Unchangeable Truth

Depending on how old you are, you have gone through more or less new findings. If you follow along, have you ever wondered about their wording or the sense behind them?

What do I mean by that? Let me give you two examples from of my own life:

  • When I was young, a few decades ago, they said that if you cannot easily peel a boiled egg you have not done a good job letting cold water run onto it after boiling it. Now they say that the ease of peeling the egg depends on how fresh the egg is.
  • Thirty years ago they told us not to lay down a baby on his back — to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and so that the babies would not choke to death if they would throw up while in bed. Today they say differently: the risk of dying of SIDS is much higher for babies that sleep on their side or on their stomach.

What if they are wrong? What if they had been right years ago? Did they find out more? Have they made new discoveries? Back then we’ve thought we can trust their advice and found it to be true. Now their truth has changed. Who can guarantee that it will not change again tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or even in ten years time?

True, the peeling of the egg is not that serious but the death of a child is — and so is the death of a relationship, the killing of love, and the destruction of a marriage!

Be careful in whom and in what you are putting your trust in. Opinions change and so can people, but the Word of God will last forever.

In 1. Peter 1:24-25 it says that:

All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.

(NKJV)

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Most Wonderful Time Of the Year

How do you think about December? Is this usually a month of joy and celebration for you? Or do you feel burdened by getting ready for Christmas?

When I was a child I used to love December: It’s when winter starts, the fields and roads are white, and it’s cold outside. It’s when we would light candles, drink hot chocolate, keep warm and cozy at home. In the evening of the 5th we would put our boots outside for “Nikolaus” to fill them over night with sweets and maybe a small toy or two. A few days afterwards I would get more presents for my birthday and then Christmas came up and there would be even more presents for me to open. How exciting!

Now December seems a rather sad month: Nikolaus doesn’t seem to find his way around that often anymore, each birthday means I’m another year older 🙄 and a few days before Christmas is my mom’s day of death. This Christmas will be the first without my dad (he did in March), too.

However, this year things are a bit different. I surprised a new friend on St. Nikolaus Day with a little present. Guess what? She had the same idea. My birthday went by quickly, and I’m glad it did because I don’t like it when people make a fuss about it. Still, I received beautiful cards, lovely mails, gorgeous flowers, a few text messages and when I thought it was over (in the evening) a friend gave me another present (cookbook ❤ )

Can you believe it? 14 more days until Christmas Eve! We keep the American tradition of putting the tree up around Thanksgiving Day. At first I didn’t want to put it up and decorate it, but by now I’m into the decorating-the-whole-house kind of mood. Even the stairs got a touch of the season.

No matter if we are looking forward to this season or not, we usually tend to forget the most important reason to celebrate it 😦 It’s supposed to be a season filled with hope, joy and love. The LORD Jesus left heaven to be born in a stable on earth, to grow up and teach us and love us and die for us — so that His people could be saved and go to heaven to be with Him one day. How exciting is that?

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

(Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

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Overwhelmed

You are just finished dealing with one thing and the next hardship already comes along. Or, you are still in the middle of battling with one issue while another — and maybe yet another — is added upon your shoulder. You feel overwhelmed. You know you won’t be able to cope with all of this much longer. You have come to the end of your rope.

Ever felt this way before?

This is how I have felt yesterday morning. Then the LORD brought something to my mind — something my old Pastor used to say often, mostly during our prayer meetings. He said that especially in times like these we need to look up to the One who can change things, the One who loves us so deeply, and who cares for us and our sorrows. We need to go to His Word. And then he shared that, in situations like these, he often goes to Psalm 91, reads and prays its words. That’s exactly what I did on Tuesday morning and I urge you to do the same.

If you feel like you have come to the end of your rope today, get your Bible out — even if it is dusty — and start reading the healing Word of God. Why not start with Psalm 91 and keep on going, reading a little more each day?

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