DayBreaks for 3/5/19 – Ready Every Day

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DayBreaks for 3/05/19: Ready Every Day

From the DayBreaks archive February 2009:

Robby Robins was an Air Force pilot during the first Iraq war. After his 300th mission, he was surprised to be given permission to immediately pull his crew together and fly his plane home. They flew across the ocean to Massachusetts and then had a long drive to western Pennsylvania. They drove all night, and when his buddies dropped him off at his driveway just after sun-up, there was a big banner across the garage—”Welcome Home Dad!”

How did they know? No one had called, and the crew themselves hadn’t expected to leave so quickly. Robins relates, “When I walked into the house, the kids, about half dressed for school, screamed, ‘Daddy!’ Susan came running down the hall—she looked terrific—hair fixed, make-up on, and a crisp yellow dress. ‘How did you know?’ I asked.

‘I didn’t,’ she answered through tears of joy. ‘Once we knew the war was over, we knew you’d be home one of these days. We knew you’d try to surprise us, so we were ready every day.'”

In Matthew 25 is the parable of the wise and foolish virgins who were invited to the wedding feast.  The wise virgins had enough oil to keep their lamps burning and were ready and waiting when the bridegroom showed up at the feast.  The foolish virgins had not exercised the foresight to prepare themselves so they were not ready when the bridegroom arrived. 

We need to be ready every day for a variety of things:

FIRST: we need to be ready for the arrival of the bridegroom.  It could be today that Jesus gets the word from the Father: “It’s time.  Go back and bring My children home!”  If that day is today, there is absolutely nothing that will stop it from taking place.  No one knows the day, except the Father.  Hence the need to always be ready!

SECOND: we need to be ready to die.  Jesus may or may not come today…and we may or may not live to see tomorrow.  It sounds trite to say it, but it is true.  Just recently in our town, a 19 year old boy from a nearby town came here for the yearly Citrus Fair.  He was hit by a car and killed.  I know he wasn’t expecting it, I can only hope and pray that he was ready.

THIRD: there are opportunities that only come up once in a while and we need to be ready to grasp the opportunities to show the love of Jesus each day even as he demonstrates his love to us daily.  Make it a point, right now, to love someone today in a practical way.  You might not have the chance again tomorrow.

Prayer: Help us to be watchful, Lord, and ready, for Your return, for our own death, and for the chances that come our way to love others in Your name!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>


DayBreaks for 12/9/16 – Make Way

DayBreaks for 12/09/16: Make Way

Can you imagine complete silence? It’s hard to in our culture today, isn’t it? We have televisions, radios, cell phones, etc. that are constantly blaring at us, demanding our attention. It used to be that we might listen to an album on a cassette tape or CD, but now you can stream music endlessly with a break! It’s hard to imagine complete silence for even a minute, let alone an hour. But try 400 years?!?!?! 

When John showed up on the scene, a silence of 400 years is broken. Don’t misunderstand me, not everyone was silent during this period. Women and men were talking, boys and girls were talking, animals were making their sounds, but for 400 years there was no prophet speaking the Word of the LORD. No one was truthfully saying, Thus says the LORD…

In reality two silences are broken when John began to preach and Jesus came to him at the Jordan to be baptized. One was the 400 year period without a prophetic Word from God and the other was a gap of approximately 30 years in the life of Jesus. Matthew skips directly from his birth and infancy narrative to an event that occurs approximately 30 years later. Both of those silences, however, were broken by the sound of John’s voice.

John the Baptist could rightly be called the last of the Old Testament Prophets. He is functioning as a Herald by announcing the coming of the King. In the ancient world, a herald was one who went ahead of a king’s chariot to prepare the road. He would command a crew which would smooth out the usually rough roads of that day by filling potholes and removing boulders. The herald would also go before the king shouting, “Make way, the King is coming!”

