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Psalm 31:5: Into God’s Hands

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Psalm 31:5Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. 

We think of these as some of the last words Jesus spoke from the cross.  We might want to use them frequently ourselves . . . in fact, each time a new burden falls upon our shoulders.

God says: Do not worry about bringing your problems to me.  I am never on overload.  I always have time to hear you.  I will not lose my patience with you.  I have eternal time on my hands and I love to hear you speak to me.  I am happy when you are happy.  I am sad when you are sad. This is a truth upon which you can always rely.  I understand your tribulations.  This is why I walk among you.  I have already redeemed and rescued you, and I have paid a great price.  Rest in that knowledge . . . and in my love . . . and trust me.

As we say our daily prayers, let us commend ourselves to God; and may we experience the freedom of his redemption.

Click on the image above to reflect more on Those Hands.


A re-post from July 10, 2012.

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Psalm 32:11: Trueness of the Heart

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Psalm 32:11 – Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; shout for joy, all you who are true of heart. 

Being true of heart is difficult, but once begun . . . it is a practice we cannot give up.

God says: I come to walk among you in truth – a very special truth.  It is the truth that will set you free.  Once you begin to live in me and in this truth, you will feel uncomfortable living any other way . . . because you will living in The Way.

May you find the true stepping-stones of The Way with greater ease and a lighter, freer heart.

Spend some time with The Narrow Gate reflection at: https://thenoontimes.com/the-narrow-gate/


A re-post from July 9, 2012.

Image from: http://www.antarasdiary.com/photography-lovely-hearts/

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Psalm 34:7: Archangel

Monday, July 29, 2019

Psalm 34:7The Angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, and he will deliver them. 

Michael

The angels are God’s messengers and envoys.  The Archangels are Michael the Defender, Gabriel the Announcer, Raphael the Healer, and Lucifer the Beautiful One.  Even among these special creatures we see both a willingness and an aversion to obedience.

God says: As special and as beautiful as the angels are, they do not compare to the radiance of the human race.  I do not make them in my image.  Only you, my beloved ones, have such privilege.  My angels are constantly with you, guiding, protecting, communicating.  Each of you has a special guardian of your own.  There are also fleets of swift-winged creatures who come and go constantly with messages for you. 

Gabriel

I do not want you to be fearful.  I do not want you to feel alone and so I send them among you . . . even as I am among you.  Do not be afraid.  I am with you.  My angels are with you.  You are already delivered from the dark ones who would pull you into their world.  Sleep well.  Rise well.  Go into the day tomorrow with a smile.

Raphael

Wishing you peaceful days and happy nights.  May Michael defend you, Gabriel announce God’s word to you, Raphael heal you . . . and Lucifer stay far away from you.  All this God does that you might be well.

For more on the Archangels click on the images, or go to: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2011-09-29


A re-post from July 8, 2012.

Images from: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2011-09-29 and https://thenoontimes.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/9_29_michael21.jpg 

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Psalm 138:8: God’s Promise

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Psalm 138:8The Lord will make good his purpose to me; O Lord, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands. 

God always keeps God’s promises.

God says: In the flutter and clutter of living, it is easy to become distracted by the necessities of getting through a day.  I see how easy it is to become wrapped into the details and to forget your purpose.  I am with you to carry you through those times when you cannot possibly keep track of the minutiae.  You are special to me.  You will never be without me.  I will never let you drift alone.  I will always be with you.  You are a glorious gift, the work of my hands.  You will endure forever in my love when you come to me.

May God’s promises bloom into miracles for you.

Spend some time with the Falling Down the Well page on this blog and consider how God has kept promises and formed miracles in your own life. https://thenoontimes.com/falling-down-the-well/


A re-post from July 7, 2012.

Image from: http://alookintomymind.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/gods-promises/

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Psalm 30:13: My Heart Sings

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Psalm 30:13My heart sings to you without ceasing; O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

In all circumstances, either sorrowful or joyful, give thanks to the Lord.  He has done great things for me; he keeps his promises and fulfills his word.

God says: I do not let you down, I am with you always.  I do not change my mind; I am constant love.  I do not bully or neglect you; I wait until you move toward me . . . and then I run to greet you with an overflowing heart and open arms.  My love takes you in, washes away anxiety, allays fears and sends away all that threatens you.  If you rest in me you need nothing else.  Trust me and sing with me. 

Hoping that God’s lullabies take away all that terrifies you.


A re-post from July 6, 2012.

