Pop Pop Epistle #112 – About The Shema

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Dear Grandkids,

Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad.

I have just exhausted pretty much everything that I can say in Hebrew. “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one”

These are the first six words of the most famous part of the Shema which is Deuteronomy 6:4-9…

Shema“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Because of your Jewish heritage (you are each one fourth Jewish) there are some things you should know about the Shema, given it’s importance to the Jewish faith.

  • It is considered the Jewish pledge of allegiance and is recited twice daily by observant Jews.
  • The word shema is translated “hear” but it’s connotation is really listen AND obey in Hebrew.
  • While Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is the most famous part of the Shema, there are two other parts: Deuteronomy 11:13-21 and Numbers 15:37-41. Tradition states these three parts cover all aspects of the Ten Commandments.
  • The two Deuteronomy passages are the Scriptures that are rolled up inside a mezuzah. (Have you ever noticed the mezuzah that is on our front doorpost?)
  • The Shema prayer was so influential and important that Jesus used it as the beginning of His answer to the “greatest commandment” question in Mark 12:28–30.

One of the reasons that this Deuteronomy 6 passage is so influential is because it says SO MUCH in so few verses. Here are a few succinct takeaways:

  1. The Lord is our God (v.4) – You will have a lot of different things vie to be god of your life in the years to come. Refuse to give in no matter how alluring they may seem. They will all turn out to be fool’s gold.
  2. Love the Lord with all that is within you (v.5) – If the Lord is your first love then everything else will fall into place. It is when you start loving people or things more than God that life starts to get out of whack.
  3. Make God’s Word a frequent topic of conversation (v.6-7) – It will become easy to relegate talking about God’s Word to when you are at church or when you are having a Bible Study. But make it a point to bring God’s Word into every conversation that you have. It’s pretty easy to do if you are intentional about it.
  4. Make God’s Word a matter of memory and meditation (v.8-9) – Memorizing Scripture gets God’s Word into your head where it can battle all the other thoughts that will seek to control you. Meditating on Scripture (aka pondering) gets God’s Word into your heart where it can bring about genuine life change and conform you into the likeness of Christ.

So I like I mentioned in my last epistle, don’t let the Shema go in one ear and out the other. And like your Jewish ancestors it would not be a bad passage to adopt as your spiritual pledge of allegiance. Just sayin’.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle #111 – About those Weird Looking Things On the Side of Your Head

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Dear Grandkids,

Let’s just go ahead and agree on the fact that ears are really weird looking. I regularly have people complement me on my blue eyes but not one time in my life has anyone ever said to me, “you have beautiful ears.” And my guess is that this has never happened to you either. Ears just look funny.

But our ears are one of the most incredible, as well as incredibly complex, parts of our anatomy. In my humble but accurate opinion only God could create something so intricate. The human ear certainly did not just happen by accident.

A simplified explanation of how hearing works goes like this: Sound waves flow into the outer ear, floating along the ear canal until they reach the eardrum. The eardrum starts vibrating, a subtle action that alerts the three bones comprising the ossicles (the incus, malleus, and stapes) located in the middle ear. The middle ear works like an amplifier and makes these sounds louder before shooting them off to the cochlea in the inner ear. Fluids inside the cochlea start to ripple from the vibrations. Then, a wave forms along the basilar membrane (the border between the upper and lower parts of the cochlea). Hair cells along the basilar membrane dance and bend, brushing against surrounding structures and creating electrical signals. Those signals move to the brain, and we hear them as sounds that we can successfully identify.

And here are a few fun facts about the ear for your edification:

  • The incus, malleus, and stapes (also known as the hammer, anvil, and stirrup) are the smallest bones in the human body
  • The ear contains more than 20,000 hair cells.
  • Sound waves travel at 770 miles per hour, or at 1,130 feet per second.
  • Ears don’t just help you hear; they also help you keep your balance.
  • The middle ear is connected to the throat by the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube is responsible for striking the balance between the atmospheric pressure and body pressure.
  • Your ears can affect your sense of taste. This is because of the nerve, chorda tympani, which connects your taste buds to your brain by navigating through the middle ear.

Now why I am I telling you all this? Well I have a whole new appreciation for the ear. I used to take my hearing for granted but no more. Turns out that I have recently lost about 80% of the hearing in my right ear. Cause unknown. (I did have an MRI  of my brain to make sure there was not any kind of tumor involved.) So if you ever think that I am not listening to you it may very well be that I am just not hearing you. I have tried to help Nona understand this but it sort of comes out sounding more like an excuse than an explanation.

