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Where’s Waldo?

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“…he [the Lord] be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being;” — Acts 17:27b-28a

There are times God feels distant. But the Bible tells us we live and move in him like a fish lives and moves in water.

John Ortbert in his little book God is Closer Than You Think says God sometimes plays a spiritual version of “Where’s Waldo”. Waldo is on every page but as those books progress he becomes more difficult to find. Why? The author, Martin Handford, never says but when Waldo is found there is joy and a sense of discovery. The experience teaches children to pay attention to detail and to keep seeking because they know his is there somewhere, the author promises that he is!

God never says why he is sometimes hard to feel, either, but I think it is to produce a similar response in his children.

Have you found Waldo on today’s page, yet?

–fritz

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>Honoring Mom and Dad

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“God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ … But you say that if a man says … ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it” – Jesus (Matthew 15:4-6a NIV)

Jesus’ view of keeping the 5th Commandment is not just saying, “Sir” and “Ma’am”, it includes taking care of them financially in their old age.

The Pharasees got around this, in their own minds, by saying all they had belonged to God and couldn’t be used for others.

Using religious technicalities and excuses for furthering one’s own agenda may fool some who don’t think it through, but it certainly doesn’t fool God, and he’s the one who gives us breath.1

God is interested in people, not religious pretexts.

– fritz

1 – Acts 17:25

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