Woes and Hope — Pippi’s Poetry

Winter Woes The dark and dreary days of Winter Oft they leave me cold and blue Waking bereft of warmth and gladness  Longing for a different view. Where hath gone my joy and wonder? Where are all my skies of blue? Lord, have mercy  The way is murky My soul is weary My song’s out […]

Woes and Hope — Pippi’s Poetry

A Troubled Woman Meets Her Savior Jesus- John Chapter 4

John chapter 3 ends with proclaiming Jesus is the Son of God and has all authority. The first three chapters of John show us that Jesus is the creator, is God the Son, is eternal, and that he came for us.

In chapter 4 we see the first account by John of Jesus interacting with someone desperately in need of God- a Samaritan woman.

Samaria was an area that no self respecting Jew would walk through. Jews thought of Samaritans as being unclean half breeds and Samaria as being a place one would be defiled just walking through. Serious Jews would walk around Samaria to avoid it.

The closest we come to it in the USA would be the days of whites only and colored sections in restaurants. The division between Jews and Samaritans ran so deep.

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So what did Jesus do? He went into Samaria one day and sat down next to a well waiting for the person he knew was coming, a Samaritan woman with a dismal track record with men and relationships.

She came to the well and Jesus spoke to her:

“Will you give me a drink?” 

This simple request sent shock waves through the woman. She knew Jesus was a Jewish man and she knew her “place” in life. She knew Jews did not interact with Samaritans and she knew women were not valued. She replied:

“You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”

Jesus steered the conversation to the reason he was waiting for her- to offer her forgiveness and relationship with God. He used the physical water to begin to speak of spiritual matters:

“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Living water, the Holy Spirit living within us because of knowing Jesus is what he is beginning to offer her, but she did not understand yet was trying to grasp it:

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?

Jesus shared with her that he was speaking of spiritual water and eternal life:

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

She asked Jesus for the water he was speaking of but first Jesus let her know that he knew about her life saying:

“Go, call your husband and come back.”

After she replied that she did not have a husband, Jesus let her know:

“You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

Jesus knew this fallen woman had a series of broken relationships with men. We do not know if some died or if they left her. We do not know if she left them. We only know she had a string of husbands and was then living with a man not married. And yet Jesus spoke with her offering her eternal life.

She tried to change to subject by talking about where to worship. Jesus corrected her thinking about worship by saying:

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The woman began to understand something about Jesus saying:

“I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

She wondered if he was the long awaited promised one from God- The Messiah.

Jesus confirmed it for her:

“I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

The woman became the first Samaritan to share with others about Jesus when she ran back to the village saying:

“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 

No matter how far we have fallen in life, no matter what others think of us, Jesus loves us and will come to us just as he did the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus will give us relationship with him and eternal life if we will believe in him. We cannot earn it just as the Samaritan woman could not.

Not only that, Jesus will do his work through us just as he did with the Samaritan woman.

Music Mondays-I Need Thee/Great Is Thy Faithfulness Featuring Terrian

I love love love this video of Terrian and friends singing such rich hymns-worship songs.

How I need Jesus always and especially during these times of turmoil. Each morning I pray before I go teach knowing that I do so in the midst of a pandemic. I ask Jesus to help me be a blessing to the teachers, staff and students at the school.

God has indeed shown me how great is his faithfulness during the pandemic providing for me through his people.

Truly I need Jesus every hour as the song I need thee proclaims.

I hope this song blesses you and much or more than it has me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A New Year Begins- Step by Step

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Those were the words of Bilbo to Frodo about adventures in the Lord of the Rings my all time favorite movie.

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When I think back not only on 2020, but also many moments in my life since I rededicated my life to Jesus in July 1989, I am glad I went through those moments step by step with no foreknowledge of what was to come.

Last year, funny because it was just one day ago, was an excellent example. I had no idea of what was about to transpire. I am glad I did not know all about the pandemic, shutdowns and the changes they would bring.

This year I also have no idea of what will transpire. I have plans for next week such as my morning class starting again, but that is not guaranteed. We never know what will happen.

But I do know one thing that will never change, which is that Jesus will be with me step by step and he already knows what will happen.

There were many blessings last year. It was not only difficulties. Last year at this time I did not know I would meet my friends in blogger chat. I did not know I would meet my new Brazilian friends who live in Winnipeg Canada. Those are just a few examples.

