Prognostication, No—Prayer, Yes

I doubt if there is anyone in the world who sometime or another has not wished they could know what the future holds. For me, the urge to know comes when things are going badly for me. I find myself wondering if things will improve soon and if this event or that event will come out in a certain preferred way.

I don’t believe in fortune telling because it is forbidden in the bible: Leviticus 19:31 “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” Yet, I find myself wondering, wondering instead of praying.

When all is going well, I would tell you that I never seek out my horoscope to read it, but when things are going wrong, I confess that I have often checked out my listing. This morning, I opened the paper specifically to look at my horoscope for tomorrow and had the wry thought that I would find out what more was going to go wrong. The thought brought me up short. Why would I be looking at my horoscope—even if there was something to it—in order to see what more was going to go wrong tomorrow. Doesn’t the bible say in Matthew 6: 34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Why ever would I want to know the evil of tomorrow while it is still today?

I think I now understand why it is wrong to try to discern the future. I believe the Lord wants us to live faithfully in the here and the now, content that like the sparrows and the flowers of the field, the Lord will provide us with food and raiment as needed. After all, no matter how much we may worry, we cannot add a single hair to our heads. All is in the hands of our Father and it is to Him that we should turn when we find ourselves wondering about the future. Through prayer and worship of the Lord, we can find the peace that passes understanding no matter what the future may hold.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 16 v. 13-24 with Betty

13 And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.

14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.

16 This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.

17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.

18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.

20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.

21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.

23 And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.

24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

That evening the quails came—the flesh the Lord had promised— and the next morning when the dew disappeared they found a substance on the ground which they called manna.

Moses told the men to gather the manna according to the needs of each of their  families; and although some  gathered more and some gathered less, when all was measured they that had gathered much had none left over and they that had gathered little had enough.

Moses told the people to leave none of the manna till morning, but some saved it anyway (presumably because they did not have faith that it would appear again the following day). Those that saved the manna found that it bred worms and stank by morning.  Moses because angry at their actions.

Then came the sixth day when the people gathered twice as much of the manna (or bread).  The rulers of the congregation came and told Moses this but he was not concerned. He told the people that on this, the sixth day, they were to save the remainder not used for the following day  which was the Sabbath, the day on which they were not to go out and gather and the day when the Lord too would observe the Sabbath and would not provide the daily manna. As  Exodus 16, verse 24 says,  “And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.”

Betty Killebrew

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Stick it out

Sometimes the job you do truly seems inspired
You go far away and over what simply is required;

Other times you have to push just to get it done
And hate your work and wish to do something that’s more fun.

That’s when your truest character rises to the top like cream—
Will you decide to stick it out or race off toward a dream?

You might as well just stick around; it doesn’t matter where you go;
Some days are purely wonderful and others just “so, so.”

Elizabeth Ruth

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A Sympathetic Friend

If someone is so cranky
That you don’t know how to feel,
Think about their troubles
That could be very real.

You may think someone so crotchety
Delights in being mean,
But the hardship that provokes them
May be something that’s unseen.

If you answer crossness mildly
And demonstrate you care,
You may soon learn they are suffering
Something you, yourself, could never bear;

For some keep sorrow hidden
Though their mood is turned to gloom
As they ponder in their hearts
Some unhappiness that looms;

But if you can look beyond
Their cranky attitude,
You may find yourself relieving
The worst of their bad mood;
For then you can be something
Whose value has no end—
Something that they do not have—
A sympathetic friend.
Elizabeth Ruth

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The Label on Your actions

Selfishness spawns cruelty
And can be a sign of psychopathy.

When you think you are the one
‘Round whom revolves the sun,

Then your inflated sense of worth
Is the devil granting you a curse.

Generosity is a loving word, a sign of one who cares.
When you deal with others, which label do you wear?

Edwina Williams

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Signs of Wisdom

Every once in a while you see a sign that compresses a lot of wisdom into a very short message.  Here are a few I remember.

The boss isn’t always right, but he’s always the boss.

 The cost of living is always the same—all you’ve got.

It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.


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Exodus 16 v. 1-12 with Betty

16 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

4 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.

6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:

7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord; for that he heareth your murmurings against the Lord: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?

8 And Moses said, This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the Lord heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.

9 And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the Lord: for he hath heard your murmurings.

10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.

11 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

 About halfway through the second month that the Hebrew people had been traveling away from Egypt they found themselves in the wilderness of Sin and they began to murmur against Moses and Aaron for leading them out of Egypt where they had plenty to eat. The Lord heard their murmurings and told Moses he would rain bread from heaven that the people could gather every day, and on the sixth day they would gather and prepare twice as much as the other days.

Moses told Aaron to gather the people and tell them they would see the glory of the Lord for he had heard their murmurings.  He promised them they would eat flesh that evening and bread to the full in the morning.

Then the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud and the Lord spoke to Moses and promised that the people would eat flesh in the even and bread in the morning and would thereby know that he was the Lord, their God.

Without reading ahead to find out for sure, I would have to assume that the people were again satisfied for a while that the Lord would take care of them.  However, like uncertain little children, it seems they needed his constant presence and reassurance or they became frightened of what was ahead; but the Lord was patient in his reassurance and ever ready with his assistance.

I can relate to how these people of Israel felt.  When I am floundering around in a wilderness of sin and uncertainty, I too have trouble remembering that the Lord will take care of me. Only when he makes manifest his plan and purpose do I begin to understand that he has been with me all along.

Betty Killebrew

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A New Week

On Sunday morning I sit in church
Surrounded by God’s peace
In never-ending wonder
At a love that does not cease.
My soul expands with glory,
Bathed in unbounded love
That wraps me like a cloak
That descends from up above.
I’m fortified to start anew—
The Lord once more my crutch—
So no matter what may come this week,
It will not seem too much.
I’m renewed to start once more
The grueling task of living,
To face the trials of a new week
Being patient and forgiving.
Elizabeth Ruth

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Smile at me…

I’ve been immersed in gloom,
But I’ll be done with it real soon;
I am taking steps to cheer up–
I think that I can “gear up”,
To be a lot more cheerful
Instead of being drearful;
So please give me some aid
So my gloominess will fade—
Just smile when our paths cross
And that smile will not be lost.
I will take it on my way
And pass it on all day,
And that smile will spread around
To all the people in our town;
And don’t just smile for me
But for everyone you see;
You never know who needs it
Or where the Lord will lead it.

                  Edwina Williams

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