“All of our Sons and Daughters”, from L.Willows (one another’s burdens, love one another, God Protects)


I sighed and curled up saying to myself, “Thank you God- my son is safe.” I measured the distance on a map from where he was to the active shooting that was being reported on the news. (This was not the first time that I had done this, I have two sons. There have been many events.) Meanwhile, the lives of others were not. My heart felt crushed in the center as if the core of it were being pressed by the suffering of many, not just there but far beyond.

The following evening on the world news I learned that there was accelerating violence in Hong Kong. The images were deeply disturbing. I imagined that these were my sons and daughters being harmed.  They do have parents who feel. There was a reader from Hong Kong that went silent many months ago.

When I thanked God for the safety of my own son, it was a natural and appropriate response. But looking back I see that the deeper pain at that moment was something that we are collectively feeling, a deep ache for the losses of many. There are wounds left and sadly, sadly -ones yet to come. It is not only here, but much has been here in recent months.

I cannot protect my son. I cannot protect all of the sons and daughters around the world that I wish I could put my arms around. I have no power. We have no such power of protection no matter how strong love is, and it does feel like it can motivate one to do anything at times.

The only real power that protects is God.

We need to care enough about the sons and daughter of one another around the world so that no one is forgotten.

The arms of our love need to be long.

When we love with out-stretched arms, we keep our view upon each other, most importantly upon God. We remember that we do share the burdens of one another lovingly.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

That means that your sons and daughters are in the grasp of my love and my sons are in the grasp of your love.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – John 13:34

We trust in God. We Pray into His Strength.

So, wherever you are, take care of one another and fulfill God’s commandments. Live as brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers to all. We are One Family, belonging to Him. Know that He can and does protect us. Most importantly- look to God as our Protector. Pray unceasingly for all of our sons and daughters, your own family, for your community, your cities, your region, the leaders and the world. Our prayers are intimately heard. The Lord is merciful and NEAR to our hearts.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Psalm 28:7

© 2019 Linda Willows

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“The Burden becomes a Miracle”, from L.Willows (Glory to God, burdens Lifted, walk by Faith)

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The Burden becomes a Miracle, from L.Willows

This morning I was convinced that I needed to get rid of the small table in the kitchen. I already moved it from one room closer to the front door so that it would be easier to discard. It was very heavy. I had been concerned about hurting my back. I toyed with the thought of keeping it there because it was closer to the front door. But it started to accumulate more and more ‘stuff’, papers and piles of things each day. Whenever I walked in the door I loaded it up with more ‘stuff’. It became the ‘stuff’ table and started to get messy. I could no longer find anything important buried inside all of the stuff. After a week I wondered if this was a good idea after all.

I needed help. I did not know that I needed God for this. It just felt like a mess and one that had become a burden.

Anything that encourages us to make messes of our stuff to the point that we cannot see the “What” of it is not serving us. It needs to go; it has become a burden. Do you have anything like that in your life, anything that is like my table that gathers dust, stories, burdens, and stuff?

The “What” of our lives must always be The Lord. We must see Jesus so that we are filled with the treasures of knowing him. 

This morning I decided that the table had become a burden. It needed to go. The problem was that it was too heavy to get out on my own. I had been able to slide it from room to room but I would not be able to get it out of the front door and to the right receptacle for disposal without help. I went down and asked at the front desk. The answer was that I had to wait for help and perhaps pay for assistance later. That didn’t reassure me.

When we get swept by an impulse that seems almost greater than our own hearts, it is often for our ‘greater good’. Something new seems to be desiring to enter in but the old needs to move out. Have you ever had that experience?

Then for a reason that I did not understand at the time, I decided to drag the table out of the front door to the elevator while holding my lower back to test if ‘all was OK. I was on a mission. I could not be stopped. The hall was empty. I was alone so early in the morning. I remember thinking to myself, “This looks ridiculous. I know it is being caught on the security camera but I don’t care. I am dragging this table out.”

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,  for we walk by faith, not by sight.- 2 Corinthians 5:6-7

There I went down the hall towards the elevator with one hand gripped on the table and the other onto my back. I did not know how it would work at the lobby level because there was a glossy floor that might scratch. I was trusting the process from moment to moment. The elevator door opened. I dragged the table in.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

The solid bottom of the table got caught in the grove of the opening in the elevator door. I am staring at the dilemma. Then suddenly a young woman appeared out of nowhere and held the door open. She smiled at me and said, “Hello, do you recognize me?”. I smiled and nodded, “Yes!”. I didn’t, but she looked so lovely and kind. She was Ethiopian, a relative of one of my neighbors. She asked about the table and I explained that I was discarding it and that it was heavy. Helping me to slide it onto the elevator, she asked again as we were traveling toward the lobby, “Don’t you know me? My Grandmother is ‘the tall woman’.” Oh, I thought quickly, the holy woman. Well, that explains her kind shiny face. I have two neighbors that are from Ethiopia who lived on the edge of the Ark of The Covenant for most of their lives until they were forced by civil war to evacuate and come to the USA. I love them very much.

