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“SHINE THE LIGHT OF JESUS IN THE DARKEST NIGHT” says Casting Crowns in “Until the Whole World Hears”.

Now, that “dark night” might be your own, or it might be a total stranger’s. So no matter what kind of day you are having, no matter what is weighing on your heart, you better darn well smile and say “please” and “thank you” to even the kid at the drive-thru today!

You might be the only LIGHT they see today. “Because Nice Matters”!

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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The Body of Christ… the Church as God designed it:

But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12: 24b-28.

As many of you know, it’s been a very very stressful couple of years in our family.  (How many blogs have I prefaced that way?!  Sorry.)  This, and other physical issues, have taken a toll on me.  Tomorrow I have to go for a rather nerve-racking medical test. Fear of the unknown is a powerful thing!

You may also know that I work at my home church.  On Wednesday mornings the older crowd gathers for prayer and Bible study with the pastor.  Today he came to the office and told me that my “presence was requested” by the Bible study group.  I figured they needed something so off I went with pen and paper in hand.

However, when I got there the pastor sat me down and the entire group got up and gathered around me to pray!

Time out for tears, BRB, hard to type.  OK, composure regained…maybe.

I’m trying to think of how many people are in the group this morning.  Enough to fill a rectangle of six long tables.  Pretty good size group for us.  The sight of all those older church members getting up and gathering around me was so amazing!  As the pastor anointed me with oil and began to pray I cried.  God’s presence was so comforting and my emotions overwhelmed me.  Can you say “ugly cry”?

So let me ask you folks, if we ARE the Body of Christ, then what are we all doing with that gift?!  Let me give you this challenge:  The next time you find yourself telling someone “I’ll be praying for you”, stop and say instead “can I pray with you about this right now?” and then do it!  That’s a win-win!  The person receiving prayer is abundantly blessed and you have done what you said you’d do on the spot.  No thinking two days later “gee, I forgot to pray for so-and-so the other day”.  You know you’ve all done that! 🙂

Now, go out and BE THE BODY this week!  Then come back and let us know about your experience.

But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way
– Casting Crowns

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This is kind of a cheat blog.  I’m basically just posting song lyrics!  But that’s OK…it’s been a stormy year:

Praise You In This Storm
By Casting Crowns
From the Album Lifesong 
Hear a Sample

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

Chorus:
I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

Chorus:
(2x’s)
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The maker of Heaven and Earth

Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NIV)
 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

Thank you, Casting Crowns, for KNOWING and touching so many hearts with your words.

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