Part 2 | In an introduction to the song I Can Only Imagine, Wynonna Judd shared advice that her mother, Naomi, gave her… “Let them see your brokenness. Let them see the cracks in your armor—that’s how the light gets out!” As a believer, we are instructed to put on armor in Ephesians 6 but how novel to think that the manifestation of the light of God would flow through cracks in that armor!
Loyalty is generally defined as devotion and faithfulness to commitments to a cause, country, group, or person. However, philosophers disagree and argue that loyalty is strictly interpersonal and only another human being can be the object of loyalty.
William Nesbitt was a navy doctor in WWII, assigned to the 7th Naval Beach Battalion that landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. He shares a “foxhole” story for our edification:
Word reached me that Mike, our senior medical officer, was missing in action. His ship had been sunk by an artillery shell. Two days later he appeared in our bivouac area. He had been rescued from the water and taken back to England. Finding him uninjured and fit for duty, the Navy sent him back to his battalion on Omaha Beach.
As a little girl growing up in New Hampton, Iowa, God reached down and touched my heart. He caused me to understand that He sent Jesus to completely satisfy and remove the penalty for my sin. To this day I am overwhelmed by His great love.
In John chapter 13 verses 34 and 35, Jesus says, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
I love the idea of following a thread in Scripture and then finding gems of wisdom embedded in commentaries. Wow! That happened to me this week when I happened upon Proverbs 24:3-6.
A disciple of Christ is instructed in the Bible to allow his or her light to shine through good works. And, we are told, a lifestyle filled with the light of good works brings glory to God.
Sometimes loneliness overwhelms and a good metaphor to describe how it feels is a playground with only one child on it - me! It is painful to work hard to surround yourself with people you have given to, encouraged, supported, rooted for - only to find yourself in a predicament where you are more lonely than ever before.
In 1985, the average American had three people in whom to confide matters that were important to them. By 2004, that number had dropped to two confidants with as many as 25% of Americans having no one in whom to confide.
Lenore Wolke of Wayne, New Jersey says when a mother is raising her children, "it is like she is a softball coach. She runs the game and makes sure they get to all the bases they have to and they get there safely." Then their sons get married and the mother gets positioned in the outfield. "The son is at bat, his wife is on first base, his job is at second base and his wife's family is on third base... Mothers of sons are out in "left field" waiting for the ball to come their way."