We ain't gonna cancel joy.

Originally posted on It's a God thing…:
We’re seeing the suspension of a heck of a lot at the moment. It’s discouraging. Heartbreaking. Worrying. But let’s boldly decide NOT to cancel joy. Or hope. Or peace. And lean into Jesus at this time. What is he showing you right now? Below is a video…

I’d like to share this beautiful and kindly effort with you by my fellow blogger and Christian Friend Ali. Her work is highly commendable and noteworthy and I was so inspired by this latest positive message from her that I was truly moved and felt the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ moving in this very troubling time with so many doubts swirling around the planet; but here we have Ali my Christian Sister giving me a shot to my heart of the only medicine that matters, the one true cure for anything that ails any of us and it comes to us direct from God in heaven if we just have an open heart to receive it. Ali is a motivator and she certainly motivated my positive energy that I admit can be dampened or skewed at times by the actual resentment I develop toward some very nasty people running amuck on this planet doing great harm and not caring who they pull down in the process. But let me include here what I had to say to Ali just before I realized I had to take this action.
Dear Ali, thank you for this lovely effort and dedication to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and you’re seeking His guidance to serve! I’m very touched and moved by your heart and work that you do in the community!
No suspension of our belief and faith in Jesus Christ who is always with us and to allow Him to handle what we aren’t required to, but to continue being inspired by Him to encourage and serve those in need where and when we can to also receive God’s love and hope for His children, for He alone is our Savior and Redeemer.
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13
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Post Script: A few hours after posting this blog article I received another notification about a very beautiful poem by another blogger friend which brought out the following response from me in just a few minutes which I know was because God’s will is working within us all, if we will just listen to Him in silence.  The following script fits I feel, like a dovetail!  I didn’t plan any of it; it all fell into place, thank God.

Excellent Robbie! Such encouragement is a powerful force for those who worry and tremble in despair, wanting to hear a voice of assurance from anywhere. Pensively they wait all cloistered in their homes, then while all shut in; they wonder if some good will soon come from within. But, at last a voice like yours breaks through that wall of fear, letting them know its OK to let out a tear; as we can rest assured we are not alone as surely the dawn will bring a reprise, when we all will witness another beautiful sunrise. 🙏🏻
God Bless.
This is such a beautiful photo with the words to match, my Friend.

Lawrence Morra

It's a God thing...

We’re seeing the suspension of a heck of a lot at the moment.

It’s discouraging.

Heartbreaking.

Worrying.

But let’s boldly decide NOT to cancel joy.

Or hope.

Or peace.

And lean into Jesus at this time.

What is he showing you right now?

Below is a video I made today, for the community centre I work at.

I hope it reminds you you’re not alone in this.

Love,

Ali

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“Steady and True”

“seeking His will”

Steady and true is our course!  If our focus is truly upon the Lord, then our destination is a certainty that nothing can change!  One day at a time seeking His will we move closer to Him.

“For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7. 

Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ, for your faithful efforts in serving our Lord!

Shalom.

 

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Lawrence Morra

Seek and You Will Find

“God doesn’t roll dice!” 

I found a fellow bloggers name listed today for the first time indicating he liked my blog and is now following it.  I in turn reviewed his blog and enjoyed his perspective on some topics of interest to me as well, but I immediately noticed a gap in his perception of our earthly reality.  My hope here is to help bridge that gap with added insight and revelation, because we all need our own personal epiphany before we depart this short earthly life.  I recognize that we humans may come from very different cultures and backgrounds that often give us different frames of reference by which we perceive the world in “varying degrees of difference” that can be similar or vastly different.  But again, my hope here is to express my inner most heart and what wisdom I may have acquired in my lifetime to help others to hopefully see the TRUTH, so they won’t “miss the boat” or “not see the forest for the trees!”  “This life is an unbelievable, awe inspiring amazing gift” that came from “absolute perfect eternal love” and this short opportunity or window to come to terms with some fundamental principles that we must not overlook should not be marginalized or wasted!  But rather, we should with a whole heartened intent ask “the why,” because there is an answer sitting in our proverbial faces to that ancient question!  And, that is why, I wrote this blog today, for this man or anyone who will listen.  God Bless You.

I see where you’re coming from.  I also see the deepest intrinsic value in every speck of existence as miraculous and having qualities that are not random or meaningless or having come into such balance and order by chance or random sequential events taking place at some special by happenstance moment, as I also don’t see how it all has always been as it is with no beginning or end, as we observe readily all is changing and disintegrating in this realm!  Scientists know for certain and have demonstrated the “Big Bang” theory, but so too persons like the great Albert Einstein who by far one of the most extraordinary minds to have even been here on earth, told fellow physicists when having a discussion about the millisecond prior to the “Big Bang;” when one of the scientists extrapolated with all of  his calculations that with enough “random events” occurring just before that “golden moment” when creation took place or the “Big Beginning,” as I call it, this scientist said these events would surely fall into the precise order required for that golden moment to take place.