Jesus often used the phrase “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The people that did not want to hear anything that Jesus said probably replied “Thank you Captain Obvious.” But Jesus’ point was that everybody has ears but NOT everybody hears. My encouragement to you is to never take those two weird shaped things on the side of your head for granted. Listening well is one of the best ways that you can honor God and His Word and one of the best gifts that you can give to other people. And here is a verse to ponder and to definitely NOT let go in one ear and out the other…  

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).

This is probably the most fundamental verse in the Older Testament and the first verse that Jews learn as young children. It begins with the word hear – which in Hebrew is the word “shema.” I’ll tell you more about “The Shema” in my next epistle. In the meantime, take a good look at your ears, laugh a little and thank God for those miraculous anatomical body parts.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle # 110 – Happy Birthday Asher (and About Chocolate Chip Cookies)

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Dear Asher,

Happy birthday #3!

You are probably not familiar with the name Ruth Wakefield and my guess is that your parents are not either. Bear with me while I introduce her to you and then you will understand the connection to your birthday epistle.

She was born in June 1903 in Easton, Massachusetts and worked as a dietician and lectured on foods. I n 1930, she and her husband Kenneth bought a tourist lodge in Plymouth County –  located about halfway between Boston and New Bedford.  It was a place where passengers had historically paid a toll, changed horses, and ate home-cooked meals. When the Wakefields opened their business, they named the establishment the Toll House Inn. Ruth cooked and served all the food and soon gained local fame for her desserts… especially a new cookie recipe she created. She invented chocolate chip cookies around 1938 when she added chopped up bits from a Nestle’ semi-sweet chocolate bar into a cookie.

During WWII, US soldiers from Massachusetts who were stationed overseas shared the cookies that they received in care packages from back home with soldiers from other parts of the US. Soon, hundreds of soldiers were writing home asking their families to send them some “Toll House” cookies, and Wakefield was soon inundated with letters from around the world requesting her recipe. Thus began the nationwide craze for the chocolate chip cookie.

As the popularity of the cookies increased, the sales of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bars also spiked. Andrew Nestlé and Ruth Wakefield made a business arrangement: Wakefield gave Nestlé the right to use her cookie recipe and the Toll House name for one dollar and a lifetime supply of Nestlé chocolate. Nestlé then began marketing chocolate chips to be used especially for cookies and printing the recipe for the Toll House Cookie on its package.

Wakefield’s creation  went on to be the most popular cookie of all time. Chocolate chip  cookies currently have gross sales of over $18 billion in the United States… and Ruth Wakefield sold the rights to the cookie for $1.

I’m sure by now you can guess the connection to your birthday epistle. You and I have a mutual  love for chooooooclate chiiiiiiiiiips. But here is the lesson I want to pass on to you. Ruth Wakefield, in her own way, changed the world for the better. (At least in my humble but accurate opinion). She did it because of a passion that she had and a desire to serve others and to bring them  a degree of happiness – even if it was fleeting.

In the years to come it is going to be exciting to watch your passions emerge. One of my prayers is that the Lord will fuel you with godly passions that you will steward well as you seek to serve Jesus, serve others, and be used mightily to bring joy to a despairing world. May these first two verses from Psalm 84 reflect your passion to know God and be the wellspring from which all other passions flow…

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle #109 – About D-Day

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Dear Grandkids,

In August of 2015, Nona and I, along with some good friends, traveled to Normandy and visited some of the D-Day beaches as well as the American Cemetery and Memorial. I was not prepared for the emotions that stepping on to this hallowed ground would provoke. And I do not use the word “hallowed” lightly. The soldiers who are buried there are indeed to be greatly revered and honored. They died courageously. They died voluntarily. They died so that others could live without having to bow to the tyranny of evil.

D-Day took place 76 years ago today. It was the largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare. On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 brave young soldiers from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in a bold strategy to push the Nazis out of Western Europe and turn the tide of the war for good. Because of their perseverance and grit they were successful and their efforts essentially determined that the Allies would be victorious over Hitler and the Nazis. Had they failed the world would no doubt look much different today.

But their victory came at a great price. Over 4000 soldiers gave their life that day. I took this picture as we entered the cemetery grounds.

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It says: “To these we owe the high resolve that the cause for which they died shall live.”

