I will sing praises to You, my God, while I have my being.
I will not put my trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
I am blessed for my help is the God of Jacob,
my hope is in the Lord, my God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
You keep faith forever;
You execute justice for the oppressed,
You give food to the hungry.
Lord, You set the prisoners free;
You open the eyes of the blind.
My Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
and You love the righteous.
You watch over the sojourners;
You upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked You bring to ruin.
Lord, You will reign forever,
and be our God, O Zion, to all generations.
I praise the Lord!
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12: 1-2
May I present myself to You, my God, to You alone. You teach me why and how I am to present myself to You and that is my desire, LORD. Amen.
The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.Psalm 145:14
The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. NLT
The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down.NKJV
to sustain, refresh, revive
to raise up, to comfort the afflicted
God takes care of His own.
He upholds all that fall…we may fall, but we are not cast down, made downhearted, demoralized. Illness, distress, falling into sin, into despair, can take us down, but God sustains us, keeps us near to His bosom. His grace covers us, holds us up, may prevent the fall, recovers the fall quickly. It is by His love that we are held and He holds our spirits up as well.
When affliction and oppression burden us, taking us down, God raises us, comforts us, brings us back into His arms.
Praise Him. He is the Mighty One Who saves.
to deliver, to save, be saved, to be liberated, be victorious, to save from moral troubles
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah3:16
Thank You, Father, for always being right here, for being ready to pick me up and hold me near. Thank You for loving me unconditionally just as I am. I am always mindful, LORD, that You have reached out to this child, caring about me, for me. You rejoice over me with Your love…rejoice.over.me! You. The Father of all. The Creator. The Mighty One. Oh, I am humbled because You love me. You even sing over me. I am just amazed, Father. So amazed. I just am as I smile widely. In the beautiful Name of Jesus. Amen.
completed medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1941
became a Navy doctor
died too young
So many times I have written of my mother on Mother’s Day, or about things that she and I were doing or going through together, or going to Hooks baseball games. Mama was a huge part of my life for all of my then 65 years until she died January, 2013. Now that she is gone from this earthly home, it suddenly occurred to me that I have not written a Father’s Day post since I began this blog in 2009. Just never thought about it. I honor my dad on Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day, but not on Father’s Day. So it is about time!
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear Him.Psalm 103:13
Daddy was born in 1913 in Kansas to Scotch, Irish, and English parents. My grandparents were not the immigrants but they were part of the generation that moved westward from Pennsylvania. Farmers, Presbyterians, even a circuit rider minister, were part of the heritage which fell upon my father.
My grandfather, a man I never met, became a physician and surgeon, later serving as Director of the Kansas State Board of Health. My father stepped into his father’s shoes to become a doctor as well. He was almost finished with medical school when WWII broke out for the United States. He joined the Navy between 12/7/1941 (Pearl Harbor) and 12/19/1941 (graduation) to become a Navy doctor.
While he was attending Northwestern University Medical School he met my mother. They fell head over heels in love and married on his graduation day.
They moved to California to spend a year at the San Diego Naval Hospital-Balboa Park. Daddy needed to serve as an intern before they sent him to the Pacific Theater during World War II to be a surgeon, physician, and infectious disease control officer. He treated the many wounded soldiers as the Allied Forces leapfrogged or islandhopped towards Japan. Thankfully, he made it home. And he was home at last to be with his one year bride before war called him away for almost two. Within three years of his return, I was born, their firstborn.
To complete his medical training as a resident, my parents were stationed back at San Diego. During the three years there, two of their three girls were born. They both loved us dearly.
Even before his residency was completed, the Navy called him to be part of the post-war Manhattan Project. He was trained at the same places (Tennessee, New Mexico, Nevada, Berkeley, etc.) that the original Manhattan Project people were trained and did all the research for the Atomic bomb. He was called to be a Radiological Safety Officer for the 1946 Bikini/Operation Crossroads tests. He went aboard the ships that had had the bombs exploded over and then test for radiation. The masks were hot and the Geiger Counters did not work so well. He returned to Eniwetok Island for Operations Greenhouse in 1951. He later became Chief of Medicine of a Navy hospital in California. His rank increased to a Captain. He loved the Navy.
As most, if not all, mothers experience, when the father arrives home from work, no matter how worn out he may be, Mommy handed this newborn to Daddy while she prepared dinner, and gave herself sort of a break.
