Waiting upon God



It’s one of the hardest things to do.  It runs against the grain of our nature, especially of those of us who live in the era of instant gratification.  We just don’t want to wait, but wait for God we must, if we are to know His blessing.

Modern Americans are not experienced in waiting; it’s as if we aren’t adequately equipped, as so much has come to us rather quickly.  More comes to us more readily, and earlier; too early and too readily, it can be argued.

Recently-deceased songwriter Marvin Hamlisch was 33 when he won the Oscar for “The Way We Were; years later he remarked that he won it too young, as there was little for which to strive or after which to aspire – Perhaps, even to hope.

Wintry Wanderings and Wonderings

   I write amidst an Arctic chill laced with a shallow and fluffy snow, the first falling of any significance, and a trifle at that; still, the treachery of potential icing on the roads isn’t diminished by the promise of milder air just a few days hence – It is, after all, winter!

I am an aberrant to the norm:  I love the arctic air, loathe the more mild climes that make forays into the dead of winter, and actually find comfort in the arms of old man winter.  I was never constructed for so-called “fun-in-the-sun”; I would feel naked and vulnerable.

Yuletide Yearnings

    Irving Berlin wrote the classic Christmas song, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”  Everyone knows it.  Everyone loves it.  Everyone sings it, though whether they admit to the latter is another story!

Did you know that Berlin wrote it while relaxing by a pool in southern California with a temperature of 84 degrees?  Yep!  He was reminiscing nostalgically for the snow-laden Siberia of his youth.  I hope a revelation like this doesn’t damage the song for you! 

Yearnings are universal, especially amidst hardship; otherwise, such longings parley into a more morally-ambiguous ambition.  They speak to something innocent and especially pleasing to the heart; too often, it is for something lost or no longer to be had.

How Deeply Does God’s Word Penetrate Your Soul

Presented on 11/18/2012 with scripture reference of Luke 8:1-15

How Much do You Love Jesus

Presented on 11/11/2012 with scripture reference of Luke 7:36-50

Where Were You!

Presented on 10/07/2012 with scripture reference of Job 38:1-41

Chance or Certitude

Presented on 09/23/2012 with scripture reference of 2 Peter 1:1-11

Good Riddance or Remembrance

Presented on 09/16/2012 with scripture reference of Luke 6:43-49

Sshh Did You Here Your Name

Presented on 07/08/2012 with scripture reference of 1Sam 3:1-18

Summer Sensationalism

   I haven’t been idle since I last contributed to Meditations & Meanderings; far from it, as a matter of fact.  My time has been occupied by a bevy of house-guests, a major death in our church, several ordination candidates, etc.

I have also thrice-borne witness to the devastation of New York, via The Avengers, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (a.k.a., Gotham) and The Amazing Spiderman.  And we thought that the humidity here in Philadelphia was brutal! 

I am an old comic book fan from the ‘60s and ‘70s; back then, we couldn’t even have dreamt of such visual extravaganzas as that to which we are now being treated.  I waited forty years for an Avengers film and I can only say that it was well worth the wait!

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