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A LOVE STORY:

One day, I woke early in the morning
to watch the sunrise.
Ah the beauty of God's creation
is beyond description.
As I watched, I praised God for
His beautiful work.
As I sat there, I felt the Lord's
presence with me.

He asked me, "Do you love me?"
I answered,"Of course, God!
You are my Lord and Saviour!"

Then He asked, "If you were
physically handicapped, would
you still love me?"

I was perplexed. I looked down
upon my arms, legs and the
rest of my body and wondered
how many things I wouldn't be
able to do, the things that I took
for granted.

And I answered, "It would be
tough Lord, but I would
still love You."

Then the Lord said, "If you were
blind, would you still love
my creation?"

How could I love something
without being able to see it?
Then I thought of all the blind
people in the world and how
many of them still loved God
and His creation.

So I answered, "It's hard to
think of it, but I would still
love you."

The Lord then asked me,
"If you were deaf, would you
still listen to my word?"

How could I listen to anything
being deaf?
Then I understood.
Listening to God's Word is not
merely using our ears,
but our hearts.

I answered, "It would be tough,
but I would still listen to
Your word."

The Lord then asked,
"If you were mute, would you
still praise My Name?"

How could I praise without
a voice?
Then it occurred to me:
God wants us to sing from our
very heart and soul.
It never matters what we
sound like.
And praising God is not always
with a song, but when we are
persecuted, we give God praise
with our words of thanks.

So I answered, "Though I could
not physically sing, I would still
praise Your Name."

And the Lord asked,
"Do you really love Me?"

With courage and a strong
conviction, I answered boldly,
"Yes Lord! I love You because
You are the one and true God!"

I thought I had answered well,
but God asked,
"Then why do you sin?"

I answered, "Because I am
only human. I am not perfect."

And God asked, "Then why in
times of peace do you stray
the furthest?
Why only in times of trouble
do you pray the earnest?"

No answers. Only tears.

The Lord continued: "Why only
sing at fellowships and retreats?
Why seek Me only in times
of worship?
Why ask things so selfishly?
Why ask things so unfaithfully?"
The tears continued to roll
down my cheeks.
"Why are you ashamed of Me?
Why are you not spreading
the good news?
Why in times of persecution,
you cry to others when I
offer My shoulder to cry on?
Why make excuses when I give
you opportunities to serve in
My Name?"

"You are blessed with life.
I made you not to throw
this gift away.
I have blessed you with talents
to serve Me, but you continue
to turn away.
I have revealed My Word to
you, but you do not gain
in knowledge.
I have spoken to you but your
ears were closed.
I have shown My blessings
to you, but your eyes were
turned away.
I have sent you servants, but
you sat idly by as they were
pushed away.
I have heard your prayers and
I have answered them all."
"Do you truly love Me?"

I could not answer.
How could I?
I was embarrassed beyond
belief. I had no excuse.
What could I say to this?
When my heart had cried out
and the tears had flowed, I said,
"Please forgive me Lord. I am
unworthy to be Your child."

The Lord answered,
"That is My Grace, My child."

I asked, "Then why do you
continue to forgive me?
Why do You love me so?"

The Lord answered,
" Because you are My creation.
You are my child. I will never
abandon you.
When you cry, I will have
compassion and cry with you.
When you shout with joy,
I will laugh with you.
When you are down, I will
encourage you.
When you fall, I will raise
you up. When you are tired,
I will carry you.
I will be with you till the end of
days, and I will love you forever."

Never had I cried so hard before.
How could I have been so
cold?
How could I have hurt God
as I had done?
I asked God,
"How much do You love me?"

The Lord stretched out His
arms, and I saw His
nail-pierced hands.
I bowed down at the feet of
Christ, my Saviour.
And for the first time,
I truly prayed.

Author Unknown



I Am There:

I Am There Do you need Me?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the
light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak
through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power
at work in your hands.
I am at work, Through you do not
understand My ways.
I am at work, Though you do not
recognize My works.
I am not strange visions. I am
not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond
self, can you know Me as I am,
and then as a feeling and a faith.
Yes I am there. Yet I hear.
Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and
when you do not pray.
I am in you and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel
separate from Me, for only in your
mind are the Mists of "yours"
and "mine".
Yet only with your mind can you
know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the
way. I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing,
But I can do all, And I am in all.
Though you may not see the good,
good is there, for I am there.
I am there because I have to be,
because I am.
Only in me does the world have
meaning, only out of Me does the
world take form, only because of
Me does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement
of the stars and the growth of living
cells are founded.
I am the Love that is the Law's fulfilling.
I am assurance.
I am peace.
I am oneness.
I am the Law that you can live by.
I am the love that you can cling to.
I am your assurance.
I am your Peace.
I am one with you.
I am.
Though you fail to find Me
I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure,
My faith in you never wavers, because
I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I am there.

by: James Dillet Freeman

( A copy of "I Am There" is on the
moon...carried there on the
Apollo XV voyage by Astronaut
James B. Irwin, and left on the
moon for future space voyagers.)


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