What a blessing it is, Lord, to be rekindling relationships long-ago ignited!
Relationships that burned brightly for a seaon… until they became embers. Embers that were later scattered by the four winds to all parts of the country and beyond.
Forty years later, You have brought the embers together again… and a New Fire has been ignited.
“I baptize you with water. But One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16)
We spent the weekend reflecting on our lives in twenty-year segments.
The first twenty years — Childhood joys (and pain). Teenage angst. College freedom and promise.
The second twenty years — Careers begun. Grad degrees earned. Ladders climbed. Careers “rebooted.” Days of Light. Days of Darkness. Families formed. Families grown. Families broken. Some… enduring.
The third twenty years — Families blended. Children married. Grandchildren spoiled. Midlife Madness. Roads taken / not taken….. to regret. Longings Fulfilled. Barely Surviving.
And so much more…
But what about The Next Twenty, Lord?
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
The start of The Fourth Quarter. The time to get “affairs” in order. Eternal Affairs.
“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:27-28)
Finishing races well.
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” (Hebrews:12:1c)
Starting races never begun before.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will freely pardon…” (Isaiah 55:6-7)
“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers His righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12b)
Speaking the words You give, Lord… for such a time as this.
“We are, therefore, Christ’s Ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)