Getting the Whole Picture

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Jesus was the master communicator, the master teacher. If only we as writers could know his ways.

Many times in situations the scriptures tell us, “and Jesus knowing their thoughts…” Jesus could be gentle when the situation called for it, as in John 8:4-11 with the woman taken in adultery, or the blind men seeking mercy in Matthew 9:27, or the lepers in Luke 17:13-19 also seeking mercy.

Mercy. How many are the times when all of us crave mercy. There are times when we need a different kind of encouragement. We need someone to say, all right now, on your feet, and let’s get going.’

Drawing encouragement and healing from Godly writers is a blessing. During some of my morning readings, I came across this priceless prayer. I don’t personally know either the author of the piece I was reading (Lucinda Secrest McDowell), or the author of this prayer, but I thought I would pass it on to others who may need it:

“Long ago, Jill Briscoe shared this prayer with me and some other young speakers; I still use it today: “Give my words wings, Lord. May they alight gently on the branches of men’s minds, bending them to the winds of Your will. May they fly high enough to touch the lofty, low enough to breathe the breath of sweet encouragement upon the downcast soul.”

Mercy, Lord, mercy as we go through this life. Mercy, Lord, mercy as we go through days of strife. Mercy, Lord, mercy remain by our side. Mercy, Lord, mercy no matter what may betide. DLW~

Life is often harsh, yet Isaiah speaks of the coming Messiah in these terms:

Isaiah 42:

1)  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

2)  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

3)  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

4)  He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

5)  Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

6)  I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7)  To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.