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    Good Morning Family of God

    Letter 1 June 9, 2020 Majors Brenda and David Allen
    Filed Under:
    Spiritual Life Development
    Photo by Ben White on Unsplash
    Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

    Gloves on or gloves off? Yesterday, as I sat in my car disinfecting my hands, following pumping gas, I noticed that another person at a pump had one blue glove on and texted ungloved with the other (hmm…), and another person had clear gloves worn on both hands. It’s amazing how life has made us so much more aware of our hands, what they touch and what they spread. What I hear, repeatedly shared, is that the most important thing is washing our hands.  So, keep counting for 20 seconds and lather up those hands often and well!

    This morning I wanted to write of Psalm 24 which speaks about having “clean hands and a pure heart” as we live in the presence of the God who has made all things. After pumping gas, yesterday evening, I even had a song I was singing in relation to this idea, but I awoke singing different words,

    Christ alone cornerstone

    Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love

    Through the storm he is Lord, Lord of all.

    What Lord, I asked, does that song have to do with hands? I paused and listened. And then, I pictured the hands of God which are often mentioned in scripture, accompanying the verse which says, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone…whoever believes in it will not be disturbed” (Isaiah 28:16).  Would you read that verse again with me?To lay a stone you first hold the stone. The God of eternity extended his hands and moved a stone into place. It was a clean stone, a pure stone, a properly set stone, an immovable stone, a secure stone, an invaluable stone. It was a cornerstone. In Bible times the cornerstone was the first stone set in place in a corner of the building. It was the standard upon which the building was constructed. All the stones that followed were properly aligned because of that first stone.

    The stone of Jesus Christ was intentionally set into place. From that first positioned stone (Jesus), stone upon stone could be added to the building. We are those added stones. “As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – you also like living stones are being built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:4-5). Picture this incredible building made of people from all cultures and nations!  Incredible!

    God, whose hands are alone clean, moved a Cornerstone into place, and that Stone was given the name Jesus.  Whoever builds their life upon that stone finds security and I might add, rest. When Jesus is our confessed cornerstone we then can sing, “When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay.”

    As we come to Jesus, our Cornerstone, we also find the freedom that comes from being given ‘clean hands and a pure heart’ (Psalm 24). We are able, as Psalm 134:2 says to “lift our hands in praise to our God” because “those who trust in him will not be disturbed.” Whatever your day brings, as you consider your hands, sing/say the words of the hymn around for generations or sing the newer version. Celebrate the Stone given from the hand of God.

    662: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

    1. My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus' blood and righteousness,
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

    On Christ, the solid rock, I stand,
    All other ground is sinking sand.

    All other ground is sinking sand.

    2. When darkness seems to veil His face
    I rest on His unchanging grace;
    In every high and stormy gale
    My anchor holds within the veil.

    3. His oath, His covenant and blood
    Support me in the 'whelming flood;
    When all around my soul gives way
    He then is all my hope and stay.

    (consider opening your hands as you pray) Heavenly Father, you have used your pure hands to extend to us a secure Stone – Jesus. On him, with great thanksgiving to you, we build our lives. Forgive us for seeking to build on anything or anyone else. Today we reach our feeble hands to your strong ones and ask that by your Spirit you offer us your what you alone can, an undisturbed heart. And then, with hands open, may we be those who offer to others what you in grace have given to us. AMEN

    With care and in prayer,

    Majors Brenda and David Allen


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