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Heart of pearls

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The word faithfulness, or full of faith, draws up a myriad of images from the well of our memories. Some of those remembrances are full of light and love, radiating hope from their depths. While others are colored gray or black as we remember times when those we trusted to be faithful were anything but.

We remember other people’s faithfulness, and other people remember our faithfulness, or lack thereof. But, how many of us take time to recall and remember how many times the LORD has been faithful to us?

There are so many times in scripture that we are cautioned and warned not to forget what the LORD has done, how faithful He is. Many times this push to remember is accompanied with the reminder of the fact that He can’t be anything but faithful because being wholly faithful is not just a part of His character, it is who He is.

Let’s take the time today to remember the LORD and His faithfulness to us, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.

“For great is His faithful love to us; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Hallelujah.”

Psalm 117:2

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Old books

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I love books. I have always loved books. It’s not just what stories they tell that has always captured my imagination, but it’s how they are.

New books smell like new paper and new ink, while older books smell a little damper, a little richer, a little deeper. Older books feel that much more fragile than younger books, making you want to handle them a little more gently, taking care every time you turn their pages. Many times when those pages are turned rustling quietly, you find treasures of hand inked artwork or colored plates that look more like they could be framed and hung on the wall instead of nestled between pages of text.

You can always tell when books have been printed with inexpensive ink on less than optimum paper, making it seem like whoever put them together didn’t care enough to take the time to make sure they had the very best of materials at hand. The cheaper books smell a little more acrid, the pages are bound together so they fall out easily and they just don’t appeal.

I sometimes go to used bookstores to see what they have. Whenever I buy a book from one of these stores, especially older books, I wonder who has handled them before me and what those people’s stories were. I think about the story behind the story so to speak.

We all have them, these stories of our lives, and each is unique to us even if some of the situations and hallmarks of our tales are very similar.

The other day a friend of mine mentioned that we are all books being written and whoever we are in contact with and whoever we care about, or maybe don’t care about, finds their way into our own book. Whether that presence be in a word, a sentence, a paragraph, a page or more. Our life stories are threaded throughout with the life stories of others as they touch our own. The impact they have on us is forever recorded in the pages of our own lives.

Yet, even though we all have our own life story that is being written in our own books as we go along, and our books are connected with other people’s books, that doesn’t mean we are able read our own story as it is. Many times we read it with colored glasses, making it fit in with what we want it to be, instead of just accepting the story that’s laid out in black and white before us, and seeing ourselves, and our stories, as they truly are.

Even so, what amazes me about the stories of our lives, the books of us and how we feature into other people’s books as well, it that they are all being kept track of by the Lord and where we figure into the books that He keeps. The Book of Life that He keeps includes the names of all those whose own books feature Him and tell of a relationship with Him.

Just like books that we can pick up, read, smell and feel, and through that can tell if they are new, old, made well or not, the books of our lives should show the impact the Lord has on us and our lives and whether we belong to Him or not. The pages and words should show where He touches us, where He changes us, and where His unfailing love and faithfulness is featured in the words, the sentences, the paragraphs and the pages of our lives.

For those of us who believe,  He should show up like precious gold among the black and white pages of our lives.

“However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Luke 10:20

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