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Why has the church brought Joy & Pain, Blessing & Struggle? What is the church Suppose to be? What is its Purpose?
The ancient Celtic Christians believed that there are times and places when heaven and earth come extremely close together. These places are known as the “thin places” by these Celtic Christians. These thin places are where the presence of God is felt more readily. They are a reminder that there is more around us than what we see. There is a realm beyond this earth which influences what happens upon this earth.
In my life, I have experienced moments in some of these “thin places”. When our son, Davidson, was born, I felt God’s presence in a powerful way. As he was born, it felt like a holy moment. A moment when God’s goodness was showered upon Misty and me in a way that I had never experienced before. Tears of joy filled my eyes as I held my son for the first time. Thin places can be filled with great joy and beauty.
I also experienced a thin place moment almost seven years ago, when my father passed away. He had courageously battled cancer for the past year and had grown tired and weary. On that Saturday afternoon, as Dad departed this life for his eternal life, I felt God’s presence in that bedroom. As my family gathered around his bedside, God’s peace prevailed in the midst of our grief and sorrow. We were comforted as we had never been comforted before. The space between heaven and earth grew thin as we shared my father’s final moments.
Thin places can also exist in the midst of the beauty of God’s creation. I have experienced a thin place as I gazed at the beauty of the Smoky Mountains during a visit to Gatlinburg. I’ve experienced a thin place while crossing the bridge over the bayous of southern Louisiana. I’ve also experienced a thin place while soaking in the beauty of a sunset over the rolling hills that surround our community. There are moments when heaven and earth come close together as God is glorified by His creation.
As you reflect upon your life, are you able to see thin places in the days God has given you? Where have you seen heaven and earth come together to reveal God’s goodness? Where have you experienced incredible comfort and peace and the overwhelming presence of God? Where have you seen nature declare His glory and wonder? Where have you felt God’s power, holiness and love?
I think God for the thin places I have experienced and I long to experience more of them. They are foretastes of the eternity that waits for His children where all will be filled with unspeakable, love, glory and peace. Until then, I will savor them, look for them and enjoy the blessing of the thin places.
For new mothers with new responsibilities; For expectant mothers, wondering and waiting; For those who are tired, stressed or depressed; For those who balance the tasks of work and family; For those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities; For those who raise children on their own; For those who struggle to feed their children due to poverty; For those who selflessly place their child for adoption; For those who adopt a child into their family; For those who have lost a child; For those who care for the children of others; For those whose children have left home; For those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender, and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good.
The 30 Day Challenge to Pray More
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving present your Requests to God Phil 4:6 (NIV)
Fairlane Family Prayer Challenge
5/13 Pray for the spiritual growth of the Fairlane family
5/14 Pray for the numerical growth of the Fairlane family
5/15 Pray for Henry & Anna Wihoite
5/16 Pray for Ricky & Helen Blanton
5/17 Pray for Jerry & Marie Smith
5/18 Pray for David & Angie Parker
5/19 Pray for Jeff & Elizabeth Floyd
5/20 Pray for Lance & Misty Bennett
5/21 Pray for Charlie & Cindy Pope
5/22 Pray for the Fairlane deacons and their wives
5/23 Pray for Fairlane’s Children’s Ministry
5/24 Pray for Fairlane’s Teen Ministry
5/25 Pray for the Hispanic Ministry at Fairlane
5/26 Pray for the City of Children Mission Trip
5/27 Pray for Fairlane members who are sick and shut-in
5/28 Pray for the Bear Buddies Ministry
5/29 Pray for our upcoming VBS
5/30 Pray for President Donald Trump
5/31 Pray for Senator Lamar Alexander
6/01 Pray for Senator Bob Corker
6/02 Pray for Governor Bill Haslam
6/03 Pray for our State Representative Pat Marsh
6/04 Pray for our local government leaders
6/05 Pray for the inmates in our local jails
6/06 Pray for the residents of our local nursing homes
6/07 Pray for the spiritual growth of your family
6/08 Pray for someone you know who needs a relationship with Christ
6/09 Pray for a neighbor or co-worker
6/10 Pray for someone with whom you have a difficult or estranged relationship
6/11 Pray for ____________________________ (personal prayer request)
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