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“Au Revoir”

When Jim and I decided that our lives would intertwine, we both agreed that “goodbye” was something neither of us wanted to ever say. It’s too “final.” It doesn’t say what we believe.

So, if you overhear us talking on the telephone, or parting from each other in public to do separate tasks, you’ll hear “Au Revoir.” 

French for “Until we meet again,” this phrase has a wonderful way of affirming, each time we talk, that there will be another meeting. Yes, we both know that life intervenes in ways that can interrupt our expectations for today, or tomorrow. We may be sad tomorrow because we must wait for that next meeting a little longer. The blessing in “Au Revoir” affirms life. Life goes on, and it’s a journey that takes us beyond what we can see.

The bible speaks over and over of life, before and after our earthly journey.

Psalm 139 speaks of God knowing us before we lived on earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

In the gospels, Jesus tells us that we can expect eternal life, and its our choice how that eternity exists.

Science has proved that life exists beyond our perceptions. A rock may appear lifeless, or even useless, but within its makeup is life.

There are countless people that have come through our lives that we look forward to seeing again. There are people who have moved across the divide before we could say “Au Revoir,” and we will joyfully hold them in a huge bear hug once we see them again.

To my friends, even if I have not met you yet, Au Revoir! We will meet again!

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“Liquid Love” By Penguino As seen on Deviant Art

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Water and the Spirit…

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John 3:3-5 proved to be a difficult task to explain for the intern pastor. He spent most of the sermon discussing how confusing this passage was.

Bible Gateway has this:

John 3:3-5

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”

To me, explaining the power of the Spirit is easy.

You see someone’s smile, you hear their kind voice. You feel the warmth of their skin as you share a touch. Your brain has no understanding of this except through the energy transferred by nerve impulses into various areas of the brain. Your body can generate energy that is read by machines.

Okay. lets get practical. Jesus also uses the metaphor of the wind a little later in this passage.  “You do not know where it comes from or where it is going…,” Jesus said a few verses later.

If I throw you a beach ball, can you catch it? Can you throw it back to me? Can you see it and feel it? How do you know?

Good. If I throw you a ping-pong ball, can you catch it, throw it back to me, see it and feel it? How do you know?

Good. Let’s get smaller… how about a peppercorn? How do you know?

Smaller still… how about a mustard seed? How do you know?

There are smaller things that we can’t see until they’re under microscopes. Wait… Don’t you know?

Yes, you do…you feel the wind as it touches you and passes by… What you feel, and what you see in the effect of the wind as it moves objects in its path, is the movement of many small atomic particles. If they weren’t there, you would feel nothing.

You can’t catch the wind and throw it back – well, maybe you can, you just wouldn’t know whether or where you threw it.

So, where am I when it comes to tying all this together? The Spirit of God is the energy God has created to power us, to power change, to make a difference in this world. That question I asked above, “How do you know?” makes all the difference in being Born of the Spirit. You don’t know because someone tells you – you know because you’ve experienced it. You know the power of God, and that He exists.

Jesus said, “Where two or more of you are gathered, there I am in the midst.” Mt. 18:20

He also said, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it is yours.” Mark 11:24

Prayer, for the believer, is a special gift. Like other skills that we learn, our knowledge of God and how He works gives us a special confidence in Him. It takes experience with Him to know that your prayer is powerful and that concentrated prayer is even more so. Scientifically, when energy is focused, it holds more strength and power. Prayer also is sometimes answered in years instead of days or hours, or instantaneously. Is it any wonder that Jesus would speak of these things?

As you explore the supernatural, you may just find yourself returning to the One who told it all… our Creator and our Lord.

Finally, If you aren’t “there” yet, don’t worry. Touch God, and you will touch eternity.

Karen

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