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16th of May

Hardened Off


It’s May but still cold here.  My potted geraniums survived the winter by staying put in front of our family room’s south-facing windows.  Now it’s time to harden them off, expose them to the sun and outside warmth.  When the temperature drops at the end of each day, I carry each one into the garage for protection.  I’ve been carrying for a week now, waiting for temperatures that don’t dip below fifty.  That’ll be awhile around here.  In the meantime, I carry.  One by one.  Into the sun.  Into the garage.  I carry.

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I think about how I carry myself, by my own will, into the presence of God.  And then, my proned-to-wander heart carries me away.  I do the carrying.  One by one.  Thought by thought.  Word by word.  Action by action.  I get carried away from my True Life, my supply of all I could ever want and need.  I harden myself off and hide in the shadows, believing the lie I’ve gone too far, become too cold.

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Thank you, my God, for staying Faithful and True.  Thank you, my God, for forgiving my wandering.  Thank you, my God, for your mercies new every morning. 

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Oh my soul, stay in the light of your Maker’s presence!  Oh my heart, soak!  In due time, you will bloom full in the warmth of His love!

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Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts . . .

Psalm 95:6-7

 

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