenty or the fear of povery has been and will continue to be an elemental motive for war…..Secretary Hull has said, ‘When goods cannot pass frontiers, armies will.’

3.  Extravagant living contributes to social unrest.  ‘The building of a good and peaceful world involves the building of national and local communities on the basis of justice, freedom, and co-operation’ (Delaware Conference)….Those who live in a so-called Christian democracy hope to see a new economic order which is just and equitable come through voluntary co-operation within the framework of democracy.  If this is to come about, there must be a willingness to sacrifice extravagant living by a few in order that the general standard of living of all may be raised.

4.  The economic welfare of all peoples must be provided for…including all other minority groups….No one group can live apart, indifferent to other groups. ‘The economic prosperity of one nation bears a direct and not an inverse ratio to that of others’ (from Delaware Conference Report)

5.  Is there need for governmental direction or control of production and consumption after the war?
….there is no new land that people may claim, which is the chief reason why the purely free-enterprise economy must be modified by some form of government control.  Government must be a ‘governor,’ using its constitutional powers to help keep the economic life stabel.

B. Present Economic Order in the United Stated
1.  The value of the profit system.
The profit system is designed to meet the exonomic needs of the world.  If by profit system we mean a return to the producer or distributor that is commensurate with the labor and time expended, the system is legitimate……….If we mean a return far in excess of a fair remuneration, if the sole motive of the producer or distributor is this excessive return without regard to the well-being of either worker or consumer, the system is selfish and is not legitimate.  It must be said that the system lends itself to selfish exploitations.  Can it be Christianized?  Or is another system required?

2.  The failures and inadequacies of the profit system.
… system is wholly adequate which places disproportionate value on the commodity produced, at the expense of the human value of those who produce it. 

When a few people derive large profits and at the same time a large majority of others, equally concerned so far as time and skill and effort are concerned, fail to receive from their labor an adequate livelihood, an adjustment to more reasonable proportions is indicated…….any system which throws millions of people out of work periodically cannot be accepted as adequate in an age in which it is recognized that it is no longer right for people to starve…….The acquisitive spirit fostered by the economic system tends to a wastage of natural resources…..destruction of the natural gifts given by God, and drives men to herd in cities…..Private enterprise encourages the money-making motive rather than the service motive.  …………the Malvern Manifesto, Section 11, states that “property is necessary to fullness of personal life; all citizens should be enabled to hold such property as contributes to more independence and spiritual freedom without impairing that of others.”…..Defects of the profit system with its resultant chaos have led certain countries in recent years to adopt an alternative way of production, which is based on complete management and control of all economic life by government.  With this has come a system of compulsion which deprives the individual of freedoms, economic, intellectual, and spiritual, necessary to human dignity…….the Delaware Conference said  ‘we do not believe that we are limited to a choice between these two evils.  If this seems the only choice it is largely because the churches have failed generally to inculcate Christian motivation.  Willingness to strive and to produce and to render services should not be dependent either wholly upon profit motivation or wholly upon compulsion.  We urge upon the churches that they have the great opportunity and responsibility to make possible a generally acceptable solution by bringing people to a different and more Christian motivation.

Any economic program which allows the quest for private gain to disregard human welfare, which regiments human beings and denies them freedom of collective bargaining, thus reducing labor to a mere commodity; any program which results in mass employment or dire poverty in mine or factory or farm; any program which fails to conserve natural resources and results in soil deterioration and erosion and along with it human erosion and deterioration of rural life in home and school and church, is manifestly wrong.  Against such evils the Church should arouse the conscience of mankind in every nation
.  The Church must demand economic arrangements measured by human welfare as revealed by secure employment, decent homes and living conditions, opportunity for youth, freedom of occupation and of cultural activities, recognition of the rights of labor, and security in illness and old age.  To secure these arrangements it must appeal to the Christian motive of human service as paramount to personal or governmental coercion.’ (end Delaware conference quote)
… was given to the American people to determine by struggle and experiment whether government by the people could be established and maintained on earth….It must now be demonstrated that human freedom is compatible with economic security…..only if our domestic order is born again with fresh vision and determination to meet the needs of men can America fulfill her new mission and bring hope and encouragement to a broken world.””””” END QUOTE Bases of World Order.

