Archive for October, 2012

Self Contained Substitute

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Last week I spent three days in the self-contained classes for kids with severe learning disabilities.  I really like those kids and I wish I could tell you all about them because they are so awsome, but privacy laws prevent me from sharing their information with anyone not connected to their educational plan.  The day can be trying because of their challenges and because of my limitations.  It is a great place to find out what kind of person you really are.

My favorite happening this week was the fire drill.  No told me there was a fire drill so you can imagine my surprise when the alarm sounded and the two young men I was supervising were caught in the locker room mostly undressed.  They began shrieking and yelling because they knew they were supposed to go outside but they were paralyzed by the conflict of modesty.  The peer aids who were helping them didn’t know what to do either.  I was talking over them saying, ” It’s OK!  It’s just a drill!”  That didn’t seem to help them at all.  All they knew they were to go outside for the drill.  Finally ( several seconds later at most ), I dressed the closest one by finishing putting on his pants and pulling his shirt over his head.  I handed his shoes to one of the aids with instructions to put them on outside.  Then I turned to the next fellow who was able to dress with clear direction.  He then left with his aid.  As I sauntered out of the locker room I met them coming back down the hall checking to see if I was OK.  It was very touching.  They didn’t want me trapped in the building so they came back for me.  Whatever issues they have to deal with, caring for others isn’t one of them.

It made my day great!  I felt like God was telling me how much He cared for me.  How much He cares for us all.

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No Showboating – Just Love

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:1-6 NKJV

I love this passage! I love this passage! Why? Because it not only reveals the salvation that The Lord has provided for us, it reveals the humble Spirit of our God. Jesus came without fanfare. Like a tender young plant in a desert he grew to be the shade we all need. Jesus isn’t about seeking attention. “There is no beauty” that He used to seduce us into His family. He came simply, in love, to provide for our fundamental need of salvation. His form was common so that we would understand it isn’t the packaging that matters but the result. We make a serious mistake when we think that presentation trumps performance. Yes, presentation is important. It is important enough for scripture to tell us that we should season our words. It’s important enough that we are called to be at peace with all as long as we don’t comprise our holiness. More important than how things look is how thing are.

Jesus knew the truth of what He was doing so that when we turned our faces from Him when He was being punished for us that He continued performing the greatest act of love ever. When looked down on Him and refused to see His true value He carried our pain. Even when the Father dealt the payment for our sins to Him he cried out for our forgiveness! Our peace was in His suffering. Even though we were scattered to our own ways He accepted the responsibility for our assault on His holy justice. He did it all humbly like a lamb to slaughter without complaint.

That would be remarkable enough but He finished by rising and seeing the fruit of His works. Jesus is satisfied by the knowledge that He saved all that were willing to accept His labor. This knowledge saves us. He is now The Lord of pleasure and is eternally able to administer joy, peace, and even pleasure at His right for ever more. Yes, friends we who have received His gift have much to celebrate!

Joy in Him,