[CF Devotionals] 2018-10-10 - New Lampshade

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Have you ever set out to find something, and it seemed to take an extraordinarily long time to locate? For me, it was a wooden floor lamp in need of a new lampshade. The one in need of replacement had some cracks in its ruffled edges, and its overall shape reminded me of a sunhat my Mom used to wear when she was out back, working in her garden. Making purposeful attempts in locating a new shade took so long that one small crack became three, and the inside of the shade had a couple of spots somewhat melted by bulbs being to close to its surface. It was only when I was not looking at all, that I found one while out doing a bit of shopping with my son. I brought it home, hoping it would be a good fit, and thought the burlap look would accent the walnut wood floor lamp. It was perfect. I began pondering the history behind this electric beacon. I looked at some photo albums, and was reminded of its original residence at my aunt's and uncle’s house in Penn Hills, PA. Next, it moved into my parent’s house - also in Penn Hills - until we then moved to North Carolina, and to the family room it went. After that, we moved to Virginia, and I got to use it in my bedroom. Later, when I married, it was back into a living room lamp, just as it is now. It’s now it the sixth home in over fifty years, and was just fitted with its third new lampshade. It has a new look, yet somehow has retained its original integrity.

When changes occur in our lives, what helps us retain our integrity? In this case of a life based on faith, the answer is God’s promise carried out through his Son Jesus. And the Father is the source of everlasting life, as the Son demonstrates in word and action. Jesus was an infant source of hope, and a proof of prophetic truth in the word. Jesus was a young man who was found by his parents in the temple courts, listening and learning among adult teachers of the word. Jesus was a man who practiced carpentry, and then later followed God’s leading to gather his apostles, to teach them and the masses. The last act was taking the blame for our mistakes, so we could still have the choice of everlasting life. In each stage of Jesus’ walk, he retained the original integrity of the Father who sent him to be about his business, showing the world how they could get back to their creator. A beautiful lamp in a world of darkness. My journey to finding that light started thirty-five years ago. Although there have been many changes, some of which were quite difficult, my hope is that when I am reunited with the Father, that he concludes I have upheld the dignity of his plan, to the best of my ability. The rest is up to Him.

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:4-7)

"After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.” (Luke 2:46-47)

“Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.” (Mark 6:3)

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” (Mark 3:13-19)

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 NIV)

“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables …”(Matthew 13:1-3 NIV)

“The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables. (Matthew 13:10-13 NIV)

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

Deborah Durrett

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