Daily Light #57 ~ The Good Shepherd (1)

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep, John 10:1-11

“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.  I am the good shepherd.”

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Bible Hub

Daily Light #49 ~ To Whom Would We Go??

JESUS:  “The Spirit alone gives eternal life.  Human effort accomplishes nothing.  And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.  But some of you do not believe me.”  (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.)  Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”

At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.  Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go?  You have the words that give eternal life.  We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”  John 6:63-69, New Living Translation

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

A-to-Z 2020 Reflections

“Miraculous” and “beautiful” are words which come to mind as I reflect on completing the 2020 A-to-Z Challenge.  I’m happy to have plunged in with enthusiastic commitment to write for my theme, Christian Faith (my personal experience), and successfully finish with “zeal”.

There were days when fatigue and stress were a heavy cape; yet every time I opened my Bible and selected a word, verse, or historical figure to ponder, I was refreshed with new energy and inspiration.  It’s easy to write about one’s passion, and I enjoyed sharing my faith through multiple poetry forms, as well as the heart-shaped tagxedo.com images.

I don’t blog to collect stats; neither do I call myself an evangelist.  My mission was/is to share hope and encouragement from a Christian Faith perspective.  

It’s a privilege to write about the triune God—He’s my joy and strength, my hope and eternal future, my choice lot and purpose here on Earth.  His unconditional, unfailing love fills the cracks in my flawed heart and soul.  I’m not concerned whether people think I’m crazy/fanatical when I say He’s my “writing partner”.

My goal, and reward, are to please Him…the “Mission Accomplished” award is pretty cool too🙂

I’m thankful for my loyal readers’ support…your comments add sparkle to my “CC” days.  Our interaction together is deeply meaningful, especially during this pandemic season.

So, maybe we’ll do it again next year🙂  May God’s blessings rain, from A to Z, upon you

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Daily Light #39 ~ Greater Things

JESUS: “‘You will see greater things than this.’  Then he said, ‘I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.'” John 1:50-51 New Living Translation

“Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands.  They will perish, but you remain forever…you are always the same; you will live forever.  The children of your people will live in security.  Their children’s children will thrive in your presence.” Psalm 102:25-28, NLT