Someone To Walk Us Home

Last year, (seems funny to say that!) I mentioned an organization, National WWII Museum, that sends handmade knitted, or crocheted scarves to American Veterans, which Sissy and I both donate scarves to. This year, 😉 I’d like to mention another organization that sends handmade knitted, or crocheted sweaters – these are SUPER simple – baby blankets, and newborn caps to children all over the world, through World Vision. If you knit, or crochet, please consider creating an item or two, for a child who would greatly benefit from your labor of love. Thanks!

In sixth grade, I had a friend who walked me home from elementary school. Billy and I were in the same class, and when school dismissed, he inevitably found his way headed out the door at the same time I did. Since we both lived in the same direction from school, I never thought much about it. I did think it a little strange when he’d ask to carry my books, though. Why ever would he want to do that?When we reached my house, Billy walked me to my door, and said he’d see me the next morning. He pretty much always was on the sidewalk, waiting, when I came outside the next day.Now, to my preteen brain, it never dawned on me Billy walked me home, and carried my books because he cared for me.


That is, until one day Billy wasn’t waiting for me when I walked to school. He wasn’t in class, and he obviously wasn’t going to walk me home.

But, Billy sent a substitute. A representative. A stand-in. His little brother, Charlie.When I walked out of my classroom, there stood Charlie. He told me Billy was sick. Billy had told Charlie to walk me home for him. I tried to assure Charlie I could manage by myself, but he said he’d get in trouble with Billy if he didn’t walk me home. When Charlie asked to carry my books, I reluctantly handed him one.

So, what in the world has this got to do with anything, you might ask. Well, let me tell you.Jesus walked on this earth with his disciples for three years. Back and forth. Back and forth. Jesus talked with them each day. Still, I’m not so sure the disciples fully grasped how deep, how wide, and how high Jesus’ love was for them.

Then, one day Jesus was gone. The disciples were on their own. But Jesus didn’t leave it that way. Nope. Jesus wasn’t about to leave his friends alone like orphans. Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to walk with those he cared about. To help carry their load.When the world crashes down upon us, and we feel all alone, we need to remember, God is with us. We aren’t walking home alone. Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to walk beside us, and help carry our load.

Feeling overwhelmed? Reach out to Jesus. He’ll send his Holy Spirit in His place.

I will ask the Father to send you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, who will remain constantly with you. John 14:16 (Voice)

I wish you well.`


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You Are Beloved

You know, life’s tough. It really is.

Among my family, friends and acquaintances, there are people who are facing all kinds of troubles. Widows. Widowers. Cancer stricken. Divorced. Struggling to come to terms with incest. Facing job loss. In constant pain. In financial need. Family turmoil. Facing death. Living with an irreversible disease. Trying to raise Godly children in an ungodly world. Caring for infirmed family members. Wayward children. Dealing with dementia. Strained relationships. Estranged children. Rejection. Business losses. Betrayal. Alcoholism.

The list goes on, and on, and on…

I’m sure you are familiar with these same things, either in your own life, or the lives of people you are close to. Life is tough, and it hurts. But that isn’t all there is to life. Far from it.

As I’ve mentioned before, we need to be careful not to let our situations, or others, define us or dictate our worth. Why? Because in God’s eyes, we are all precious and loved. Regardless of our situation.

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves, and remind others, that we are God’s Beloved.


Whether we are struggling to raise our children. Facing rejection from someone we love. Not sure how in the world we are going to pay our bills. Wondering if the pain will ever stop. Whatever it is that has burdened our hearts, and makes us feel as if we are struggling up a boulder-strewn mountain, we can lay it down at Jesus’ feet. We can ask him to help us deal with it correctly, through his power.

 “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.” Daniel 10:19

I wish you well.


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