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Then Einstein said, “Ah, Yes my friend but you’re forgetting one thing, God doesn’t roll dice!”  You see he knew and could understand by his extraordinary insights or revelation into existence, his epiphany if you will; that a creating power that vast and intelligent would undoubtedly have to exist being deliberate and intentional in all of its actions by the sheer fact of knowing all things which would by default make “each action perfect and precisely what it was meant to be” or the only thing it can be; never a mistake!  My point to you and all followers here is that the mathematical probability that all of this unbelievable existence to have come into being by some unknown yet perfect event happening by chance, is basically mathematically impossible, especially when one looks at and examines closely the incredible intricacies of every bit of existence down to the atom to not see clearly that a vast intelligence is at work in all of this; which is far beyond our puny minds or almost insignificant meaningless opinions, when stacked up against what is really going on here!  You and I know basically nothing in comparison and to think otherwise is complete folly and I dare say stupidity on our parts if we are to think so highly of ourselves!  We only have what God has given to us and there is obviously a plan or imagination at work that will have the final say in everything here, no if’s and’s or but’s about it!  Rest assured you are part of God’s plan, but our biggest task, is to recognize that, and appreciate the opportunity sitting on our laps, while then giving due respect and love back to our Creator, because that was the only reason all of this began, was out of “His infinite love.”  We step outside of this plan or design attempting to make ourselves our own God, then we transgress the “OLD ONE,” as Einstein referred to him.  That would be quite asinine to do, don’t you think?

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Just this fact, that we can think as we attempt to comprehend and make these observations is obviously a miracle and gift from the “Divine Creator” of all things, which plainly tells us that we are meant to see, recognize and understand these fundamental facts, then to let our conscience and heart be our guide, which will lead us to Him in Love and Peace beyond measure, far beyond our present limited human comprehension.  As Holy Scriptures have told us, “Seek and You Will find.”

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

 

Lord have mercy.  Amen.

Holy TrinityLawrence Morra

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Will You Follow Me?

The purest human heart that has ever existed

While I was writing my blog as a Lent Offering today I received a notice which turned out to actually be about a very nicely written article by a fellow Christian blogger about Lent Season, which helped to inspire me to focus my writing upon this subject with fervor and try my best to explain what my personal perception about Lent is, and making such an offering to our Father in heaven during this Lent Season.

Good advice here and words of wisdom.  This got me thinking about the difficulty of separating ourselves from sin especially those sinful little pleasures we grow so accustomed to throughout the years.  Such a huge challenge at times because why?  Well the basic truth is we are fallen and not in a pure state of grace or good enough as we are to be in the presence of absolute holiness which God is and we are not.  The good news is He created us in His image having an eternal spiritual nature within us to make us heirs, to become all we can be as members of His glorious eternal kingdom in Heaven. The gap between here and there is huge and impossible a chasm to cross on our own and another huge culprit in all of this is temptation which you helped me to think about right now during Lent!  My dad would always tell me as a teen and on into my mature years, that there is too much to be had out there and it doesn’t take much to get into trouble real fast if we don’t strengthen our faith continually.  And that is where you came in with this very nice blog which speaks to the directive or marching orders put before us, these orders or the edict is simple and clear; Will You Follow Me?  Good Lord knows I want to and have tried and failed often enough like all of us do, sometimes appearing to be so messed up that if we had tails we certainly would be chasing them!  But here is the good news, God made it so simple and guaranteed that we can be where He is in splendor and peace forever, if we as my mom always said, just keep trying our best because Jesus took all sin away and tossed it into hell where it belongs and He knows if we have sincerely tried our best or not.  The purest human heart that has ever existed, completely perfect and without any sin is pleading to us to follow and does all the pleading of each of our cases before our heavenly Father to forgive us for our transgressions or lack.  See that is the amazing thing God does through Jesus Christ He is searching out every heart to know it perfectly as to whether that heart belongs to Him or is running a scam or charade playing both ends against the middle, like having the best of both worlds if you will, to party it up for the short term appeasement this world can offer which the evil one uses continually against those of us who figure as far as heaven goes I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, because Jesus is so loving and will cut me enough slack to get through the gate.  Many of the politicians we actually witness these days are a prime example of this folly and deception they play with grabbing all they can now while they cause nothing but ruin and misery around them.  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:23 Any self-serving or becoming puffed up with one’s own interests and worldly power or pleasures is guilty of this transgression from God and will never reach His kingdom following that path to perdition and eternal damnation.  The polar opposite of this is what Jesus himself stated to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23)

I refer now to a faithful servant of Jesus who dedicated his life to serving God’s will on earth, Rev. Billy Graham.

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“What did Jesus mean when He said we have to carry a cross? I’ve heard people talk about a problem they have and say it’s a cross they have to bear, but is this what Jesus meant?”

A:

“No, this isn’t what He meant—although it’s not necessarily wrong to refer to some problem we are having as a “cross” we must bear. In Jesus’ day, a cross was a symbol of suffering, and we all have trials and afflictions that may be very hard for us to bear—even with God’s help.

But Jesus meant something far deeper than this when He told His disciples to carry their cross.  He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death.  What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day.

