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“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Splinters

 by Macy Johnson


“The man of integrity walks securely,

but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”

(Proverbs 10:9 NIV)

 

“Be sure to wear shoes on the dock!” I called out as my grandchildren ran toward the water. “Some of the boards need to be replaced soon!”

 

It wasn’t long after my warning that my son carried Noah to the house to remove a splinter from his big toe. As I watched Alex deftly free the tiny sliver of wood, I was reminded of an incident that occurred many years ago.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Good Health

 by Macy Johnson


“Long life to you! Good health to you and your household!

And good health to all that is yours!”

(1 Samuel 25:6 NIV)

 

Long ago I created a spreadsheet, like a good accountant, for all my medications, medical procedures, diagnoses, vaccinations, and various reasons for visiting my physicians. I take this medical spreadsheet with me to every appointment, whether it be medical, vision, dental, or other.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Jury Duty

 by Macy Johnson


“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities,

for there is no authority except that which God has established.”

(Romans 13:1 NIV)

 

I received the dreaded jury summons in the mail and dutifully appeared with eighty neighbors one Monday afternoon in a concert hall. With Gary Sinise’s book, Grateful American in hand, I read about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 as I watched struggle and animosity brew before my eyes. Where was God in all of our messes?

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Ring

 by Macy Johnson


“Many are the plans in a man’s heart,

but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

(Proverbs 19:21 NIV)

 

My family arrived home in the early evening, after a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. I was the first one in the door and ran straight for the bathroom. At eight years old, I still couldn’t quite judge the size of my bladder after many glasses of sweet iced tea.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Righteous Fruit

 by Macy Johnson


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Against such things there is no law.”

(Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)

 

John Cawood’s hymn, “Almighty God, Thy Word Is Cast” was written in the early 1800’s. It is to be sung by the congregation immediately after the sermon is preached. The reminder of God’s Word sown as seeds on receptive soil fits perfectly in the worship service after a pastor’s exposition.

 

Almighty God, Thy word is cast

Like seed into the ground;

Now let the dew of heaven descend

And righteous fruits abound.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Back Relief

by Macy Johnson


“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.

He will take great delight in you,

he will quiet you with his love,

he will rejoice over you with singing.”

(Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)

 

Packing up the camper one Wednesday morning I strained a muscle in my lower back. I turned and twisted the wrong way as I lifted the heavy, plywood cover off the seat compartment. The ride home was excruciating, but I managed to doze off a few times. The next day I chose to endure the pain and keep a lunch appointment with a dear friend.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Secret Desires

by Macy Johnson


“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan

that can succeed against the Lord.”

(Proverbs 21:30 NIV)

 

It was time again to cash a check so my husband, Jeff, would have bills in his wallet. I wrote a check for $100 and attached a post-it note to it that read, “May I please have five twenties?” As I drove to the bank’s drive-through I considered asking for a few five-dollar bills to hand out to anyone in need, but didn’t alter my request. I received the envelope from the teller, stuck it in my purse, and forgot about it.