Musings on a Tuesday

Hello dear Friends,

It has been such a struggle during this cold and gloomy weather to drag myself out of bed, to put my feet on the floor, to be motivated at all. I have in my mind always that I should be helping other people to come to know Jehovah, to help them see His great love for them. That I pray daily for these things is some comfort, but this huge burden of immobility just crushes me down and makes me feel unworthy, and lazy.,

Over and over I have been reminded that Satan uses this as a tactic, that discouragement can distance us and keep us stuck in the mire of self hate, the sediment of low self esteem and depression. Recently at my meeting for worship

we went over the fact that those feelings can be overcome by considering the ransom of Jesus Christ, and by earnest prayer for soundness of mind, which is promised to God’s faithful ones.

It is very easy for me to not take the steps I need to take, but then the way to death is a wide and spacious road the Bible tells us, while the road to life is a narrow and cramped one. I must struggle thru the weeds and brambles on this hard and narrow road, not fall prey to the worldly wolves and lies that are strewn about like stumbling blocks. Keeping my eyes fastened on the light I see before me at the head of the path I will throw off these burdens and keep climbing.

Physically I may be weighed down, and my mind and body are full of sin and imperfection, and my breaths come more shallow and labored than ever before. But just like the Bible says at 2 Corinthians 4:16-18,” Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day.(17) For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing greatness and is everlasting,(18) while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting.”

I hope no one else suffers from the disquieting thoughts that I do, recurring images of the life I once lived, that come unbidden to frighten and distract me. But these I know, and I want others’ to know, will one day vanish forever, and will NEVER AGAIN poison our lives. We will be free from all the flashbacks, all the debris, all the residual effects our current circumstances inflict on us. I believe this, I  know and have faith in this fact this because God has promised it to me, and to all who serve Him .

I want to read it now, so I will write it down here:

Revelation 21:3-5 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. (4) And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”.(5)And the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making all things new”. Also he says, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

What incredibly beautiful words. What a certain promise.

I feel better already!

Be Set Free

Hey there. It’s me again, as you well know. I have had a horrid day as far as my physical well being. I had to clean out some gutters yesterday during torrential downpours, and I got drenched on three occasions, as well as climbing ladders, which is very ill advised, in my situation. At any rate, I could not walk today, just a few steps here and there. I had to take some medicine and a hot pack and some ice packs and go to bed until 3 this afternoon. I was fortunate, in that Dad has been sleeping all day lately, so it was easy to convince him that we should go to bed.

I do not know what my future holds, as far as my physical deterioration. I had no idea that I could become SO debilitated SO rapidly. The pain and degradation to my joints seems to be on fast forward. I have seen folks in their 80’s get around better. Oh well, this is not to be another litany of feeling sorry for myself.

What I wanted to say today is about Jehovah, and his Son, Jesus. I will be brief, because I just want to impart a tiny kernel of loving kindness to you today, since I can’t go door to door like my fellow Witnesses. I thought I could tell you that God has a personal name, not just Lord, or God, like some Bibles say. No, he has a formal, real name just like you and I do, and it is Jehovah. It used to appear in all Bibles, but, over the last 2000 years or so, it has been removed. Why would certain people do such a thing, you may ask?

Well, it turns out that it has not been in certain people’s interest to have the “little” people understanding the Bible, and certain other religions have said that the sacred name should not be spoken aloud. But, Jehovah wants you to know his name, to say it, to pray to him, and to love his name. I mean, if you think about it, God knows your name! And you would not want people just calling you man, or woman instead of your personal name, would you?

“Hey man, come here.” or “Woman, let’s go get a cup of coffee.”

That would be pretty strange. I was really amazed when I found out that God’s proper name, Jehovah, had been totally removed from many translations of the Bible, such as the King James. Sometimes you can still find it at Psalm 83:18, which says, “You, whose name is Jehovah,you alone are Most High over all the earth.” The truth is that Jehovah’s name appearsĀ thousandsĀ of times in ancient Bible manuscripts!

What I really like is that when Jesus taught his followers the “model prayer”, or what many call “the Lord’s prayer”, Jesus even says, “Our Father in heaven, let your name be sanctified.’

Ok, that is my bit of preaching for today. Now , back to your regularly scheduled blog entries!