Some children see Him…

"Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved."  Used with permission.
“Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved.” Used with permission. icon to hear music.)

Some children see Him lily-white
The Baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily-white
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
The Lord of heaven to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
With dark and heavy hair.
The children in each different place
Will see the Baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace
And filled with Holy Light.
Oh lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the Infant King
‘Tis love that’s born tonight.

                                           – Alfred Burt, 1951

Out of the “Heart” of Babes

Out of the Heart of Babes

As the story goes…

She was a very young child, with a very tender heart. While many children, early on, have “imaginary” friends, her Friend was different.  He was real!  Oh, she couldn’t actually see her Friend, but she could rest in Him.

Amidst the challenges in her home life, the little girl found comfort and solace in her Friend’s presence. She would go to Him, talk to Him, and find peace in His arms. His name…?? Jesus!

As time went on and the young girl grew older she saw, in God’s Word, truth about things she had already experienced from as long as she could remember:

In Mark 10:14, she read that Jesus loves the little children: “…Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” “That’s true”, she said, having experienced His open arms, herself.

In Deut 31:6, 8, Joshua 1:5, and Psalm 37:25, the truth was repeatedly confirmed that “…He will never leave you nor forsake you”. “That’s true, as well”, she said.  She never felt forsaken or abandoned, even in the hardest of times, because He was always there for her.

In James 4:8, she saw written that if you “Draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.” “So true, too”, she said, as she worked, daily, on doing the same.

The story of this young child reverberates even to us today, to all generations, no matter how young or how old we may be. To desire to

“see” Him as He really is
from a tender and childlike perspective;
to enter into His heavenly realm,
leaving behind our grown-up objectives

helps us all to experience the fullness of Jesus’ words in Mark 10:15 and Luke 18:17, where He tells us “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.

May that be our prayer, and our practice.

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25

New Beginnings: 2017

It has been one year, and more, since my last post.  Much has occurred during that time, the most significant of which was the lengthy illness, (and my involvement as one of the caregivers), followed by the homegoing of my dear sister just one year ago, on 12/31/15.  The grieving process has been just that….a process.  Yet, as one year of “firsts” is now over, I venture out and resume posting on this blog, GodsWordToUs.

As with most things in life, change is inevitable. I say “most” because of one exception:  GOD NEVER CHANGES, nor does HIS HOLY WORD.  For that I am most, most grateful!!  As I, now, resume sharing what God laid on my heart many years ago, I pray for wisdom, direction and guidance in proceeding on this journey, which I expect will include change, as well.  It is simply God and me, at this point in this venture, a partnership that stretches me in more ways than I realize, emphasizing my need, and the truth of John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for “without Me you can do nothing.” (NKJV) (Italics, mine). Truly it is a 99.99…% to …0.00* % partnership. (99.99…% God to ..0.00*% me.)

So, as I embark anew, I am reminded of a phrase by a former pastor of mine regarding his skiing success.  It went something like this:  Although my skill did not reflect much talent, I mastered getting up better than anyone else! 😊

Now, as I brush off my dusty knees, I would like to begin this new phase of the website, GodsWordToUs, by sharing a poem my sister was inspired to write during the early stages of her illness, four years ago.  She graciously gave me her permission, then, to share her poem, wanting to be “open to how the Lord would use it for His glory.”

My sister’s child-like faith, trust, and intimacy with Our Lord has been an inspiration to all of us, then, and now.  My prayer is that it will draw you closer to Him, as well.

Blessings to you.