Monday, March 29, 2010

The First Red

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share this beautiful poem written by my friend Vee. It comforts me to think that wonderful Autumn is safely abiding over at her house while I enjoy Springtime here.

The First Red

What is this I happen to see?

the first leaf which appears to be

turning a colour, the deepest of red

as the night time cools, the heat has fled

This is the first of many to come

the days, they shrink away from the sun

A wave of red that lays on the ground

I just can’t wait for that crunchy sound

the morning it brings a familiar smell

of the cool rich earth of the dew that fell

the sun shines down where the droplets lay

as one season starts, the other goes away

…this is it,

the first of the red

Thanks to Vee for sharing. I hope you will visit her at Living Journey.

Photo: Australia - Red Fall (google re-use)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sweet Rewards

There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.
About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius!" And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?" So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God." Acts 10:1-4

What a wonderful sentence... "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God"

At this time Cornelius didn't know that the Messiah had come, he was going about his day as he always had. Doing good.

God saw his heart and his generosity and wanted to bless him with a wonderful surprise. He sent Peter to him who revealed Jesus to his entire household. As a consequence, they were all saved and baptized.

Can you imagine Cornelius' joy? These verses remind me that though we are not saved by works, they are sacrifices upon the alter that ascend to God.

Is my life a sweet aroma before the Lord? Is yours?

Photo 'no name' is a google re-use source