March 29

            Music, it has been said, has the power to arouse various emotions in us, whether it inspires great emotions like classical music does, or baser emotions like your latest rock band or pop group do. Hard or soft, happy or sad, music touches the very fabric of our souls in a way few other things can. Music is, perhaps, one of our greatest discoveries – beating something with an animal skin stretched over it, blowing air through a tube with holes in it, plucking a string, all of it can come together to create a thing that touches something deep within us.
            Music, I think, is important to God, because it appears so often in the Bible, though we may not realize that at first glance. All of the Psalms were originally set to music, although we have long since lost whatever the tunes were. There were also songs of deliverance; for example, the song of Miriam after the Israelites escaped the host of Pharaoh, and the hymn Paul and Silas sang before the door of their prison cell opened.

            Psalms 98:4 and 100:1 both command us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord and to sing praises. When we do so, we can tap into the awesomeness that is creation, so filled with harmonies. Some ancient peoples seriously resonated with the idea of a harmony of the worlds, and they were far from foolish. It makes good sense to think of harmony in creation, because we ourselves are part of it. May we strive to remember that, as we are a part of God’s creation, we should exist in harmony with God and with each other.

March 20

I have recently been struggling with some health issues that has turned me from a caregiver to a “care receiver”. I think a lot of folks struggle with this role. We find it much easier to give care than to receive care. Some of what I feel when I ask for help is that I am being selfish and self-centered. I like to keep a low profile and not have anyone fussing over me. But the reality is that we need to take care of ourselves or we won’t be able to take care of others. Sort of like putting our own oxygen mask on first, and then helping others put theirs on.
But we all go through times in our lives when we need the help of others. The next time someone offers to help you, try to let them, or at the very least ask them to pray for you. God wants us to help each other and we ought to honor Him by both giving care and receiving care.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either one of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Loving Father,

Help us to know that you put people in our lives to be Your healing touch and to accept that help when it is our turn, so the we can then help others. Amen


March 12

During the season of Lent, many Christians observe Lent by making a change in their lives. The purpose of this change is to bring them closer to God. Self-reflection and repentance are important during this time.Whatever the change or activity initiated, it should be done so with the focus on God. For me, increasing my prayer time helps me focus on God during this time. Spending more time with God strengthens our relationship with Him. When we take time out of our busy lives to sit and talk with Him, God is delighted. During this prayer time, we also have an opportunity to listen to God. If we take the time to listen to God, He will guide us in all we do. During this season of Lent, let us put God first in our lives.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11