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Savoring My Passage - the monthly journal of A. C. Gray

November 2011

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“I fancy that as we grow older, as we think longer and work harder and learn to sympathize more intelligently, the one thing we long to be able to pass on to men is a vast commanding sense of the grace of the Eternal.”  Hugh R. Mackintosh, quoted in What is Man? By James S. Stewart

 

Rustic cabin

Comes again November and in America the month marked for more than two centuries as a time of Thanksgiving --Thanksgiving to the Creator of the universe and everything in it.  Henry Morris writes that the human brain is surely the most complex physical system in the universe, as acknowledged even by such an atheistic scientist as Isaac Asimov.  On this recognized fact alone, that men and women have been created in the very image of God, we have a basis to pour out thanksgivings to the Creator who has also made us objects of His redeeming love.  This fact prompts me to consider what of life’s gifts should take priority in my thanksgivings.  Surely the Grace of God should headline all the others for without that Grace, none else would exist.  Grace for my first birth on this planet and Grace for my second birth in Christ.  Grace for my forgiven sins and Grace for my need and ability to forgive others.  Grace for the bounty of my seventy-four plus years.  Grace for His watch care over my safety and well-being and opportunities to travel and experience a vast swath of our big blue marble.  Grace for my measure of good health, vision, and physical abilities to function normally all these years. +acg

 

 

GEESE FLEEING THE SCENE
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“There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: the ants...the conies...the locusts...the spider. (Proverbs 30-24-28)”  “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:  Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee” (Job 12: 7-8).  “If nothing else, the intricate design of even the lowest animal is eloquent testimony to the wisdom of its Creator and the madness of those who deny Him.”  Henry M. Morris

   

The Old Homestead

      

"God has landed on this enemy-occupied world in human form...The perfect surrender and humiliation was undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender and humiliation because He was man."                    C. S. Lewis--The Case for Christianity

Snow Falling All Around

                            

 

 

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?”  Psalm 8:3-4)              

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 “Christianity is not merely a conception; it is also a contagion.  And when the contagion is lost, then the conception too is lost...It is a law of the mind that that which is not expressed dies.  And if our Christianity is not expressed...it soon dies as a fact within us.  Nothing is really ours unless we share it.  For the moment someone else shares our faith, then that faith means more to us.” E. Stanley Jones, Growing Spiritually

 

A grave marker on the island of Cyprus:

                  LAZARUS

TWICE DEAD -- FRIEND OF JESUS

Little glutton

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