Hold Me Fast

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In our day and age, travel is so common. There are many, many people today who have journeyed thousands of miles away from home–not once, but several times. I have a friend who will be flying to the opposite side of the world tomorrow morning. I can’t keep him safe, but God can. There is no place that we can venture where God is not. And wherever we are, His power and presence will hold us tightly–safely–in the grip of His love.

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If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

    if I settle on the far side of the sea,

 even there your hand will guide me,

    your right hand will hold me fast.

—Psalm 139:9-10

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The Love of God in Christ Jesus

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It was a perfect morning to be out and about.

While riding my bicycle on a trail, I happened to look up.

An airplane was writing in the sky.

At first, I couldn’t tell what was being written.

After watching for a few moments, I recognized the letters J E S U S.

I gazed upwards as I watched the airplane carefully craft the word L O V E.

The message was probably going to be J E S U S  L O V E S  Y O U.

Although I am not sure why, the writing appeared upside down.

Still, the communication was the same.

For anyone who was outside at the time, it would have been hard not to notice.

We need to know that Jesus loves us.

The pilot of the plane yesterday was flying up and down, this way and that, somehow forming the letters that would proclaim to those on the ground a simple, yet eternally important, message.

 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

—Romans 8:38-39

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That They May See

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The plane was soaring across the sky as the sun was setting.

It did so, leaving a powdery jet trail of blazing white.

The rays of the sun illuminated the trail long after the plane was gone.

 

When I think back five years, ten years—-even twenty—-did I busy myself accomplishing things that were eternally important?

Did I leave behind a blazing trail of obedience to God?

How about a visible witness of a life devoted to Him?

When I had moved away to another city, was there any evidence of lasting investment in the lives of those I knew?

I want my light to shine for others, even after I’m gone.

That means I have to start today, making decisions that honor God in all areas of my life.

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

—Matthew 5:16

 

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