We now have less than 3 weeks until Christmas. What are the potholes and empty places in your life that need to be filled this year? What boulders are blocking your progress toward God that need to be shoved to the side? Are you ready to dig in and prepare the way for your King to come?

PRAYER: Lord, preparation is not fun – it is hard work. Often we think that we can just let the joy of the season come to us and we forget that the real challenge before us isn’t to be filled with joy per se, but to be ready for your arrival at each moment of each day in our hearts. Help us to fill the potholes and move the boulders out of the way so you can come into our lives and hearts more fully this year. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple.  All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 11/23/16 – The Necessary Arrangements

DayBreaks for 11/23/16: The Necessary Arrangements

There is an Italian legend about a master and servant.

It seems the servant was not very smart and the master used to get very exasperated with him. Finally, one day, in a fit of temper, the master said: “You really are the stupidest man I know. Here, I want you to carry this staff wherever you go. And if you ever meet a person stupider than yourself, give them this staff.”

So time went by, and often in the marketplace the servant would encounter some pretty stupid people, but he never found someone appropriate for the staff. Years later, he returned to his master’s home. He was shown into his master’s bedroom, for the man was quite sick and in bed. In the course of their conversation the master said: “I’m going on a journey soon.”

“When will you return?”, asked the servant.

“This is a journey from which I will not return.” the master replied.

The servant asked: “Have you made all the necessary arrangements?”

“No, I guess I have not.”

“Well, could you have made all the arrangements?”

“Oh yes, I guess I’ve had time. I’ve had all my life. But I’ve been busy with other things…”

With that, the servant took the staff the master had given him years earlier and placed it beside the bed of the master. “Sir, he said, I have finally found someone more deserving of this staff than I.”

The moral of the story is quite obvious, isn’t it? But what isn’t so obvious to us is the extent to which we are like the master in this story. Perhaps for years you have made fun of those who clung to faith, thinking that they were stupid, foolish, superstitious and ignorant. The other thing which isn’t so obvious to us is how entrapped we have become in the pursuit of other things, those things which kept our hearts and minds from the ultimate question that we will face on our death bed. How tragic it would be to find ourselves in that position and not have made “the arrangements” necessary for the trip into eternity.

How are your preparations coming?

PRAYER: Lord, our enemy tries to keep us blinded and oblivious to the ultimate realities in life. He tries to keep us too busy to think about such things. Wake us up, Jesus, so that we and our loved ones can make the necessary arrangements so that when we are on our deathbed, we will have the confidence that comes from a relationship with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple.  All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 6/29/16 – The Birthday Boy Ponders Life

DayBreaks for 6/29/16 – The Birthday Boy Ponders Life

Galen is on vacation. From the DayBreaks archive, June 2006:

Sixty-four years ago today, I emerged into a world that was locked in a Cold War, the Yankees were the dominant force in professional sports, and my parents welcomed me into their growing family (I’m really not sure how my sister felt about me at that exact moment, though.)  They took me home to the little farm house in Greene County, Iowa, that I would know as home for the first 9-10 years of my life.  I didn’t think much about life when I was young.  After all, why should I?  It stretched out like I-80 through Nevada – as far as one could see – with no end in sight, not even a bend in the road. 

But life isn’t really like that, is it?  There are things that make us focus a bit more on life itself as we get older.  A classmate in your senior year who has their life snuffed out one Saturday night by a drunk driver.  A friend whose car is struck crossing a railroad track – with near fatal results.  A move from one state to another with the broken hearts of all involved for friends left behind.  The simple reality is that life is full of nothing but bendy roads, and the road has a very definite end – we just can’t see it very often.