Ponder deeply these words and never forget that men and women have made great sacrifices so that we could live in the greatest country in the world and enjoy great freedom. Relatives of yours have served and fought to this end. We live in a day where our way of life is under attack. Where our faith is under attack. I have no doubt that you will be tasked with fighting for what you believe in. Do so courageously! Do so with grit and perseverance! Do so with this in mind…

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Right now I have the awesome privilege of cheering you on in person to live lives that matter and that make much of Jesus. One day I will be a part of that great cloud of witnesses that the author of Hebrews talks about. When that day comes perk up your ears when life seems especially difficult as I will be the one who is cheering the loudest.

Never forget that you are very loved!

Pop Pop

Pop Pop Epistle #108 – The Year That I Was Born: 1958

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Dear Grandkids,

So I am about two weeks away from my 62nd birthday. And it got me thinking back to the year that I was born. I was born in the middle of the Baby Boomer generation. (Your parents are considered Millennials and all of you are called Generation Z – though I suspect that could change for some of you) The world was a much different place back in 1958. Here are some things that were true way back then…

I was born in Columbia SC at Providence Hospital.

Dwight Eisenhower  was president. So at present I have lived under the administration of 12 different presidents. His Vice-President was Richard Nixon who would later become president in 1968.

Elvis Presley, already a Rock and Roll star, was inducted into the US Army. Interesting fact: Earlier in the decade, before he really made it big time, he was passing through Lexington NC and got sick. My grandfather (your great-great grandfather), who was a physician, gave him a shot of penicillin in the buttocks.

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The Beatles were known as The Quarrymen. They wouldn’t be known as The Beatles until 1960.

NASA was established and Project Mercury, the first spaceflight program began.

Gunsmoke was the top rated TV show.  The Bridge Over the River Kwai was voted Best Movie of the Year.

The New York Yankees won the 1958 World Series. It was their 7th championship in 10 years. Their roster included MLB Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Enos Slaughter, and Whitey Ford. The Baltimore Colts won the NFL Championship. Arnold Palmer won the first of his four Master’s titles.

The United States was between wars. The Korean War had ended in 1953 and the Vietnam War for America  would not escalate for a few more years.

Famous people, besides your Pop Pop, who were also born in 1958 include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Ellen Degeneres, Mark Cuban, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Alec Baldwin. And your Nona.

62 years may sound old to you and it may seem like a long time. But when you are 62 you will understand just how fast 62 years can fly by.

Moses says this in Psalm 90 verses 12 & 14:

12 So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

These verses echo two things that I pray for you: 1) That you will make wise choices as you grow up and 2) that you will find joy and satisfaction as you embrace the Father’s magnanimous love.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle #107 – I Miss Baseball

Pop Pop Epistles (Main)Dear Grandkids,

I miss baseball.

Because of Covid-19 the 2020 Major League Baseball season never even got started. Nona and I were supposed to be in St Louis visiting my brother in early May and were going to a Mets vs. Cardinals game – but that never happened.  So I am missing baseball.

But I also miss playing baseball. I grew up playing Little League and High School ball. That evolved into playing softball for the next 25 years until the threat of pulled muscles caused me to retire. So it’s been about 17 years since I played competitively. And I still miss it.

So I’ve been reminiscing. I thought I would share a few of my baseball memories with you that I haven’t already shared.

As I mentioned I played Little League up until high school. I was a short stop. The thing I like about being short stop was that I felt like I was involved in every play. I wasn’t great but I was good enough to make a few All-Star teams. What I wasn’t was a pitcher. I remember being put in to pitch one game. I don’t remember why, but I do remember that we lost 30-0. My pitching career ended pretty quickly.

Screen Shot 2020-05-23 at 11.41.17 AMMy uncle and his family lived up in Detroit. He was a syndicated columnist for the Detroit Free Press and loved baseball – especially the Detroit Tigers. When we would visit, he would take me to baseball games at the old Tiger Stadium. In 1971, Detroit hosted the MLB All-Star Game and he invited me to come up from South Carolina and go to the game with him. It was one of the greatest All Star Games ever…. for at least 3 reasons. 1) It was the ONLY time the American League won the All Star Game between 1963 and 1982. 2) All of the scoring came via the home run and all six home runs hit in the game and all the runs scored were by future Hall of Fame players. These HOFers hit home runs: Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson, and Reggie Jackson. 3) Jackson’s home run is one of the most memorable ever – it was measured at 520 feet and was only kept from going out of the stadium by a light pole on the roof of the stadium.