I would also like to thank my blogging friends for joining me on the journey of 2020 in the blogging world. Thank you for your posts to read. Thank you for reading my posts. Thank you especially to those who interacted with me via comments.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

P.S. sharing a song from 30 years ago Steps of Faith by Margaret Becker

Going from 2020 to 2021

Count me among the cynical when it comes to the holiday of New Years. In previous New Year’s Eve celebrations that I have attended, when the clock hit midnight and everyone else would go crazy, I would have one thought. This changes nothing. The problems and bills I had on December 30 will still be there January 1.

But this time seems different to me. So permit me to share a few reflections.

1st- 2020 set the bar VERY low what with the pandemic, lockdowns, social and political strife, remote learning and all.

So with the bar set so low, any improvement on those issues will make 2021 a spectacular year by comparison. 2021 does not need to do much to improve upon 2020.

HOWEVER

2nd- In the midst of all of the turmoil of 2020, God came through for me in so many different ways. He provided for me through my brothers and sisters in Jesus whether it was money, food, etc.

Personally for me 2020 was no match for Jesus in my life. I guess I could say that Jesus set the bar high as far as what I can look to him for.

Here’s the thing

No bar is too high for Jesus to go over and exceed what we hope for. 🙂

A song that meant a lot to me earlier in the year was rescue by Lauren Daigle. While I was listening to the song back in March one day, I prayed to Jesus and said- “I need you to rescue me again.” And boy did he ever!!! It makes me think of Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

I am sharing the song again today and also a post by a brother in Jesus who shared his experience with getting vaccinated for COVID. He is Pastor Chuck I met through blogger chat.

Pastor Chuck’s vaccination

Music Mondays-Agnus Dei/King of Kings ft Brooke Ligertwood, Jenn Johnson and Chidima Ubah

As we come to the end of a year of trudging through life during a pandemic with all of the hardships it entailed, this week I have one main goal in mind-REFOCUS with Jesus.

Yes, a new year is coming soon, but as 2020 showed us, nothing in this life is certain.

But Jesus is the King of Kings. I love the lyrics-“in the darkness we were waiting without hope, without light, Til from heaven you came running, There was mercy in your eyes.”

This week while I have downtime my desire is to focus on Jesus. He is eternal. He has mercy in his eyes. He is hope and light.

I love this recent collaboration on Agnus Dei/King of Kings. I hope it blesses you.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- The Trumpet Shall Sound Performed by Phil Driscoll

I love Handel’s Messiah. I absolutely LOVE it as it weaves together Old Testament prophecies about Jesus with the birth of Jesus. The trumpet shall sound is a powerful reminder of what the ultimate culmination is for us.

One day the trumpet will sound in heaven and Christ will return for us. The dead will be raised and then those who are still alive will be changed to glorified bodies. God’s redeeming work for us will be completed when we our bodies are resurrecedt into glorified bodies just as Jesus was.

The whole reason Jesus was born as a baby was not so we could have warm fuzzy moments at Christmas time, though they are nice. The reason Jesus was born as a human baby was to become our Savior. Through him we can have forgiveness of our sins. Through him our lives can be transformed. Through him we can have eternal life and through him not only will our souls/spirits enter into heaven when we die, one day in the Father’s timing our physical bodies will be resurrected and changed into incorruptible bodies.

This is the great hope Jesus offers to anyone who will receive Jesus. This is the solid hope we can have in the midst of this crazy life. One day the trumpet will sound. Nothing can stop it.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

My Last Injection….. for now

I just got back from the Orthopedic Surgeon’s office where I had the last of three injections in my knee. The injections were of something that sounded like hydraulic fluid, so I think the injections gave me a lift 🙂

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Since March 2017, I have seen eight different specialists, had most of my body x-rayed, umpteen blood tests, and other stuff I won’t go into. So this series of injections was easy to experience. It would be cool if they could give me bionic legs 🙂

Specialists, tests, x-rays etc. are all part of the life of a Spoonie, a person with chronic illness.

I can’t imagine going through all of this stuff without Jesus. I can’t imagine living through this pandemic without Jesus.

When I think about people who are facing this pandemic or any hardship and only have their government and science to look to, it causes me to realize this is a very scary time.

While I appreciate what the government, science, and doctors are doing, my hope is not in them. My hope is in Jesus.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.