As I contemplate my life today, I think that I’m beginning to see where the road may end.  At least, I know for sure that there will be a DEAD END sign in my future.  And that, is a good thing to know, isn’t it?  I don’t know when I’ll come around a corner and see that sign, but it is good to know that it will show up.  I wouldn’t have always said that, because as a typical younger person, I was too busy living life to contemplate the alternative – and I had no interest or desire to die.  I still enjoy life – I love it, in fact, but the alternative to life in this world for believers is not at all bad.  Not bad at all.  I think, however, that the key to coming to that contentment is found as “the alternative to life in this world…”.  This world just isn’t that pretty of a place anymore.  When you can begin to hear the sounds of the heavenly chorus, and you learn that you can never be good enough, wise enough, righteous enough and as a result you throw yourself totally upon His mercy and love, there is a peace that is inconceivable.  It’s not even a resigned reluctance, but more of an eager anticipation for the journey ahead.

But for today, or this moment at least, I’m here until my Father calls me home.  That means that it’s still His will for me to be here – and for you to be here, too.  He’s got something for us yet to do before we go home.  But if the story of the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins says anything to us, it should tell us that we need to keep our bags packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Matthew 25:13 (NIV) – Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. 

PRAYER:  God, with each day, help us to have our bags packed a little more fully, a little more completely, so that when You do come for us, we will not only be found ready, but eager, to go with You.  Thank You for the forgiveness that assures us of Your love.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 3/23/16 – Remain and Watch


Gethsemane, January 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple

DayBreaks for 3/23/16 – Remain and Watch

Mark 14:34 – My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death, remain here and keep watch.

Jesus, of course, spoke those words to his disciples on the night of his betrayal after he’d led them across the Kidron into the garden of Gethsemane.  He was in agony.  I don’t believe it was because of fear of death at all.  Countless men and women have gone heroically, stoically and quietly to their deaths for various causes throughout history.  Why should we believe that Jesus didn’t have the composure to face death?  Certainly, he was not afraid of death for he holds the keys to “death and hades.”  But he was deeply, deeply grieved. 

As I thought about the verse from Mark, I was again reminded of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins.  The five foolish ones had run out of oil and were gone when the bridegroom came to the wedding feast and they were shut out.  They had not kept watch faithfully until the bridegroom showed up.  Scriptures are full of admonitions to be awake, be alert, be on guard, to keep watch.  Why?  Because we have a tendency to be sleepy, to lose our focus, to get distracted by all sorts of other things of lesser value.

As I thought about Mark 14:34, I thought that he could have repeated those words as he ascended, and I also thought about what Jesus would say to us today.  As he sits enthroned at the right hand of God above the circle of the earth and as he looks down at us, I think he would repeat the same thing he said in the garden: “My soul is deeply grieved…remain here and keep watch.”  He is grieved by what he sees – the hatred, the greed, the abuse and immorality.  But he would reiterate to us our mission: “remain here and keep watch.”  We are his representatives here on this planet.  He’s left us here to continue his work and to keep watch for his interests…and for his return.  What are you watching and waiting for?  How are you spending the time he’s given you here?

TODAY’S PRAYER:  There is so much to distract us from terrorist bombings to toothaches and we are so easily distracted, Lord.  Help us to see the things you see, to care about the things you care about, to do the work that you’ve given us to do.  Help us to watch, and wait, faithfully.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple

DayBreaks for 5/15/15 – Continuing to Water the Garden

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DayBreaks for 5/15/15: Continuing to Water the Garden

From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:

I suppose it is human nature to want to know when things we look forward to (or dread) will happen.  For the person on death row, it’s called a death watch – once the dreaded date has been set and the sand runs through the hourglass.  To the expectant mother, the feeling is one of anticipation and excitement.  To the teen, it’s turning 16 and being able to drive a car.  “Anticipation,” Carly Simon sang, “is making me wait.”

The disciples naturally were curious about the timing of things Jesus spoke about.  Especially when it came to apocalyptic types of things.  They wanted to know because, well, inquiring minds want to know!  They may have figured that it might help them be better prepared if they knew.  And therein is the rub, is it not?  What does that imply?  That if they knew, they could put on a last-ditch effort at holiness and preparedness to be as sure as they could that they were ready.

