Wino wa mungu haufutiki.

Wino wa mungu haufutiki. Swahili
God’s ink is indelible.

Isaiah 49:16: Behold, I have indelibly imprinted you on the palm of each of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.

Good Monday morning,

Indelible; not able to be erased, indestructible, enduring, lasting, memorable, stirring, unforgettable, ineffaceable, ineradicable, inerasable, inexpugnable, inextirpable, ingrained, permanent.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, also known as The Deer’s Cry is traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick during his Irish ministry in the 5th century. A document gives account of how Patrick used this prayer: Patrick sang this when an ambush was laid against his coming by Loegaire, that he might not go to Tara to sow the faith. And then it appeared before those lying in ambush that they (Patrick and his monks) were wild deer with a fawn following them.
St Patrick applied Isaiah 49:16, he confirmed the Swahili proverb with the following words within the whole poem.

Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.
(St Patrick, 390-461 A.D.)

Wishing you all a great start this Monday!

Philemon

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/st-patricks-breastplate-the-poem-of-irelands-greatest-saint

Hanging by a thread!

Isaac Newton “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

This week I had a “close call” on my bike, due to car not doing what I thought it would do,  due to the rain and the brakes of my bike not reacting as I thought. A little shaken I put the incident aside and kept driving my bike for the rest of the week. This Saturday it was time to finally give them brakes a closer look. To my big surprise the brake cable was rusted through and there were only one or two strands of the cable still connected. So, that little remaining thread, caused some brake action, to do a bit of its job and yet it wasn’t the thread that saved me from crashing into the car!

Cables used on bicycles are in two parts. The inner wire is made of twisted strands of steel. The outer housing is also made of flexible steel, usually wound in a helix. The inner wire runs down the middle of the housing. Both parts are equally important: neither can work without the other. “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In the case of bicycle cables, this means that there cannot be a pull on an inner cable without an equal push on the housing. The housing gives the pull of the cable something to pull against.

Deuteronomy 20:8 “The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.’

In mob psychology; If one man breaks and runs because he is fearful, he is likely to set off a whole scale retreat because everybody else will be frightened by the one who was fearful. So a situation is routed and defeated, because the action of one affects the attitude of all. The opposite works, too—the bravery of one can also inspire all.

My brakes were so disconnected, they were just hanging by a thread, yet those few rusty threads still did a little bit of work, enough to cause a counter reaction in me to find a solution without the brakes!

Each of us needs a thread of hope at time, with that thread being well fitted into the right “housing” as with bike cables it might not so much be the thread that is the hope but the right “housing” surrounding us!

This week the housing could be the verse from Philippians 4:8;
Therefore, “my friends”, those things that are true, those that are honorable, those that are righteous, those things that are pure, those things that are precious, those things that are praiseworthy, deeds of glory and of praise, meditate on these things.

Wishing you a great week!
Philemon

Prayers and Songs in the Diaspora

Monday 10/2017

my thoughts go out to all living far from home,  in the diaspora!

Daniel prayed in the diaspora; “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.  Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

Diaspora – the movement of people from one place to another. An estimated 230 million people currently live outside their country of origin.

When Solomon prays to dedicate the temple, he prays for foreigners who come to Jerusalem to pray as well as for Jewish exiles who are scattered to other nations.

In 2nd Chronicles 6:33 he prays: “Hear from heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.”

J. Rosen shares of the Jewish diaspora. The Talmud offered a virtual home and refuge for an uprooted culture, and grew out of the Jewish need to pack civilization into words and wander out into the world. The Talmud became essential for Jewish survival once the Temple – God’s pre-Talmud home – was destroyed. J. Rosen.

In the diaspora, far more was developed then words and prayer. In the music coming out the of the African diaspora, there is frequent use of the “Ostinato”, a short, determined, repeating melodic phrase often even at the same pitch. In 12 “Years a Slave” the song, Roll Jordan Roll was so beautifully done, as an example of a “spiritual” of the diaspora. The Jordan is a reference to the River Jordan, which in Biblical tradition the Israelites crossed to enter the Promised Land. As such, by crossing the Jordan River, the singers are expected to be able to set down their burdens and live life without trouble.