May 082009

It’s all relative.       Regardless, you are a work in progress, and like all that grows upward, there will be distraction, and impediment, and detriment….and the solution is as vague as the day your journey began, and  yet it is today that you can be free.  What do you long for?  What is the dream that keeps you up at night?  the voice that won’t let you lie to yourself longer than a day?  or two or three?  when all all the world has gone to sleep, who keeps you up at night?  Talk to Him.

Dec 312008

When I was a little girl, there were a lot of things I didn’t know, like how to tie my shoes, how to go up stairs, how to ride my bicycle. My mom and dad had to teach me these things. They taught me thru example and MUCH…As an adult, I am capable now of doing those things for myself…usually.   When I look up a flight of stairs now, I can either choose to go up those stairs one step at a time, or I can choose to take them two or three at time, or I can choose to stand there and debate the whole situation…..Just because I have learned how to do this the “right” way doesn’t necessarily mean I will!

We will be taught, one way or another, and what we choose to do with what we learn is up to us. Hopefully we learn good things, thru good people, and do good things. But sometimes it just does not work out that way. Many went to a school of “hard knocks”, learned how to be hard, and became hard. Some learned thru lies, hypocrisy, violence, and fear. Without being shown truth, justice, peace and hope, they carry what they have into their lives and into the lives of others. They just don’t have the right tools to build anything solid, anything trustworthy, anything real. At some point, people realize what is wrong, how to change it, and where to go to learn! In my life, I have done this over and over. I have analyzed, criticized, condemned, and laid waste to many many dreams, plans, and hopes. I misused so much of what I had been taught. Like so many, I looked to others to teach me a better way, a smarter way, a risk-free way.

When we choose Jesus as our teacher, we will begin to learn His ways, His heart, His mind, and His love. We will see EVERYTHING thru His goodness, thru His righteousness, and thru His mercy and love. He will graciously give us every tool we will ever need in life. He will patiently pick us up every time we stumble down, or up, those stairs. When we plow our bicycles into brick walls, He will heal the wounds. He won’t necessarily stand in front of the wall and block the impact, but He will show you how to go over the wall. How many of us struggle as we learn how to walk in Christ. We condemn others and ourselves. We take those stairs in so many ways. Many quit. Some go just so far and then sit down in their complacency. Others fine-tune an understanding that works for them and call it religion, service, martyrdom, so on and so forth.

The human mind is an incredible facilitator in either limiting us, or liberating us. The True Power and the True Teacher is Jesus Christ!

And that is what I want to impress on anyone who reads this today. It may be time to set down the old school books of self-help, higher understanding, and “build-your-own-jesus” ideologies. What are your desires? What have you learned and how are you teaching others?

God gave us His Word so that we may have instruction, comfort, and His persuasion. God gave us Jesus Christ to lead us, to teach us, to walk with us as we learn of Him. If it is your true desire to live according to His will and His ways, He will NOT FAIL YOU!!!!!   He is THE TEACHER OF FOREVER, not just a year. He loves you and wants you to have the desires of your heart. He’s not going to leave you alone in the classroom or kick you down the stairs. We may feel utterly alone and left to our own devices. We may not realize yet just how much He wants to see us succeed as we walk towards Him, beside Him, and IN HIM!

If you have never considered Jesus as your teacher, try. Remember how much He loves you, how much He layed down so that He could walk with you and teach you! His Word is a comfort to us when we realize it is for our instruction, not some twisted tool to crucify ourselves with.

We are all sinners. We all fall down. We all have so much to learn! All He wants is your heart. He will establish your thoughts and renew your mind. He is the only solution to the self-condemnation when we stumble, fall short, and give up. He’s not standing at the top of the great stairway jeering at you to hurry up and get it right! He’s not behind, prodding you with daggers of self-ridicule and impatience! Jesus is right there beside you, gently calling your name, loving you and showing you Himself at every turn, in every step, in every mishap. He wants us to comprehend, believe, and have faith in Him, Hope in Him!

Father, thank you for teaching us mercy, love, patience, understanding, and faith! Thank you Father for loving us so much and so completely and so unconditionally! We need you Father as we continue to walk thru this world, as we press towards our high calling, which we learn thru your son Jesus Christ! Father show us the way. Open our eyes so that we can see you as our teacher, as our truest friend, as our comfort and our hope! Whatever tools we carry, whatever lessons we have learned that are not of you, Father equip us in your Word, in your Holy Spirit, as we take courage and walk as your children! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.