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  • MONDAY 18 MAY

    MONDAY 18 MAY

    Morning All.

    McDonalds.

    I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called "Smile." The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway, so, I thought this would be a piece of cake. Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did. I did not move an inch. An overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around, I smelled a horrible "dirty body" smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men. As I looked down at the short gentleman close to me, he was "smiling". His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, "Good day" as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them. The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, "Coffee is all Miss" because that was all they could afford. If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm. Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Thank you." I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, "I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope." I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, "That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope." We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give. That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love. I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in "my project" and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, "Can I share this?" I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed. In my own way, I had touched the people at McDonald's, my husband, son, instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn: UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS - NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE. To handle yourself, use your head To handle others, use your heart. God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

    Rev Kay

    God loves you, No Matter What

    PRAYER: Lord God, thank You for Your unconditional acceptance, love and compassion.

    Amen

    CHORUS:

    I知 accepted, I知 forgiven

    I am fathered by the true and living God.

    I知 accepted, no condemnation,

    I am loved by the true and living God.

    There痴 no guilt or fear as I draw near

    to the Saviour and Creator of the world.

    There is joy and peace

    as I release my worship to you, O Lord.

  • MONDAY 17 MAY

    MONDAY 17 MAY

    Morning All.

    Our Father Who Art In Heaven.

    - YES?

    - Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.

    - BUT -- YOU CALLED ME.

    - Called you? No, I didn't call you. I'm praying. Our Father who art in heaven.

    - THERE -- YOU DID IT AGAIN.

    - Did what?

    - CALLED ME. YOU SAID, "OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN." WELL, HERE I AM. WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?

    - But, I didn't mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord's Prayer. It makes me feel good, kind of like fulfilling a duty.

    - WELL, ALL RIGHT. GO ON.

    - Okay, Hallowed be Thy name...

    - HOLD IT RIGHT THERE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

    - By what?

    - BY "HALLOWED BE THY NAME"?

    - It means, it means ... good grief, I don't know what it means. How in the world should I know? It's just a part of the prayer. By the way, what does it mean?

    - IT MEANS HONORED, HOLY, WONDERFUL.

    - Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what 'hallowed' meant before. Thanks. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

    - DO YOU REALLY MEAN THAT?

    - Sure, why not?

    - WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?

    - Doing? Why, nothing, I guess. I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control of everything down here like you have up there. We're kinda in a mess down here, you know?

    - YES, I KNOW, BUT HAVE I GOT CONTROL OF YOU?

    - Well, I go to church.

    - THAT ISN'T WHAT I ASKED YOU. WHAT ABOUT YOUR BAD TEMPER? YOU'VE REALLY GOT A PROBLEM THERE, YOU KNOW? THEN, THERE'S THE WAY YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY -- ALL ON YOURSELF. WHAT ABOUT THE KIND OF BOOKS YOU READ?

    - Now, hold on just a minute! Stop picking on me! I'm just as good as some of the rest of those people at church!

    - EXCUSE ME. I THOUGHT YOU WERE PRAYING FOR MY WILL TO BE DONE. IF THAT IS TO HAPPEN, IT WILL HAVE TO START WITH THE ONES WHO ARE PRAYING FOR IT. YOU, FOR EXAMPLE.

    - Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.

    - SO COULD I.

    - I haven't thought about it very much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things. I would like to, you know, be really free.

    - GOOD. NOW WE'RE GETTING SOMEWHERE. WE'LL WORK TOGETHER -- YOU AND ME. I'M PROUD OF YOU.

    - Look, Lord, if you don't mind, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does. Give us this day, our daily bread.

    - YOU NEED TO CUT OUT THE BREAD. YOU'RE OVERWEIGHT AS IT IS.

    - Hey, wait a minute! What is this? Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of the sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.

    - PRAYING IS A DANGEROUS THING. YOU JUST MIGHT GET WHAT YOU ASK FOR. REMEMBER, YOU CALLED ME. HERE I AM. IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW. KEEP PRAYING.

    - ...

    - WELL, GO ON.

    - I'm scared to.

    - SCARED? OF WHAT?

    - I know what you'll say.

    - TRY ME.

    - Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

    - WHAT ABOUT ALICE?

