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Psalm 119:15-16 – I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you've done it. I relish everything you've told me of life, I won't forget a word of it. (MSG)
My Mom was the best letter writer I have known. I never really knew that until I moved away from home as a teenager. She would write weekly. Sometimes the letters were long. Sometimes they were short. She would go into great detail about the daily events on the farm, the news from the extended family, and the neighbourhood news. The way she had of describing things and situations was amazing. I would look forward to receiving a letter from her every week.
After my Mom passed away, my Dad took up the ritual of letter writing to me every week. His letters were different. He included all the news of family and friends but not much detail or description. His letters consisted of one page of paper written on both sides — right full so as not to waste paper, I am sure. He never enjoyed it like my Mom did, but bless his heart, he wrote every week as well, filling me in on all the news.
I have a few of the last letters that Mom wrote — also my Dad's last few letters. Sometimes I read them. A host of emotions run through me. I feel sad that they are both gone now, and I miss them and their love for me and their prayers for me. Sometimes I laugh because of something funny they have told me. Sometimes I weep. I am so glad that I have kept these letters. They are very precious to me. I will cherish them all of my life.
You know, God's Word is His letter to us. Do we read it? How often do we read it? Does it bring sadness? Laughter? Weeping? Do we cherish it like we should? Is it precious to us? Do we ponder it? Do we relish it? Let's consider these questions today.
Mark 13:31 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. (NASB)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we take so many things for granted — things like our parents' love for us, their life, Your love for us, Your Word that You gave us. Our parents pass on to glory. We miss them deeply. Thank You that Your Word will never pass away. Help us to relish it and ponder it and apply it to our lives. Speak to us today, we pray. Amen.