You see, Jesus doesn’t simply call us to believe that He existed, or even to believe that He can save us.  He calls on us to commit our whole lives to Him—to trust Him alone for our salvation, and then to follow Him as His disciples. He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Is Christ the master of your life?  Have you put to death your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life?  Don’t be satisfied with anything less, for there is no greater joy in life than following Christ every day”.  billygraham.org

Reading Rev. Graham’s words to others who desire to know and serve Christ reminded me of something my grandfather would say many years ago when I was a boy, “don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!”  Which leads my thoughts back to what I believe this other blogger elicited in my thoughts about lent;  And that reminds me of what you’re saying here, how Lent Season should be looked upon; how we are not to waste this golden opportunity to get into alignment with the Lord!

“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it.” Matthew 7:13

So yes it is a difficult road we travel but we can make it much more difficult than it need be and indeed impossible to overcome or we can make it a journey of “Fulfillment and Victory” over all that is against us, yes even death itself; to become champions at being His “humble servants” though Jesus Christ for God who is in heaven, our Father Who is waiting to embrace us in our everlasting New Life when we join Him there.

Jesus is still here leading us to the Father by His Holy Spirit, to our New and Everlasting Life if we will just follow Him our Good Shepherd. 

God Bless You and Keep You.

Lawrence Morra

Post Script continuation Part II

I needed to share here a potion of what I had to say to another fellow Christian blogger yesterday while having a conversation about a dog I rescued and this too also serves as evidence demonstrating how, Jesus is the Master Potter and He will shape our lives to suit what purpose our Father sees as best for each one of us as long as we turn our lives over to Jesus and are truly letting Him lead us by our right hand.

Thank you so much for having the interest in Penny and sending out all of the good thoughts you do!  Yes, she was a very confused panic stricken animal when I came along, that was about to have her life taken away by a too busy not always caring world, but God gave her a chance by allowing me and Penny to act as a message of “Salvation and Hope” when God brought us together, so in time that example would be observed or even duplicated through the hearts and minds of others that hear about her story!  God gave me a chance to serve as an instrument to that end appreciating life and every little blessing even more this example of Penny, because having her as a friend has actually changed me for the better too!  God’s power and infinite love is at work all around us and that is where our attention should be focused as much as we possibly can.

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https://lawrencemorra.com/2019/03/18/a-god-sent-ray-of-hope-and-light-on-thanksgiving-for-a-dog-and-a-man/

I do believe that we children of God are much like Penny in that when she had no direction or hope, feeling that way because of her confused and lost emotional state when I found her, through what I know was “God’s deliverance and Divine Intervention.”  To move from despair to hope and onto salvation!  This is an example of God’s daily handiwork in our lives to shape each of us to bring about His Great Plan which is unfolding every second, He does actually have; “the whole wide world in his hands!”

The other thing that immediately captured my attention in your comment was when you mentioned Brother Lawrence and his writing who I actually never heard of and this was very intriguing to me, so I actually got to thinking about him a bit looking him up here online as I was telling you about the seagull I rescued, and now I want to read about his beautiful, as I see it methodology of communing with God continually from a very basic simple focus and complete openness with due diligence, being able to know His presence first hand and in the way that God allows one to manifest a very close relationship with Him, in what I would call a state of attuned connection with the Holy Spirit moment to moment, sort of being on the same frequency, by being free and trusting through genuine belief that He will talk to you if you are willing to let yourself go and allow Him to lead, trusting Him by faith alone.  You and I do this because now I know we were meant to converse, and little special dots are being connected as we just do like this, whereby you told me about this fascinating Monk Lawrence that I’m so inspired to read about now, and will get this book of his,  “The Practice of the Presence of God.”

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“The Practice of the Presence of God is a book of collected teachings of Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a 17th-century Carmelite friar, compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort.  The compilation includes letters, as well as records of his conversations kept by Brother Lawrence’s interlocutors.  The basic theme of the book is the development of an awareness of the presence of God.”   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Practice_of_the_Presence_of_God

“Brother Lawrence retreated to a place in his heart where the love of God made every detail of his life of surpassing value.  ‘I (Brother Lawrence) began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.’  Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world.

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So, as always God is in control and we are continually being guided and molded to suit His purposes for each of us and if we pay attention and are willing to let Him lead the way it will become all the more apparent as we move forward. spirituallyhungry.com/christian-challenge/

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“I regard myself as the most wretched of all men, stinking and covered with sores, and as one who has committed all sorts of crimes against his King.  Overcome by remorse, I confess all my wickedness to Him, ask His pardon and abandon myself entirely to Him to do with as He will.  But this King, filled with goodness and mercy, far from chastising me, lovingly embraces me, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the keys of His treasures and treats me as His favorite.  He talks with me and is delighted with me in a thousand and one ways; He forgives me and relieves me of my principle bad habits without talking about them; I beg Him to make me according to His heart and always the more weak and despicable I see myself to be, the more beloved I am of God.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

“That all things are possible to him who believes, that they are less difficult to him who hopes, they are more easy to him who loves, and still more easy to him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
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Post Post Script continuation part III