    - See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Lord, she's told lies about me, spread stories. She never paid back the money she owes me. I've sworn to get even with her!

    - BUT -- YOUR PRAYER -- WHAT ABOUT YOUR PRAYER?

    - I didn't -- mean it.

    - WELL, AT LEAST YOU'RE HONEST, BUT IT'S QUITE A LOAD CARRYING AROUND ALL THAT BITTERNESS AND RESENTMENT, ISN'T IT?

    - Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even with her. Boy, have I got some plans for her. She'll wish she had never been born.

    - NO, YOU WON'T FEEL ANY BETTER. YOU'LL FEEL WORSE. REVENGE ISN'T SWEET. YOU KNOW HOW UNHAPPY YOU ARE? WELL, I CAN CHANGE THAT.

    - You can? How?

    - FORGIVE ALICE. THEN, I'LL FORGIVE YOU, AND THE HATE AND SIN WILL BE ALICE'S PROBLEM -- NOT YOURS. YOU WILL HAVE SETTLED THE PROBLEM AS FAR AS YOU ARE CONCERNED.

    - Oh, you know, you're right. You always are. More than I want revenge, I want to be right with You... *sigh* All right...all right...I forgive her.

    - THERE NOW! WONDERFUL! HOW DO YOU FEEL?

    - Hmmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all! In fact, I feel pretty great! You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight tonight. I haven't been getting much rest, you know.

    - YEAH, I KNOW, BUT YOU'RE NOT THROUGH WITH YOUR PRAYER, ARE YOU? GO ON.

    - Oh, all right. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

    - GOOD! GOOD! I'LL DO THAT. JUST DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN BE TEMPTED.

    - What do you mean by that?

    - YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

    - Yeah. I know.

    - OKAY. GO AHEAD. FINISH YOUR PRAYER.

    - For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

    - DO YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BRING ME GLORY? WHAT WOULD REALLY MAKE ME HAPPY?

    - No, but I'd like to know. I want to please you now. I've really made a mess of things. I want to truly follow you. I can see now how great that would be. So, tell me, how do I make you happy?

    - YOU JUST DID.

    Rev Kay

    God loves you, No Matter What

    PRAYER: Lord God, thank You that You always answer our prayers, even the challenging answers. 

    Amen

    CHORUS:

    Whisper a prayer in the morning,

    Whisper a prayer at noon.

    Whisper a prayer in the evening,

    He値l keep your heart in tune.

    God answers prayer in the morning,

    God answers prayer at noon.

    God answers prayer in the evening.

    He値l keep your heart in tune. 

  • SUNDAY 16 MAY

    SUNDAY 16 MAY

    Morning All. 

    It was a cold winter's day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church. As I got closer, I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church. He was almost lying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you couldn't see his face. He wore shoes that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet. With holes all over them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was homeless and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the Church. We all enjoy fellowship for a few minutes, and then someone brought up the man who was lying outside. People snickered and gossiped, but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me. A few moments later, church began. We all waited for the preacher to take his place and give us The Word when the doors to the church opened. In came the homeless man, walking down the aisle with his head down. People gasped and whispered and made faces. He made his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit. When he took off his hat and coat, my heart sank. There stood our preacher. He was the "homeless man". No one said a word. The room was silent and still. The preacher took his Bible and laid it on the stand. "Folks, I don't think I have to tell you what I'm preaching about today. Jesus said, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" He proceeded to preach a sermon about treating others with dignity and kindness even if they seem to be the "least".

    Rev Kay

    God loves you, No Matter What

    PRAYER: Lord, help me to learn from that story, to really believe You love each of Your children equally no matter the path they take on their journey of life - even if I feel it痴 unfair.

    Amen

    CHORUS:

    I am so glad that our Father in Heav'n

    Tells of His love in the Book He has giv'n;

    Wonderful things in the Bible I see,

    This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

    I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

    Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me;

    I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

    Jesus loves even me.

    If I forget Him and wander away,

    Still He doth love me wherever I stray;

    Back to His dear loving arms would I flee,

    When I remember that Jesus loves me.

    I am so glad.....

    Oh, if there's only one song I can sing,

    When in His beauty I see the great King,

    This shall my song through eternity be,

    "Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!"

    I am so glad....

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