Image from: http://metrocalvary.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/

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Romans 8:38-39

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For the next several days there will be no Noontimes posts but I will continue to pray with you each day at noon and record thoughts in an old-fashioned paper journal to share later.  In place of receiving a daily post, you may want to explore ideas on the Connecting at Noontime page offered in the hope that you find a suggestion to feed the soul and strengthen your bond with and in Christ.

Our spiritual life is always about Call and Response God creates and calls us.  We listen, and then return God’s word.  This blog is one small way for us to listen, to seek, to discern, to come together, to puzzle through and to respond in full voice to God’s mysterious and beautiful invitation to life in the Spirit.  It is our daily visit with God that nourishes and sustains us.  It is our persistent connecting with the one who created us that reminds us of who and why we are.  It is our constant hope and our fervent prayer that buoy us up when the road is difficult.  And it is Christ’s love for each of us that keeps us on The Narrow Way.  Thank you for taking part in our Noontimes journey.  We are creatures meant to travel together and, like Paul writing to the Romans, I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus the Lord. 

sundial-3New posts will return later this month.  In the meantime, may you each know and experience Christ’s peace.  May you seek and discover God’s Wisdom.  And may you be fortified in the Love and Counsel of the Spirit.  I hold each of you in prayer as always.  S

 

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Psalm 33:11: The Designs of God’s Heart

Friday, July 19, 2019

Psalm 33:11The Lord’s will stands fast forever, and the designs of his heart from age to age. 

God’s economy and mystery are difficult for the human mind to grasp . . . yet still they are what they are . . . an eternal, inscrutable plan.  We humans struggle . . . we reach for our potential . . . and find it only through Christ.  We make our own plans . . . only to see that God has a better design.  We plan for a day, a month, a year . . . God plans for eternity.  His design is here and now.  His design is always . . . for God plans from a heart that is good and whole and full.

God says: Just because you say you cannot see me does not mean that I am not with you.  Just because you believe you cannot hear me does mean that I do not speak.  Just because you feel alone does not mean that I do not carry you through the peril of your days.  I love you still, no matter what you have done or not done.  I love you always, no matter who you are or who you are not.  I love you enough to have created you, to watch over you, to save you, to free you.  For now and forever.

Wishing you the plans of God’s heart . . . for today and all days.


A re-post from July 5, 2012.

Image from: http://bustedhalo.com/podcasts/are-we-ever-able-to-interfere-with-gods-plan

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Psalm 46:11: Be still . . . 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Psalm 46:11Be still, then, and know that I am God.

God is everything.  God is all.  God is one.  God is whole.

God says: In the clamor of your days it is difficult for you to hear my voice; yet still I speak.  In the blur of daily activity it is difficult for you to feel my presence, yet still I am.  In the haze of uncertain relationships and unsteady events it is difficult for you to know my love, yet still I wait for you. I will never leave you.  I will never betray you.  I will never change.  If you seek something immovable, constant and true, seek me.  I wait for you still.

Wishing you a peaceful evening on this day which may have been filled with much activity.


Image from: http://itisbygrace.blogspot.com/2011/01/you-need-only-be-still.html

A re-post from July 4, 2012. 

To listen to the Steven Curtis Chapman song Be Still and Know click on the verse cited above or go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHlbnNUHQGI

For more on this verse go to: http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1245-be-still-and-know-that-i-am-god

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Psalm 71:18: Waiting in Patience

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Psalm 71:18I shall always wait in patience, and shall praise you more and more.

Patience is difficult to practice because we have so many fears and we do not want to fail, to be exposed, to lose, to be in pain, to suffer in any way.  Yet the practice of patience itself wears down the fears . . . and brings more patience.

God says: The wisdom I wish to impart to you can only arrive to you through your patient, active waiting.  This patience can be learned through your salvific suffering – by offering your pain for the forgiveness of others.  You cannot solve your problems through your own cleverness or virtue for they weigh too heavily upon you.  I have given you the gift of faith.  From this gift will grow mountains of patience – much like the mustard seed in the parable my son loves to tell.   I also send you hope, through my son, Jesus Christ.  From this gift will flow rivers of patience – much like the rivers in the vision of my prophet Ezekiel.  I have given you the gift of charity toward all.  From this Love of your enemy will flower infinite patience . . . much like the patience my son shows as he dies innocently for others.  And with this faithful, hope-filling, abiding patience . . . you have won my heart.  Be patient with me and with my loving discipline, even as I am patient with you.  Praise me more and more . . . and this patience will permeate you in such a way that it will never leave you.  Just as I will never leave you.  You will never have to be without me.

As you wait for patience to settle into your being, I wish you a blessed and holy day.  A blessed and holy night.


A re-post from July 3, 2012.

Image from: http://adelecassidyyoga.blogspot.com/2012/02/sweet-patience.html

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