I love this picture!!!! Look above his head! His file folder is on the back of the couch. He barely had time to toss it before I was tossed into his arms, a bottle for any free hand that he might have!! He did have time to take off his tie and unbutton the top button, I see!
Remembering my father is sweet for me. I lost him when I was twelve to a cancer that is often connected to radiation in 1960. I was close to Daddy. He helped me with my homework at the dining room table all my school days. I especially recall his help with junior high math and sentence diagramming. He wanted me to try playing a musical instrument and convinced me to start with the clarinet. He played with us, taught us to work with wood in his workshop making a balsa wood tugboat to float in the bathtub. He was fun and silly. He was a dad. He took zillions of pictures of his family. He was caring and loving to us each and all.
Daddy, whenever you went away on those 4-6 weeks tours with the Secretary of the Navy and the Surgeon General during your last duty station in Washington, D.C., you would say to me, “Take care of your mother and sisters for me while I am away, okay?” I took that responsibility seriously. Then one day, you did not return. I was not sure just what to do. I was one month away from turning thirteen. I was a girl. I wanted you back. I loved you so. I miss you, Daddy.
I can remember your arms around me, Daddy. I can still feel your love flowing into my heart, see your smile, and sense your kisses. You were the best Daddy in the world for me. I am so glad you were the Daddy for me. I still miss you though.
Thank You, Abba Father, for blessing me with this man for my father. I learned love, patience, kindness, and gentleness, silliness, and more love from him. You truly gave me a gift. I wish it had lasted longer, LORD. One day, I may understand why You took him so early in his life and in mine too. Until then, though, I will remember what I can about him, and know that You will help me to remember my Daddy. In Christ’s Name, I pray. Amen.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”Exodus 20:12
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,…. ESV
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.KJV
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. NIV
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.NLT
instability, a state of disorder, disturbance, confusion
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:16-18
God’s wisdom is not of this earth, this world. The character of God’s wisdom is pure, gentle, peaceable, merciful, sincere, reasonable, righteous. Let us stand still before our God of Wisdom and know that confusion is not of Him. Let us stand firm in His Presence and know the peaceable fruit of righteousness. Let us allow God to rain down all His goodness upon us, that we may walk in this world in His Spirit, sharing Christ to all in our paths.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.Galatians 5:25
For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.2 Corinthians 1:12
Father God, I pray that I may stand in the midst of this world and speak, act, attend to those in my life, with godly wisdom that is filled with Your peace, Your gentleness, Your holiness, Your sincerity, Your reason, Your love. Father, I know that this is impossible in my own strength, absolutely impossible. But, Father, You can use me and fill me with Your wisdom as You did Solomon. He asked for wisdom and You provided. I ask for wisdom, LORD. If it is from You, it will be in peace, not of confusion. Thank You, Father, for You have blessed me this day. In the Power of Your Son’s Name, I pray. Amen.
“Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.” -Psalm 21:3
For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.ESV
You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.NIV
The biblical word for “prevent” signifies a meaning other than to prevent. It means “to anticipate, to precede, to foresee and fulfill in advance, to pay a debt before it is due.” Where we find this word in God’s Word, the emotion that erupts is pleasure and delight.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.Psalm 119:147-148
Bring water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Meet the fugitive with bread. Isaiah 21:14
My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.Psalm 59:10
God goes before us and meets us at the very need we ask, are about to ask, haven’t even thought to ask. He knows our every need in the very moment of need.
Turn the coin over and we find that we can anticipate meeting God too:
Let us comebefore His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.Psalm 95:2
But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help, And in the morning my prayer comesbefore You. Psalm 88:13
The Greek has a word meaning to meet one:
But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out tomeet him.’(Matthew 25:6)
Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
Father, I am blessed to know that You go before me and meet me at my need. You are ready to give me the gifts that You have for me, care for me, answer prayers that I have yet to pray. More than anything, You gave Your Son for me before I even could utter the words that ‘I am a sinner and need Him to be my Savior and LORD.’ You love me so. You would do so very much for me. I know that You want me to grow in the Light of Your Holiness so not everything is easy. Yet, You are always there and right here besides me. I am grateful and blessed, precious Father. I look forward to the greatest meeting when I will meet You in the air, LORD Jesus. I pray in Your Holy Name. Amen.