Then as the elevator reached the first floor she quickly offered to lift the table and help me to transport it to the right room to have it discarded. I thanked her and told her I knew that Jesus had been with us that morning. She smiled and understood.

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Are you as amazed at this holy intervention as I was? I did not know what would happen when the elevator opened at the lobby. I would not have been able to drag it. Something in my heart expected a miracle. I had been stuck even getting it into the elevator! The young woman appeared as if from nowhere!

As I walked back into my home, I thanked Jesus for being so close. The way that we are still spoken to in parables amazes me. Not only are we seen and helped but Our Lord sends His own to assist us. His help comes in ways so many miraculous if we are willing to step out and take the first bold move.

We do the “light-lifting”. That means preparing our hearts to meet God at his Door. Jesus does the “heavy lifting”. He provides the door and the Way. He takes us There. 

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.- John 10:9

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” – John 14:6-7

He opens the way for us. Often when we cannot see, we do not know what is ahead yet we walk forward held by His Love, trusting in His Glory.

The Burden became a Miracle!

Heavy, in scripture, means “Glory”, When I look back on this ‘fresh’ parable in my life, I see my concern about not having the ability to lift something with my own power, my own ability. When I gave that up and trusted in something ‘beyond me’ to intervene and moved forward despite the evidence in front of my physical eyes, I ignored the physical weight which was based upon worldly value. I expected a miracle. 

I used my spiritual eyes. Faith increased. The glory of the outcome and of the task went to God. That shifted the ‘weight’ of the table. It became light, filled with new possibilities and like my heart, the moment began to transform. I did get stuck but God intervened and sent His messenger to assist me. He used the daughter of a holy woman who loves Him vividly, devotionally. This is the beauty of God’s Kingdom here on Earth.

His Glory is everywhere. I witness that He seeks to bear our burdens and reach to us with Love. He longs to encourage each of us.

We are not alone nor are we separate from one another. The Lord allowed this burden to become a small miracle before me that morning. His love is gifted to us every day, every hour.

It is in this precious miracle that we trust, not with our human eyes but by faith.

© 2019 Linda Willows

“Of the Bird, of the Bird”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Loved, His Spirit, Trust)

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Of the bird, of the bird
that is pressed to flight.
Please wait, look back
Oh, see me tonight.

Know all, know all
Remember the light.
Capture our dreams
and the heart that holds might.

Take with you the sunshine.
Take with you the dreams.
Take all of the joy
that measures life’s seams.

This to the heavens.
This to the skies.
All for forever.
Bird, fly, fly, fly.

© 2019 Linda Willows

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 19:1-14
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

“Led Forward by Love”, from L.Willows (waiting for the Lord, encouragement)

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“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Led Forward by Love (Waiting for The Lord), from L.Willows

Belief is a wondrous act of our hearts and minds. It can lead us forward; give us hope, it can even reveal what we long for most deeply. When we search with the eyes of our soul and look upward to the One that calls us to Himself we see God. We are led forward by Love. I trust that. We all can. It is a promise to us.

In Greek, the root word from which we get ‘faith, the noun is PISTIS, and ‘BELIEVE, the verb is PISTUEO. FAITH – PISTIS means faith, belief, firm persuasion, assurance, firm conviction, faithfulness. BELIEVE – PISTUEO – to trust in and rely upon, commit to the charge of, confide in, have a mental persuasion.

We place our trust in what we wait upon.

When we wait for the Lord in this way, we are employing our belief in God with complete trust. Waiting compels us to learn to trust God. Trusting and relying completely upon God is the opposite of depending on the assurances of ‘this world’. It is putting full confidence in the Presence of God.
 
We sometimes revert back to a belief in our aloneness. Disappointments, sometimes the mere witness of world events can be enough to wonder if God is present. But we are never alone. 
 
God is always with us. 
 

We soar when we wait on The Lord.

 
Waiting on the Lord can mean many things. In this passage, it can mean to put our hope in the Lord. Sometimes it means to cast our weighty burdens upon the Lord who promises to answer when we call.
 
“Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 64:24
 

We can go to God for Hope. He promises to LIFT us up.

We can become weary in life but we can always go to God. He never fails us. He will receive our burdens. He will lift us up. God sees our hearts all the time. When our hearts are seen and known by Love, we respond in Love as Beloveds. Our cares are lifted into His own Heart as we are. 
 
The wondrous part about trusting God is that His answers do not fail us. Our lives are lifted into His faithful Shepherding. The walk shifts. We are not alone. We never were. Serving the Lord means putting Him first, at the forefront. We follow Love.

The Lord Leads Us Forward

He becomes the Shepherd of our lives. He leads us into Green Pastures. He restores our Souls. When we see Him and are led forward by Love, are hearts lift, we know true joy and our hearts are filled with a longing to share what has been given.
 
We serve the Hope, which is His Presence. When we wait upon the Lord, our hearts soar. Our lives are lifted. We are led forward by Love.

©2019 Linda Willows