Life Preserver

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When I’m on a boat or ship, I like seeing the life preserver rings and lifeboats scattered about the ship.  Not only are they interesting, but they are comforting.  If the boat has trouble, we have a plan.  And knowing that we have a plan, I can relax and enjoy my time on the boat. 

In life, it’s not always so easy.  I look about frantically for the life preserver ring, for the lifeboat that will magically whisk me away from troubles.  Being a Christian is not a magic cure for “no more troubles.”  In fact, Jesus said once, “In this world you will have trouble.”  But then He finished by saying, “But take heart, for I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33) He’s bigger than what I see now; His gaze and reach and scope is so much more.  He’s there to rescue me, save me, and keep me from drowning, but these everyday troubles sometimes remain because He knows that it strengthens me and makes me more like Him.  He saves me completely and utterly, but the magnitude of that will not be fully seen until I am with Him one day.  And I will be utterly amazed at the enormity of His rescue.  Blessings, Lisa

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”  ~Psalm 91:14-15

 

The Mystery of the Three Ships

“I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)” is one of my favorite Christmas carols.  Written in 1666 using an old English folk tune, historians are mixed and unsure of what the composer’s lyrics actually represent.  Do the three ships refer to the camels bringing the three wise men through the desert to worship the newborn king…the “ships of the desert”?  Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus Christ coming into Bethlehem?  I have a rather lacksadaisacal approach to these kind of questions…I usually just pick the most logical theory, and then not worry about it, because I just like the song!  🙂  And I choose…..hmmm, if I told you, then it wouldn’t be a mystery anymore!  Here is my favorite version of “I Saw Three Ships”, performed by the Chieftains and Marianne Faithfull.  Have a wonderful day.  Slainte, Lisa

 

Riding the Sea on Angels’ Wings

I love to ride upon the sea, whether by ship, boat, boogie board, or by kicking my own two feet.  The feel of the sea spray on my face, the gentle or not so gentle rolling of the waves under my body, the knowing that the ocean goes on and on with its beauty.

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands. ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”  (Psalm 91:11,12a,14-15)

Riding the sea upon the wings of God’s angels; may His peace, contentment, and joy be yours today.  He loves you.  Slainte, Lisa