Just today I had spoken with a sister about some events in the news and my “Lent Offering” blog which she said inspired her not only because of how it was written but that as usual I had prayed to Jesus to help me with the body of the article, from my most genuine thoughts, feelings, and desire with my heart through Him, to know what words to say and even the right photos to add which seem to come along easily.  Then today an email notice had arrived at the same time my sister and I had talked, which was about one of the very topics we had been discussing since my writing the “Lent Offering” article and how this article that addressed the unfairness of President Trump’s impeachment had definite tie-in to what we discussed; but most remarkable was the fact that the photo I felt directed to add to my blog when I wrote it was of Rev. Billy Graham taken many years ago in the early days of his evangelizing which now along with the photo that accompanied the article I received about President Trump connected profoundly in my way of seeing these two photos and men; especially in spirit and intent of both men being called to a higher purpose in order to serve God for their fellow man!  I see dots being connected all of the time lately as God sees best, in order to reach and help each of us to see Him and the truth he is revealing over time about our personal journeys in serving Him; our unique part that each of us has in His plan, day by day and bit by bit or as I say “dot by dot!”  I’m adding the photo for your discernment and I appreciate how we are so richly blessed to be able to share this way in fellowship for Him, especially when we consider how often times we actually make it through the gauntlet of life here on earth each and every day!  3/2/2020

Trump Gesture like Billy Graham

 

 

 

 

“The Salvation Stone”

 “they will walk and not be faint.”

Early this morning I had a conversation with one of my sisters in which we talked about just following Gods will each day by praying to Jesus and asking His Holy Spirit to guide while we just do our best to serve and love Him.  After having the conversation I was by force of habit going to make some breakfast and usually I feed my dog hers first but she didn’t seem interested once I had put some food out for her which was unusual because she always eats immediately, but this time something felt more pressing than eating our breakfast!  So I looked at her and said, walk, you want us to go for our walk first then we can come back and eat, is that it!  Her ears perked up and she started mulling around in the room a bit so I said OK let me get my boots on and as I did she got all fired up and chomping at the bit in a sense.  So off we went for a brisk morning walk and I decided to be sure to let her take the lead letting out some extra leash.  She led us in the direction of the cove we often like to walk around and then hike on to some other sites in that area.  We were coming up on a fairly busy secondary road which wasn’t as busy as it can often be but all the more unusual was that immediately there was a good break in the light approaching traffic so we hurried across the road and as we began to proceed on our walk I suddenly noticed a nice new pickup truck just about to pass us and saw that it was a neighbor who doesn’t live in town anymore and moved out of state but occasionally visits family here.  We waved at each other and then my dog and I continued on in the usual direction.  When we got to the next cross street my dog seemed not as typically wanting to head straight on toward the cove and then like a flash I realized the neighbor does have a dog that was in the truck, and with the direction they were heading the most likely place they would be going to is the park and how it does have paths that go along the shoreline too, so I suddenly had a feeling I should be heading to the park which was further away yet a nice long walk especially because when we got there we could walk along the trails and bike paths to another shoreline spot that I actually love.  My dog was very eager and so we picked up the pace and continued on until we got to the gate into the park.  As we went through the gate and walked about another 150 feet I looked to my left at a park bench and immediately something caught my eyes attention.  It was a nearly triangular shaped stone almost the size of the palm of my hand.  It was beautiful looking as it had been painted and had some distinct appearance right away as I noticed Biblical Scripture written on it and as nobody was around, because I really gave a good look in all directions, I decided maybe this stone was meant for me to see and pick it up for keeps.  I put the stone into my jacket pocket and continued walking down the main driveway through the park waiting to pick up one of the trail entrances further along into the park.  Just at the point along the way where I was about to turn to enter onto a path I saw the neighbor just getting into the truck and driving away and we had that brief moment to actually say hi and have a nice day!  So my dog and I continued on to where there is also a fenced dog park area off of the path we were following that many people like to bring their dogs to let them run loose with the other dogs in the enclosure.  My dog barks too much at other dogs and actually had far worse issues at the time I rescued her when she was about a year old, bad enough that she’s not even supposed to be alive, because when I found her at the animal shelter late one afternoon by a mysterious set of circumstances and I believe even directives, when she was slated to be put down first thing the next morning and when I saw her I was taken aback how beautiful and full of energy or even personality she had.  Long story short here; through an act of God I know was divine intervention the very next morning I was taking her home in my Jeep to give her a life when all hope had been lost, and that was a first because the committee and Chief of Police that have to sign off on euthanizing the animals had never backtracked and cancelled an order and this dog was determined to be un-adoptable, having issues making her supposedly unsuitable!  Thank God I got to her in that nick of time because she’s been so amazing and full of love, giving me a true friendship.  I spoil the heck out of her and feed her the best food, basically that I actually eat; you name it as long as there’s no toxicity concern for dogs involved she eats it whether sockeye salmon, sea scallops or chicken dinner she eats like a queen, all of it along with a high grade kibble.  Anyway I digress, as we continued on past the dog enclosure I rounded a corner on the fenced area and saw down in front of us on the grass a stone just about the same shape as the painted one but this one was just a blank stone.

