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Be still, Pray, and Have Hope (pt 3) – Putting it all together

Imagine it is, 1917, and you live in Portugal, somewhere near a little town called Fatima.  You’ve been hearing rumors of something strange happening there – three shepherd children who claim to see visions of the Blessed Mother.  They say that they’ve seen her every month since May of that year.  The officials, and even one of the girl’s parents, don’t believe any of it and think the children are lying.  And yet . . . . what if they aren’t?

The children say that the Blessed Mother promised a miracle the next time she appears – on Oct. 13.  Part of you doesn’t want any part of it – no sense borrowing trouble or getting mixed up with a bunch of lunatics who believe everything they hear.  But the other part of you . . . . can’t help wonder . . .  and hope . . . what if?  What if she really is appearing to these children?  What if God really is reaching out to us and has something important to tell us?  What if?

That’s where we are now.  If you were in Fatima, on Oct. 13, 1917, what would you have done?  Would you have gone to the Cova?  Even if it was just out of curiosity, would you have gone out to the field to see the miracle that was promised?

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”  Luke 21:36

How watchful are you?  We spend our days running on autopilot, never stopping to look at the sunrise, the flowers, or just sitting and looking at the stars, but then, when something happens, or when we need to make a big decision, what is the first thing we say?  “God! Send me a sign!!”  How many signs does he send us, and we don’t even pay attention?

Many of you have heard of Fatima and the appearance of the Blessed Mother to the shepherd children in 1917.  If you haven’t, it’s worth your time to read about it, or watch the movie, The 13th Day.  Next year, on Oct. 13, 2017, it will be exactly 100 years since the Miracle of the Sun occurred in Fatima.  It had been raining all day and the huge crowd of people (over 30,000 at the lowest estimate) were drenched, standing in the mud.  When the children arrived, they told everyone to put their umbrellas away.  The crowd complied and, shortly after, the sun came out from behind the clouds and appeared to start spinning in the sky!  It spun, “danced,” and then plunged toward the earth!

The stunned crowd looked on in silence.  A moment later, the sun returned to it’s normal position in the sky and stood still once again.  As the people looked about them, they realized that they were dry.  Completely dry!  And the ground, moments before saturated and muddy, was also dry.  In addition, the Miracle of the Sun, was reported up to 40 km away from Fatima, and covered in local newspapers.

The people who braved the rain, and the scorn of their friends and neighbors that day in 1917, didn’t know what they were going to see.  All they knew was that there would be a miracle; that God was going to show them something – and that something, gave them hope.

We don’t know what the next year is going to bring. It might be a scary time, and we might see some horrible things, things we never expected to live through  . . . or maybe not!  I believe though, that God is trying to tell us something.  Are we being watchful?  Are we paying attention?  More importantly, are we living each and every day in accordance with God’s will for our lives?

We have the total eclipse in August, 2017, the constellation of Virgo, crowned with 12 stars like the  Woman of Revelation, in September, and the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, in October.  Like I said at the beginning of this series – I think this is going to be a very interesting year!

Do not be afraid.  We are His people and He is our God!   He has a plan, He is with us now and always, and He is showing us His great love and tender mercy.  Be at peace.  Be still, pray, and have hope.

See you after the election!

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Be Still, Pray, and Have Hope (Part 1)

Be Still, Pray, and Have Hope (Part 1)

My heart aches these days.  Every time I go on social media I see posts from people I know – good, honest people with strong faith – in a near panic over the future.  “We HAVE to vote this way – it’s our only hope!”   “But  you don’t understand – we have to think about the Supreme Court!!”  “Our lives are at stake if she wins!”

 

It hurts me so to see people so upset and anxious.  This is not how God wants us to live.  He wants us to be at peace, to have joy, to trust in Him, not some candidate or political party.  He wants us to have HOPE.  As Christians, we need to carry in our heart the hope that comes with knowing God is always with us and always has a plan.  Even if things get dark and ugly – which they may – if we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can be assured that things will work out according to God’s Holy Will.

So now, you may be asking  yourself, “What makes her so sure?  I know we’re supposed to trust God, but shouldn’t we be doing something?”  Well, as a matter of fact, yes, we should be doing something – we should be praying, we should be living our faith, and we should be doing just what the Bible says – being watchful and always ready for what is to come.  Spend some time with Luke 21, and you’ll get the idea.  ;o)

Before I say anything more, I want to clarify.  I am no prophet.  I don’t claim to have any special knowledge or understanding, I haven’t seen or heard any heavenly messages, and I don’t claim to know what is going to happen.  That said, however, I have come to believe that the next year is going to be very interesting.

The last several months, I’ve heard about various things that will be occurring over the next year.  All I’ve done is connect the dots.   Throughout all of history, God has spoken to us through signs.  Why would He stop now?  It is reasonable to assume that He is still giving us messages today.  The question is, are we paying attention?

Over the next several blog posts, I will share with you what I have observed.  I promise you, there is good reason to hope.  We don’t have to be afraid and we don’t have to panic.  God has got this!  Even though things may get very difficult, He has a plan and we don’t ever have to worry.  Rest in Him and He will give you peace.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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