Though the LORD is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.Psalm 138:6 NKJV
Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.KJV
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.ESV
Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.NLT
Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. NIV
For high is Jehovah, and the lowly He seeth, And the haughty from afar He knoweth.YLT
God is LORD of lords, King of kings. He is the Holy One of Israel, the Creator. He is my Father, my Joy, my life, my Hope, and my Refuge. He is my Shelter, my Strength. He is Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent. Look at these Names of God:
Adonai-Jehovah — The Lord our Sovereign El-Elyon — The Lord Most High El-Olam — The Everlasting God El-Shaddai — The God Who is Sufficient for the Needs of His People Jehovah-Elohim — The Eternal Creator Jehovah-Jireh — The Lord our Provider Jehovah-Nissi — The Lord our Banner Jehovah-Ropheka — The Lord our Healer Jehovah-Shalom — The Lord our Peace Jehovah-Tsidkenu — The Lord our Righteousness Jehovah-Mekaddishkem — The Lord our Sanctifier Jehovah-Sabaoth — The Lord of Hosts Jehovah-Shammah — The Lord is Present Jehovah-Rohi — The Lord our Shepherd Jehovah-Hoseenu — The Lord our Maker Jehovah-Eloheenu — The Lord our God
These are not JUST names. They are Who He is. And God, God with names that make me as a human think that He would never even see me, this God does look upon me, that flower growing to bloom in a crack of dirt beside a wall, that little one sipping water from a dirty river, that elderly man barely able to walk, that bright young woman who has lost her whole family, that child who will never be born. God sees and knows. He is right here for us. He does not forget His children. He does not walk away from us. He does not want us to walk away from Him. He wants us to turn to Him.
That pink flower turns its little drooping head towards the sun and God rains down upon that little flower. The water and the sunshine will keep it growing to become the flower which He created. We are like that flower. No matter what our lives are like, no matter what we are going through, God waters us and shines His everlasting Light upon us. We may be needy, but He loves us and wants us to grow into the likeness of His Son. He regards us, He is kind towards us. He cares for us and respects us. He sees us. O, Hallelujah!
May I never think that I am not good enough for You, Father, for You made me and love me and gave Your Son for me. I am Yours and want to always stand tall before You, Father. You are so very much, so HUGE in my mind’s eye, in my heart. Yet You kneel down and pick me up as a father would pick up his little child, hug her to his chest, and tell her he loves her, that she is beautiful, that she is his sunshine, his special flower. O, Abba Father, You are my All, my Everything. You make me smile. I love You back. Amen.
Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack Hand motion: Arms across chest Pat thighs Clap hands
All dressed in black, black, black Clap right palms with partner
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons [butt’ns] Clap left palms with partner
All down her back, back, back. Clap both palms with partner
She asked her mother, mother, mother
for fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants (or hippos)
Jump the fence, fence, fence.
They jumped so high, high, high
they reached the sky, sky, sky
And didn’t come back, back, back
Till the 4th of July, ly, ly!
I grew up with hand-clapping games as a young girl. They were fun and delightful, brought camaraderie, and even taught gross motor skills and keeping a steady beat. I had thought them to be on their way out, if not already out, but they are not. REALLY! In certain areas…in inner cities (where I had taught and saw them being used daily along with the fun rhymes for jumping rope), in the country where playing outdoors is part of living in the country, and the kids I am tutoring today use them so they are not endangered nor extinct. These rhyming games are still used and causing kids to have fun…even some adults join in!
When I was a kid, I loved them for we had to be two or more in order to play. We learned rhymes. We had to know or be willing to learn the clapping part. It took cooperation. And the better we got at doing these, the faster the game became. When they were too fast, the game fell apart, we fell on the ground or floor and rolled around laughing like crazy. Just kids having a lot of fun!
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.
Together… we learn to cooperate, to dance, to share, to give, and to love. Together. God shows us the beauty of His natural world and the blessings that flow from their abundance. He has given us the abundance of His love, His kindness, His shelter, His gentleness, His patience. And, most of all, He has given us His Son for Whom we rejoice as a body, His church, His children.
LORD, may we remember these gifts and Your many blessings, even in the midst of hard things, tough lessons, sad moments. May we rejoice in the Name of Jesus and know that You saved us from ourselves. May we never forget that You formed us and wove us, that You gave us the gift to be joyful and be as children.And may we remember the love that Jesus had for the little children, for the lessons He taught using a child… And He took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in My Name receives Me, and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” Mark 9:36-37 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to M; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And He took them in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands on them. Mark 10:14-16 May I be as a child, Precious LORD. I pray in the Name of Your Son, Amen.