Stone both side by side.jpgNow the funny thing is this; I was planning on posting a short blog today because I had a feeling about the Holy Spirit telling me that there was something I was going to need to mention or write a blog about since yesterday; and today’s date being quite novel meant I really should get my butt in gear and find some time to put out a blog, no if’s and’s or but’s, so without trying something special happened here putting what to write the blog about right on my proverbial lap!  My dog and I did our trail blazing and a few hours passed, then finally when we arrived home I put out some fresh cold water for her; and as I would be cooking an early afternoon dinner and needed to do some chores first, I got cranking along.  Later as the dinner was just starting to cook I checked in online and saw that at the very top of my email inbox was one that arrived about a blog at exactly 2:02 PM, on this date of 02 22 2020!  Now that caught my eye just as much as the Special Stone had, so I opened it and it was about a song I hadn’t heard in ages by a very poetic and at times quite spiritual soulful recording artist with much passion of soul in his music.  This is the song and artist, “A Passing Ship” By Gordon Lightfoot (1986).  This song and the video imagery fit to a tee many of the things I was feeling and thinking about over the last couple of days, and in a way some passing ship had arrived, during the walk by the shore!  But, getting back to the Stones I had happened upon, when at home during careful examination of them I found on the back of the hand painted stone that it had a faintly painted inscription which said “Post On,” then “Salvation Stone” in the center!  Of course you saw the feature photo of this stone which has the Biblical Scripture painted on it, which I’m listing here for your convenience, followed by the link to the Music Video which I’m sure you will enjoy!

Isaiah 40:8

8“The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.

9 You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[a]
 lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
    say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”

Feb 22 at 2:02 PM  Arrived!

A Passing Ship By Gordon Lightfoot (1986) Gordon Lightfoot

A Passing Ship – Gordon Lightfoot. Video by Bob Perkins

Gordon Lightfoot Lyrics

“A Passing Ship”

A passing ship
I have found the open ocean
Give me no lip
The waves roll by as I pass on
A snulit  sea
On the first day of April
How fresh the wind
Will you miss me when I’m gone
How many words
How many songs still unwritten
How many ships
Of the line have come and gone
In the good old days
May they never be forgotten
They had heavy wind
Or they had no wind at all

A passing ship
It is midnight on the ocean
Had a real long trip
I have been at sea all winter
When my ship came in
I was givin’ up the ghost
I think I should be
Leavin’ those passing ships alone

When the sea runs high
The sea runs wild and I’m unsteady
And I think of you
In the warmth of your home and family
When love is true
There is no truer occupation
And may this gale
Blow us to the ones we love

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Another day
Another ocean
Give me no lip
But stand aside as I pass on
A sunlit sea
On the last day of October
How fresh the wind
Will you miss me from now on
I guess I should be
Leavin’ passing ships alone.

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Later on after eating early dinner this entire spiritually inspiring course of events today brought me to remember an old tune I hadn’t heard in a while, “Straight Down the Line.” by Gerry Rafferty.

I did some praying and thanked God in the name of Jesus Christ for being with us and guiding us; thanking Him for every precious moment.  Then I went into my music archive and selected that old tune and my dog went to sleep having a nice nap, as I kicked back and took in the song remembering some special times!  I left it on loop for a good hour!

God Bless.

Lawrence Morra

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Photo of the Burra Homestead.  Dave And Deb

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus Calls Out to You

“Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”

Jesus knows and judges us by our hearts.  Therefore; Valentine’s day should be a day for “all to reflect” upon what it is we are investing our hearts into, and that by doing this we are able to allow a positive affirmation or resolution on this special day, to make correction and improvement in what our hearts are drawn to or truly invested in.  “To be right with the Lord our hearts must be right.

We are all fallen and in this extremely imperfect state, so it is virtually impossible for one person to fulfill another enough to give him or her any lasting peace and tranquility.  Romantic love is a failed proposition from the outset, setting one up for disappointment and heartache.

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To you who say that Jesus is the answer to all of our needs regarding love.  Whether it’s in regard to family, friends or desired earthly romance, I agree and add that there can only be one ultimate truth in all matters of the heart.   You’re on target with this:  “Jesus Christ is where you will find what you are looking for, by true love and faith in Him.” That’s the only source of true love and peace, but yet we all go through the motions here in our contrived fabricated man-made world of pretending.  There is no panacea and definitely no utopian level of earthly love between two humans.  WE SETTLE!  We all do that, deciding that, it’s better to grab and hold onto someone and hack it out, taking the good, the bad, and the ugly for better or worse, because the alternative of being alone seeming so much worse, and is shuddered by most as an unbearable place to be for the rest of your life.  But, we tend to sellout for this quick fix, in this very short-life,  when the eternal plan should be our total focus  Even though, Jesus promised that He walks with us holding our right hand, and that believing in Him we are never alone, therefore, which is giving us the greatest sense of security obtainable in this brief conflicting life.  After all, we are here to decide which we will choose, to walk with Him to Everlasting Life and Salvation, or to turn away from Him to be mesmerized by this world full of trickery, sin, corruption, lies, hate, misery, pain, suffering and all manner of evils; thus in so doing; forfeiting our Redemption and true everlasting sanctity with God.