I didn’t play baseball my first 2 years of high school – instead played tennis. But tried out for the baseball team my junior year. I was actually surprised when I was told at first cuts that I would be on the team. Again, I was not a great player, but my value to the team was that I was good and could play a lot of different position (just not pitcher). I was what you would call a utility player. I didn’t start until half way through the year. I had been the backup 2nd baseman. But during warmups one game I was in the outfield and running down every fly ball that came out there. The coach noticed and began starting me in left field after that.

My senior year I converted back to 2nd base and started the whole season. About 2/3 through the season, I was fielding grounders prior to the start of the game when a ball hit a rock, jumped up and crashed into my nose – and broke it. There was a lot of blood but we got it under control and I stayed in the game. Later that game, with two outs and a runner on, an opposing player lined a shot to right center. I timed my jump just right, elevated as high as I could, speared the ball and took an extra base hit away from the batter. It was one of the best catches I ever made.

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The memories I have of playing ball are still fresh. Hard to believe they are over 40 years ago. Here’s the thing about memories. They stay with you for a long time. The good ones and the bad ones. Some memories you are in control of making. Some you aren’t. Make sure that the ones you can control are the ones that you will want to remember 40 years from now. I’m hoping that some of your best memories will be shared memories that we have together over the next 20 years. But in the meantime…

I miss baseball!

Never forget that you are very loved!

Pop Pop

 

Pop Pop Epistle #106 – About the Iris Flower

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Dear Grandkids,

Did you know that the iris is Nona’s favorite kind of flower. Besides being a very pretty flower, it has sentimental significance to her – it was her mother’s favorite flower. So you would not be surprised to see a bunch of iris growing in our yard right now as it is peak season for irises.

Admittedly I am not much of a flower guy. But irises are indeed right perty. And I found out a few things about them that help me to appreciate them as well as to make an object lesson out of them.

For instance, I did not know that in Greek mythology Iris is the name of the Goddess of the Rainbow. And because the rainbow is a reminder of God’s covenant promise with His people (Genesis 9:15-17) every time that you see an iris in bloom be reminded that our God is a promise keeper…

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

The goddess Iris also escorted the deceased from earth to heaven, guiding them to their final destination. This association of irises and the afterlife became so entrenched in Greek culture that individuals would plant irises on the graves of loved ones. Now we know that this is myth, but irises can be a great reminder of the Lord’s promise that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

I also did not know that there are hundreds of varieties of iris. Lots and lots of different species and lots of different colors. Just to impress you with my word-smithing, they are what we might call sui generis. That is to say that they are unique. Speaking of the Red Screen Shot 2020-05-06 at 2.51.03 PMHawk Bearded Iris, one reference said…

 Large as well as prominently placed at the top of their erect and self-supporting stems, they are, conveniently, likely to be higher than the early-season growth of most perennials nearby.  Iris show up well from a distance, then, so you don’t need more than an occasional clump to bring splashes of sui generis floral excitement to mixed plantings.

The connection for you is this: you also have been created to be very unique. There is no one else like you and you have been especially created to “bring splashes of sui generis” splendor to the world around you as you display the Lord’s wondrous imagination.

So the next time you see an iris take a minute and and notice it’s beauty. Take a minute and experience it’s scent. Take a minute and give thanks to God for being a promise keeper. Take a minute and thank God for creating you just the way that you are to demonstrate His glorious purposes. And then give Nona a phone call and tell her that you love her and are thinking about her.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle # 105 – Happy Birthday Miller (It’s A Great Day To Be Alive)

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Screen Shot 2020-05-02 at 9.19.16 AMDear Miller,

Yes, I realize that today is NOT your birthday. Yes, I know that your birthday was last Monday. Yes, I just forgot to do a Pop Pop Epistle. My apologies. It does not mean that you are less loved it just means that your Pop Pop is getting forgetful in his older age. That being said… Happy Birthday!

For a 3 year old you are so full of LIFE and personality! I thought this would be a good chance to share ALL the words to a song that you are only familiar with the chorus of.