Mother Theresa  in a God chosen diaspora had a wonderful prayer to deal with all possibly hard situations she faced  in the diaspora:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

Wishing you a great week, especially if you are far from home!

Philemon

For most of the day the roots hang in the air

Good Monday morning to you all,

May my words drop as the rain, my speech distil as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. Deuteronomy 32:2

This verse takes me to the orchids of Papua New Guinea, growing high upon huge trees of the tropical rainforest. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants, with more than 25’000 species. Although generally thought of as a tropical plant, orchids grow on every continent. The smallest orchid is the size of a dime. Orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world. There can be up to 3 million seeds in a single orchid seedpod. It takes patience to grow an orchid. The plant’s first flowers won’t appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination. Some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last up to half a year. Orchid flowers always grow upside down when mature. The orchid can have enough blooms to be heavy enough for the orchid to hang down. Gravity always wins! Orchid plants can live to be up to 100 years old.

In aeroponic culture, some orchids grow attached to the branches of trees high above the soil. These orchids are called epiphyte, a plant that grows harmlessly upon another plant (such as a tree) and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris accumulating around it. Epiphytes differ from parasites they grow on other plants for physical support and do not negatively affect the host. As the tree provides support, frequent rain or precipitation provide the nutrients by materials that run down the trunk and branches of the tree. For most of the day the roots hang in the air, which provide the necessary oxygen. Yes, plants can be grown without soil, being provided with all the necessities, even those of the soil.

This reminds me of God’s creative power, to come up with such an amazing plant, but also far more than that it reminds me of His mercy that comes upon up as as showers of rain!  There where we feel like we’re  planted out in the air, or even like we feel like we were left hanging, or have not been planted in soil.
With the orchid, it doesn’t miss the soil because it has been made to live that way. The Word of God is reviving and refreshing like the gentle precipitation upon the tender grass, a savor of life unto life. It is like comfortable dew to those who are rightly prepared to receive it. His Word distills like dew, and deeply and sweetly insinuates itself into our hearts as we receive and welcome it.

Dear loving and compassionate God, may your words drop as the rain, your speech of grace distil as the dew with nutrients of life. Let your gentle rain come our tender hearts and let the great showers fall, as we commit to you this new week and season of growth. Amen

wishing you all a great week!

Philemon

Storm-winds of the soul

Good Monday morning to you all,

These storm-winds blow
in many of our lives, they come in extreme intensity, then they pass or we find shelter. I was busy this week with finding shelter in midst of the tempest.

This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16

We will not walk therein notes their great willfulness, that though the prophets had directed them in the right way, and though they knew others had experimented it to be so, yet they would not be persuaded to walk in it, but deliberately refused those favors offered. What if this verse is now showing us a different or new direction, no longer an ancient one, but one leading to a shelter in midst of the tempest, one where we find rest, peace, where the heart is established as refuge, the mind is tranquil and serene which before was fluctuating and wavering, no longer tossed to and fro by the storm winds.

Could their thoughts and willfulness be a reversion, seeking the intention of the maker, to fill their living soul with His vital breath again and again, mysteriously tying back spirit and soul?

Psalm 139 says; “You formed my inward parts, You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it”.

Could it be when the soul and spirit are tied together again and are in sync, that it is referring to when living in us, is a renewed emotional force and effectiveness again, a heart able to find access to God, the way of conveyance of all of His blessings of grace; the way to the Father, the living way which always continues, the same, a plain and safe way. Therefor with foresight or prudence we are called to watch over our hearts with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Prov. 4:23).

My contention for this week:

In the weaving of soul and spirit I receive His breath to my heart, I choose to watch over my heart, letting it become a shelter and defense against the tempest and the soaring storm winds.

I wish you His breath and shelter this week!

Philemon