13 For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”
  Isaiah 41

Love is not sex and sex is not love.

Here is something I had to incorporate into this Valentine message from my responding to a preacher’s message.

While I was writing a Valentine message your article came to my attention which is directly related to all of my thoughts about these human earthly celebrations and the earthly false notion of love or its true expression.  What you said about sex wrongly being entwined and mistakenly interpreted as love in the hearts and minds of many; to which I say is a great falsehood that is being perpetuated by pagan commercialization of, a spiritual matter between God, His children and each other, as I see it being manifested in cultures, art, film and just about anywhere money can be made by exploiting people.

This is profoundly true, what you said.  But, I also say this is a symptom and indeed a large portion of the bigger problem we as humans are all facing each and every day we live on this earth, being subjected to the ways of the world which are crooked, fallen from grace and all holiness.  The commercialization and pagan secular promotion of what constitutes a truly loving heart is far from being anything like the love that Jesus spoke about and still does in the Holy Scriptures and through the Holy Spirit.  A Box of Roses and even close intimacies, sexual or otherwise don’t signify the presence of pure love, but are many times mostly vain attempts to convince someone of something intangible in human earthly terms as being real, when in fact it’s all become a game of pretend, fakery, delusion or smoke and mirrors if you will; while big business is making a fortune off the foolhardiness, vulnerabilities and weaknesses of people.  But, it is a symptom and indeed a large portion of the bigger problem we as humans are all facing each and every day we live on this earth, being subjected to “the ways of the world” which are crooked, fallen from grace and all holiness.  In essence a continual brainwashing by the man-made world, a world where opportunity runs rampant for the father of all lies to deceive, captivate and lead astray, to cause the lost sheep of the flock to fall into the clutches of, sin, despair and suffering!

Secularism and materialistic living abound and draw upon most if not all people at some point in their lives like the proverbial moth to the bright artificial light.  It’s  been said,  “all that glitters is not gold;” people being often times weak, vain and petty sink to the lowest common denominator of living in this world for only the here and now which would be to serve self and obtain pleasure, whether it be addiction to drugs and alcohol or sex, along with a host of other temptations to escape reality and turn away from God,  that the Devil uses to ensnare God’s children and draw them away from the “true light of the world,” the Creator, our Father in heaven, and instead to that fool’s gold that which glitters but has no Divine truth or lasting reward and instead brings those that follow it to doom, just like the moth into the heat of the bright light being lured continually closer to the flame that consumes it, eventually bringing it to ruin and death.  But, as children of God created in His image this death is not just of our physical bodies that wreaking with sin or imperfection; but more importantly it’s a spiritual death.

The Holy Scriptures tell us in Matthew 7:

7“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

6“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.7 Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.

1“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others.The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

3“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

9“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

12“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets”.

21“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”

24“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

28 “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.”

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Jesus communicates with us in many ways — through prayer, through the Scriptures, and through images.

Jesus promises all who devote themselves to His Sacred Heart” that they will receive many graces, especially:

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I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

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​“I will give peace in their families.

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​“I will console them in all their troubles.

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I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.

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I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.

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Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

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Tepid souls shall become fervent.

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Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.

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I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.

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I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.

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Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.

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In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

(Verse Concepts)

“I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations,” Isaiah 42:6

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A most, “Blessed Sacred Heart of Jesus,” to all of you. Amen.

Lawrence Morra

Post Script: 02/15/2020

🙏 ❤ This is what all heart’s desire; to be filled with everlasting peace and love, yet all men are incapable of providing such to anyone, not even one’s self.  Therefore, seek the eternal through God the Creator; who is all absolute love and peace!

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 ❤ 🙏

It’s getting more obvious to me as I’m sure you as we grow older that we all come up short changed or even broke if we depend on mere temporary earthly contentment’s or pleasures to fill us; virtually an impossible fool’s errand.  But, with a caveat I say we should always try to make the best of what we have and be eternally grateful just for that, indeed our next breath is a miraculous gift; and then seek Him the Divine and Everlasting to satisfy our every dream and need in His kingdom to come!  I’m sure I’ll see you there as long as I keep trying my best, that’s all He expects of any of us!  Amen.

 

 

 

“My Imitation of Christ”

“Catholic devotional prayer”

I was quite agitated and even angry with some people that called themselves Born Again who viciously attacked this dear Word Press Blogging friend about her article in which she described her practice of doing the Catholic Rosary, and one of them a man even saying she will be damned to hell, to which I say those individuals are “NO” Christians but a synagogue of Satan, and they will be damned for sure as I know through all my life experience and wisdom gained through it, that they are WRONG!  No so called Christian would do such an attack upon another Christian but they remind me of what the Radical Islamist’s do within their own religion and to others; could it be these attackers, that behave as wolves in sheep’s clothing online are not so Christian as they profess to be?

This article is dedicated to that friend for her devotion to Jesus Christ and indeed perfect plan, which He, God the Father brought to humanity through the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God, Jesus Christ our Savior, through “The Immaculate Conception!”  Keep the faith, and do the Rosary dear Friend; the world needs so many more people like you to save our souls through Jesus Christ, by devotional faith, prayer and advocacy supplication in humility, using all of his instruments to increase devotion and obedience in order to strengthen our faith!.  I say this, that whatever praying you offer up to God the Father through Jesus Christ from your deepest heart He will NEVER reject, no not ever, for eternity!  Amen.