Your Mommy has no doubt told you that I used to sing this to her everyday on the way to school. And you have heard me sing it many times as it kind of represents the theme song of my life. I wrote it many years and still probably sing it every day as I am having my time alone with God. I hope it is a song that you are singing 75 years from now and are sharing with your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

(chorus)
It’s a great day to be alive
It’s a great day to wake up and sing
It’s a great day to be a child of the King
It’s a great day to be alive.

Life is an adventure
Each day a new surprise
A chance to watch God do His thing
Before our very eyes.
And those who say they love Him
Who call upon His name
Will find joy in the journey
And strength for each new day.
(chorus)

Today I’ll make a difference
Today I’ll take my stand
Today I’ll walk with Jesus
As He guides me by the hand.
I’ll set a good example
And I’ll live unselfishly
I’ll choose to live by faith
Because the Father has changed me.
(chorus)

And when this life is over
And eternal life begins
When death has claimed this body
And we’ve said goodbye to friends
There won’t be any reason
For us to be afraid
Cause when we see the Father
We can joyfully still say that…

It’s a great day to be alive
It’s a great day to wake up and sing
It’s a great day to be a child of the King
It’s a great day to be alive.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle # 104 – May the 1st

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Dear Grandkids,

The past two years I have done  May the 5th and May the 9th installments in this series. This year I want to share some May the 1st blessings that I am praying for you.

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 6.56.55 PMMay the 1st verse of Psalm 23 encourage your soul as you are reminded of the Lord’s care and provision for you and that He will supply all your needs.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.

May the 1st verse of Romans 5 reassure you as you ponder what it means to be justified by faith and find your confidence in the cross.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the 1st verse of Romans 12 motivate you towards daily surrender and to see your life as a sacrificial offering  to the Lord who as mercifully saved you.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

May the 1st verse of 2 Corinthians 5 fortify you when life is hard knowing that we are “not living for the dot but for the line” that stretches into eternity.

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

May the 1st verse of Ephesians 5 energize you to pattern the things you do and the things that you say after King Jesus as you remember just how much the Lord loves you.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

May the 1st verse of Hebrews 12 fuel you with determination and resolve as you consider all those who have gone before you and are even now cheering you on to stand firm in the faith and pursue Christlikeness with all diligence.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…

Never forget that you are very loved.

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Pop Pop Epistle #103 – Reflecting on Habakkuk

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Dear Grandkids,

We are still deeply buried in the midst of this coronavirus thing. And we have no idea at this point how long it will go on. Here are some reflections from Habakkuk 3 who was dealing with his own pandemic and wondering when would life ever be normal again…

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength;” (Habakkuk 3:17-19a)

In this short book tucked away toward the back of the Older Testament, Habakkuk asks the kinds of questions that we all ask from time to time:

Why, God,  do I cry for help and it seems like you don’t listen? (1:2)

Why do you tolerate wrongdoing and injustice in the world? (1:3)

Why do you do nothing when wicked people triumph over the righteous? (1:13)

Where are you when I’m jobless and and have no hope for a financial upturn? (3:17)

The one thing that you notice when you read this book is that though Habakkuk is complaining, he is complaining to God. This is a healthy kind of complaining. It is the complaining of a man who passionately loves God and is trying to make sense of who He is and what He is doing in the world around him. It is the kind of complaining that takes the time to listen to God after he puts all his gripes out on the table. It is the kind of complaining that isn’t trying to twist God’s arm into getting what he wants. Habakkuk loves God but there is much that he does not understand and much that he does not like. So he tells God. He is not ditching his faith; he is not turning his back on God; he is not complaining to whoever is willing to listen. He is talking with God. I say “with” rather than “to” because he takes the time to listen to what God has to say.

Pastor/author John Ortberg says in his book God Is Closer Than You Think, “When we are passionately honest with God, when we are not indulging in self-pity or martyrdom but are genuinely opening ourselves up to God, when we complain in hope that God can still be trusted – then we are asking God to create the kind of condition in our hearts that will make resting in His presence possible again. And God will come. But He may come in unexpected ways.”

After he has said his piece to God, Habakkuk finds peace with God. He is reminded that God is indeed in control. He is reminded that dire circumstances do not mean you cannot experience joy. He is reminded that each day he needs God’s strength to deal with life. He is reminded that even though life often seems unfair, that God is a fair and just Sovereign.

You will have plenty of opportunities to complain over the next 70 years of your life. Take your complaints to God even as you trust that He is indeed in control.

And may you find your joy and your strength in Him each and every day – no matter what you may have to complain about!

Never forget that you are very loved!

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