Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Psalm 71:17-18 – O God, from my youth thou hast taught me, and I still proclaim thy wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, till I proclaim thy might to all the generations to come. (RSV)

At 84, I think of childhood days, and some events come vividly to mind. There came a time when my parents bought a building lot from a farmer just on the other side of the river where we lived. The foundation for our new home was made of cement, and wood was cut, ready to be taken to a sawmill to put up the walls. My dad made a bridge out of lumber to get to the lot faster. Otherwise, the crossing was further away where a bridge was adequate for trucks, busses, and horses with heavy wagons.

Dad's bridge was made with posts on each shore and two in the narrow river, with a rope for a handrail. One day when the river was deep and swiftly flowing, I was going to cross over, but my dad saw me and sternly stopped me. The river was too dangerous to cross on that bridge. I was instructed to take the longer way to watch our home being built.

There were many other times when my dad said "No" to me: not to go swimming alone; not to go on thin ice; not to go too far from home. Not just my dad, but the whole village had eyes on all us kids as a form of neighbourhood watch. They were our trainers for the way we should go. The voices we heard were for our own good. One lesson at a time, we were taught to recognize right and wrong, to use good sense as a God-given treasure, and to become responsible and trusted citizens. I think of it all as the voice of God through our God-fearing teachers, caring parents, and community.

I appreciate these early instructions as a foundation based on God's Word, which shows the state of fallen human beings and the way of salvation. God's love for law and order in His Word is clear and calls for discipline and obedience to honour His instructions in the Book that guide us throughout our journey in this life with its challenges, trials, and toils. God's "No" is for our protection and safety, and when we let God rule our heart with His "Yes" and "No", we are trusting Him and the care He has for our good. In so doing, we find abundant comfort and joy in our living.

God's Word is rich in lessons, and when we follow them, we find life rich in godly pleasures and blessings. There is a saying that it is a beautiful day when God touches it. I would add that it is a beautiful life when God touches it!

1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)

Prayer: Our heavenly Father, thank You for Your voice that warns us about the dangers that the evil one spreads in our way. Thank You, Jesus, for overcoming the evil one and defeating death. Because of You, we are born of God's grace. Thank You for telling us "No!" for our safety. May all glory and honour be to You, O God, forever! Thankfully, in Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for your message. Blessings.

    A good word Kirsti, and I hope I’m still writing and witnessing of God’s love when I reach your age. God bless, and keep up the good work.

    Truly, Kirsti,
    We serve a Loving God.
    Many Blessings.

    Bless your heart Kristi – thank you for sharing those special memories. I wish more young people had the advantage of a good family and strong biblical foundation, but life sure has changed. At any rate, may the Lord continue to use your testimony of faith and inspire many through your gift of writing. To God be the glory!

    Thank you, Kirsti, for your devotional writing today. I am 77 and experienced the same type of community caring in growing up in Barrie.
    My husband died last year so I’m always going to the Lord for needed guidance. I’m impressed with what stages there are to go through. It’s not a quick passage.
    I will re-read your message and keep it for awhile.

    Thank you for this beautiful devotional. I was reminded of the voices that I would hear telling me about God and whatever lessons were needed at that time to keep myself and my siblings safe. My mother is about your age and as a child I loved listening to the story she would tell me about her childhood and the lessons she learned from her parents. Even today Mom will tell stories from the past to her great grandchildren, lessons for life in stories spreading the love of God to each generation.

    Good day to you
    This devotion was so enlightening and food for thought for not Only today but For a lifetime ahead.
    I enjoyed reading this and it helped me to appreciate life more and those who played a roll in my upbringing.
    Keep writing your inspiring devotion and may God bless you and your family.
    God bless,

    Hi Kirsti,
    Thanks for the nostalgic look back at your past. Those memories of the exciting moments of our lives are always so precious to recall. And with that we cannot help but thank our God and our faith in Him for all his care and love that has brought us to where we are today. I am two years from eighty and I too can look back with joy because God has always been the center of all our doings and necessities. Nor is it easy to understand how people can live without Him.

    Thank you for the message which, by God’s grace, you took time to put together. I am reminded of God’s well intended plans that we often don’t want to embrace and I am personally reminded to trust God and gladly accept his Yes, No or Wait. God bless you.

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