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The Imitation of Christ

The Imitation of Christ is a Christian devotional book by Thomas à Kempis, first composed in Latin ca. 1418–1427. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the Devotio Moderna movement, of which Kempis was a member.

The Imitation of Christ (De Imitatione Christi), first published in 1418 by the German-Dutch monk and scribe, Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, better known as Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 25 July 1471).

“If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance.” ― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

A quotation of what a Good Reads follower had said about this magnificent book!  “This book is going to forever be in either of two places in my home; my coffee table or my bedside. Reading this book this morning was like drinking deep of Christ’s love. Thomas a Kempis wrote this devotion in such a way to fan the flame in our soul with beautiful gentle words.”

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Yesterday a true believer and gentleman who had been just as dismayed by this attack upon the Blogger, wrote to me a very important comment that I’m quoting a piece of here in my response to his letter that was so poignant and an actual God Sent, that I know God is working this all out by His will through His faithful.  Amen.

I found your words to be quite strikingly profound and they immediately registered as important to ponder or meditate on which turned out to be accurate.  As the evening went on I grew much more tired and had to retire, but then sleeping only a few hours I woke with a clear sense of mission and decided I needed to see what you had written earlier again; then things started to happen and my thoughts crystallized and these specific words reminded me of something, here when you said, “the devil is defeated and on a short leash, and the only evil that can befall me is that which God has ordained to help conform me to the image of Christ and accomplish His purposes.  I thank God for His Word in which I read that Christ said things such as these would happen.”

I know now my friend that what you say here is pointing out a huge part or Truth of what is and has been going on with everything that happened over the last several years in my own life and even this tragic display by so called Christians on the attack!  These words of yours reminded me of a small pocket book version of “My Imitation of Christ,” which a man I knew from back when I had that government job I mentioned to you previously gave to me not very long before the nefarious inspired major injury calamity happened, and this man had studied in seminary to become a priest, which he ultimately found wasn’t going to be his own personal destination in serving the Lord.  If he had become an ordained priest I would never have met him, which is a fact.  An interesting footnote here is that on the first text page or Foreword at the bottom of the page it says, “Feast of Our Lady March 25 1954.”  But I hadn’t looked at this book in some years and you brought my attention to it by your words and I want to read a short passage from it that is located at the beginning.  This was clearly a message for me to share with my friend and any of you who will see and hear!  “But he who would fully and feelingly understand the words of Christ must study to make his whole life conformable to that of Christ.  What doth it avail thee to discourse profoundly of the Trinity if thou be void of humility, and consequently, displeasing to the Trinity?  In truth sublime words not make a man holy and just: but a virtuous life maketh him dear to God.” “Vanity of vanities and all is vanity.” Eccles 1. 2.  “Except to love God and serve Him alone.  This is the highest wisdom, by despising the world to tend to heavenly kingdoms.”

Often remember that proverb: “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.”  Eccles 1. 8.

“Study, therefore, to withdraw thy heart from the love of visible things and to turn thyself to things invisible.” My Imitation of Christ.

I skipped a few sentences but the focus of these words for me is that which you mentioned how our time is short here!   Think of that, we don’t live long really at all here.  And tragedy or an accident could befall anyone at any time and this is over in a flash.  When we are younger sure we tend to not think of such things because we feel brash and full of promise but even then it can be over in a heartbeat.  So, it really is so  vitally imperative that any person hopefully learn that these words I just typed here are ideas that focus on a key directive that has been given to us and again by what you said earlier and now these words clearly tell us, “that serving and loving God” is all that matters my friend.

Many dots are being connected all the time; God gives us all of the dots and we are supposed to connect them.  In so doing we demonstrate our faithful heart desire to follow Him, and that we put Him front and center, saying we are here Lord to Love and Serve You.

Here is when I realized I must share a couple of things with you that are very personal.  I know from reviewing my life from childhood to now, that I was always a good heart and wanting to give love to others, but wanting and needing it is also built in.  As I grew up I had my ups and downs with that; feeling at times really appreciated and loved and yet other times feeling alone, especially when my parents had marital difficulty; reacting as many children do in those situations with a sense of guilt and inferiority.  Life itself damages us and how we react to that is key in whether we move forward growing stronger in spite of the hardships or we decline and give into the easy way out of that pain and perhaps drink or do drugs as an attempt to escape pain and fear or guilt and sorrow, but continuing that way to slip deeper into the despair and the eventual ruin that awaits anyone who will be so lost or foolish.  We who are faithful know the only way that great wound or need can be completely filled, that great unstoppable need; is by God Himself.  This deep human need is why so many of us turn to sin or habitual activities to quell that emptiness and inner conflict, to quench the desire to be embraced and loved unceasingly, because that is what this life is all about, LOVE.  God created all of this and us in particular out of endless LOVE.  God  loved us so much that He gave His only begotten not made Son as the sacrificial “Lamb of God” to take away all sin and suffering out of His pure, eternal, absolute LOVE!  But we mere broken humans can’t bring it to absolute fruition while here on earth and so we either develop a good life the best we can while following Jesus counting on Him to bring us to the things that we need and protect us from those that will harm us along the way; to then deliver us unto everlasting PEACE!  Some people strike a pretty good balance while others are off the rails their entire lives, corrupted, broken and sinful even to the end; then there are those most blessed persons who walk with the saints and are doing God’s will as fully and selflessly as is humanly possible and even beyond by miracles!

