YOUR NEW NAME

SEPTEMBER 2

            “God … decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of His Son…  He followed it up by calling people by name.  After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself.  And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.”  Romans 8:29-30  The Message Bible

            Often God uses natural or earthly things to illustrate the Spiritual Blessings that God intends for his people.  And one of God’s favorite illustrations is the way that a marriage should work.

            God, like a bride and groom make a unanimous decision to become husband and wife. To bring their lives together as one, based on their faith and commitment to become one flesh.  It is almost as though they were predestined to be that one together.

            Then one takes the name of the other.  In our society, most brides take the name of the bridegroom.  God has given us His name.  In it we have authority and assurance of his protection and care.  We have his “power of attorney” to use on earth what He has secured in heaven.

            Then there is the establishment of a solid relationship.  The building of roles and responsibilities in marriage as to what is expected and freely given by each other to the marriage.  Most of us fall short on our contribution, but God never fails to do his part.  He is always going the second mile, bending over backwards, giving an extra blessing or two to show His love for us. Over and over again, God justified or forgives us our shortcomings.

            No where in any other relationship is forgiveness as vital as in marriage.  It is the cornerstone and the keystone that holds a marriage together.  For it is the one who you love the most, who can hurt you the most.  And they need more forgiveness for the hurts that they cause us.  God knows all about it.  He forgives us and looks at us, just-as-if  (justified) we had never sinned.  Marriage forgives and then looks at each other just-as-if they never hurt us.

            And finally, the vow that we made at the wedding altar, “Until death do us part…” is never broken.  The bonds, the love, the commitment is never ended, even through divorce, until death separates us from that vow.  Ideally, marriage is a lifelong commitment and the glory is revealed as we celebrate anniversary after anniversary together. You are the glory of your husband or wife just as Christ is you glory and you are his.

Pastor Don

 

 

Quirks About Life You Notice By The Time You Are Fifty,

Most people deserve each other.

All the good ones, no matter what it is, are taken.

The one who snores will fall asleep first.

The length of a marriage is inversely proportional to the amount of money spent on the wedding.

The gifts you buy your spouse are never as good and apropos as the gifts your neighbor buys their spouse.

Never get overly excited about a man/woman by just the way they look from behind.

If you help a relative in need, he/she will remember you the next time they are in need.

The probability of meeting someone you know increases greatly when you are out with someone you do not want to be seen with.

Toothaches always start on Friday night right before the weekend when the Dental Office will be closed.

 

There was this lady who was visiting a church one Sunday. The sermon seemed to go on forever, and many in the congregation fell asleep.

            After the service, to be social, she walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman, extended her hand in greeting, and said, “Hello, I’m Gladys Dunn.”

And the gentleman replied, ” You’re not the only one ma’am, I’m glad it’s done too!!!”

 

The Reverend Francis Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So… he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day.

As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t accidentally meet anyone he knew from his Parish. Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!

At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, “You’re not going to let him get away with this, are you?”          The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I guess not.”

Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!  St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, “Why did you let him do that?”

The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”