My prayer for 2018

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We are almost at the end of a extremely tumultuous year.
In my 64 years I have witnessed protests and violence, the dawning and the end of a dream, Woodstock and Altamont, hope and despair.
But none of those in my mind compare to the division and polarization that presently grips our nation, and our world.
There are many factors that contribute, not the least of which is social media.
Meme’s, posts and tweets are poor substitute for honest conversation about the problems, in its many manifestations we face in our time.
But our inability to communicate only points to a deeper problem.
A problem that no matter how sincerely we might attempt to fix is not fixable by man’s efforts alone.
I am convinced there is only one solution. Only one that cuts across gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or any other group or culture we claim as our own.
And that one thing is my prayer for 2018.
That everyone of of every tribe, nation or tongue would find peace with God.
The offer the angels brought in that field to shepherds so long ago.
The offer of Peace With God, and the goodwill that brings towards men.
When we find peace with God, we will find peace with one another.
Amen, so be it…..


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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1 Response to My prayer for 2018

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Amen – No peace in the hearts of men or in the world until the Prince of peace reigns.

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