I was talking with a relative many years ago who said we should listen to our parents and in his case he said especially his father;  to which I replied we do, then he snapped back at me, “no, no that isn’t what I mean, I mean everything!”  He went on to explain how he had not listened and was rebellious thinking he knew better than his father, saying how it’s not just about what you feel like listening to or accepting, and then not the rest,  it’s all.  I told him I get it now, that the one person you know would never screw you over or steer you wrong his father who had fought in War and been all around knowing so much about life and its meaning a very upright and as righteous a man as they ever come, straight as an arrow kind of man; you had better listen and do it so you don’t learn the hard way, and then it’s too late!  That relative had gone through a life of hell suffering I’m sure like none of us would wish on our worst enemies.  He was in poor health from it all and actually was going to pass away even though we all had no idea at that point it would be so soon, we assumed because he had pulled through so much for so many years, even riding the rails; it was a foregone conclusion he was a bull, and would not be stopped!  He was, and it came sudden; being truly a bull, but being stopped when God said no more, without much time to do much of any value other than to ask God to save His soul which is the most important thing we can ask of God for another and then go through family grief and mourning.   The flip side is he laid down his life for his friends, which Jesus told us is the best thing we can ever do to show true love for each other; sacrifice all for the blessings of others.  His devoted loving mother was the only one that was with him when he died and she had ceaselessly supported him and watched after him in so many ways as he deteriorated as a human, good faithful man and son; a Martyr for God, his life being an instrument of God!  Perhaps I will write a very long story telling all about him sometime if it is God’s will because it would be a tear jerking heart moving and faith inspiring journey to read about.  Just a few days before God took him and he passed, I had a brief conversation with him in which he said to me, “we are here to love and serve God.”

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

For now I’m sharing with you that which never was done until now, with anyone outside of the family tree which is a big family in a sense being both a large immediate kindred, while also a brother of humanity; the eulogy I wrote in a few minutes the morning I was getting ready to head out to his funeral and Catholic Mass beforehand!  After I read it the priest got back to the podium and said; “these words Lawrence read to us were inspired by God.”  He a most wonderful human being before he passed on told me, “with God all things are possible.” Amen.

IN MEMORY OF YOU Our “Brother in Christ”

Life can sometimes seem confusing, and we all lose our way or fall short in some way, shape or form throughout the course of our lifetime.  All of us make mistakes, but have a chance to regain our balance and learn from the experience a valuable lesson of life and then move on. While other unfortunate individuals never get a second chance to get back on the path of their life, continuing to slip into a life of despair.  This ultimately leads to an ever increasing hardship and burden that those individuals must carry for the rest of their lives on earth.  But I believe that there is the Great intelligence and Wisdom beyond this temporary life as mere mortals, that has a plan and knows the reasons why these things must go the way they do.  Perhaps like the tempering of steel, some people must stay in the heat of the flame suffering longer than others, while that person’s inner character and makeup is altered and shaped into a newer and stronger form of what the original once was.  And if a person’s soul suffers the sustained pain of a hard life while others seem to have more advantage and opportunity to be content and happy while here on earth, then consider that those who suffer the most may be earning wings to be a special guardian or pilot for the rest of us.  And in this vein, I do believe our dearly departed brother in Christ earned his wings.

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence

The Imitation of Christ

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis has for five centuries been the most popular spiritual book second only to the Sacred Scriptures of the Bible. The edition that I quote from here is by the “Confraternity of the Precious Blood.”  The book illustrates clearly the basic fundamental principles of the Christian Spiritual Life which brings our attention to the additional point from the whole Truth of how the Precious Blood of Jesus that was  spilled when he was being chastised in the dungeon for our sins so that we all may live; was wiped up by the loving motherly hands from the ground where it was spilled by the mother of Jesus, Mary, thus completing full circle her Blessed connection to the Son she bore immaculately to humanity by God’s absolute power and plan, as she is a special part of His plan “The Immaculate Conception,”  without which the “New and Everlasting Covenant” or “Salvation” could not have been brought into humanity and “her being hallowed” above all the saints in order to carry God into this human life; that made her the “Mother of the Church,” Jesus’s Church by Him becoming a perfect man through her most blessed womb, the only mother who carried in her womb God Almighty, as the man Jesus Christ the Savior and Redeemer, to save our souls from eternal damnation or separation from God and all that is good; how she is in that loop, connected with Him the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in this most special way forever and ever, Amen.

I quote from the book here; “follow Christ Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. As we study its contents we are convinced that without that Way there is no going, without that Truth there is no knowing, without that Life there is no real living.”

 

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra

 

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