Jesus would have none of it.  He dismissed their questions as foolish speculation, and said that he didn’t know the answer either.  Humanly speaking, I can see where it might be advantageous to know the exact date and time.  I can guarantee that many would try to “clean up” their act the day before.  But God’s wisdom works so much differently than ours.  Jesus tried to redirect his followers interest from the date/time of when it would happen, to the question of readiness.  God seems to say that it’s wise to NOT know – because that should encourage us to be ready at any and all times.

A Hasidic rabbi who was interrupted by one of his followers while he was tending his garden, was asked: “What would you do, rabbi, if you knew the Messiah was coming today?”  Stroking his beard and pursing his lips, the rabbi replied, “Well, I would continue to water my garden.”

God has placed each of us in the middle of a garden of souls, our own included.  Our job is to tend the garden, not worry about when the landowner will return.  Tend to your own soul and your readiness for that day.  Tend to your friends and neighbors and family’s soul.  Help them be ready. 

May we all live in such a way that if we DID know He was returning today, that’d we’d continue on as if nothing special would happen this day. 

Matt 24:3 – As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?

1 John 2:28 – And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

Copyright by 2005 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Jesus, we need you to give us the gift of discerning how we should live and not to entertain ourselves with irrelevant questions! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/27/14 – God and Lemonade Stands

DayBreaks for 10/27/14 – God and Lemonade Stands


2 Timothy 2:21 (NLT) –  If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

This was part of our Sunday worship bulletin yesterday and I thought it worth a share.  Sorry, I don’t know the author.

“On Sunday, a month or so ago, we showed a wonderful video about two little girls setting up a lemonade stand and cookie stand to raise money for charity.  What a sweet word picture ad call to be active in ministry it is!

“As I watched it, I reflected on my experiences with lemonade stands. Of course, as a kid I had one.  I assume most kids do, so you may be able to relate to preparing the lemonade, finding cups, making a sign, getting a “table” and figuring out how to make change for a dollar.  Therein lies the issue – money, dollars and bills.  You see, as I watched the video, I recalled the many times in recent years that I have driven past lemonade stands, not because I did not want to support kids making money for themselves or charity.  I drove past simply because I did not have any money with me.  Rarely do I carry cash.  I am like many people, using my debit card or credit card (paying it off at the end of the month), with no cash.

“I figured it out.  Those young entrepreneurs need to get with the times and put up a sign that says, ‘Credit and debit cards are accepted!’  They need one of those portable credit/debit card readers. If they did that, I would stop, and I might even top it up to $5 as the minimum.  Capitalism would be at work again.

“Do you know what the problem with that is?  Capitalism may be at work, but the gospel is not.  I can say all I want, ‘If they would just do x and y and z, then I would do b and d and q!’  The gospel does not work that way.  I need to be prepared when I leave home to bless those I come in contact with.  It is not their fault.  It is my lack of preparedness.  As opposed to driving by every lemonade stand for the next ten years, I can go to the bank get 20 one dollar bills out and keep them in my car.  When I see a lemonade stand, I can stop and bless those who are trying to make a difference, even if they don’t have a card reader.  It’s simple.

God has more for me, more for us here than lemonade.  There are other times in the day I say to myself, ‘If they would just do z, then I would…’  There is no need for that kind of self-talk.  I need to say, ‘How can I be prepared to bless them where they are with what they have?’  That is the language of the gospel.  The gospel is the work of Jesus Christ incarnate, blessing us where we are.  He came to earth, when we did not have a card reader. He came, and He lives a perfect life, died a brutal death and was resurrected from the dead.  This was all at no cost to us and we are called to live as His ambassadors.

“Can we ask you to recall the stand today and think about how the Lord might be asking you to give freely to those around in word, deed, service speech and even money?  Along the way, you’ll enjoy the lemonade!”

PRAYER: Lord, I am quick at times to make excuses for why I cannot help or give.  Help prepare not just my heart, but my hands to be quick to recognize and respond to opportunities to bless generously in whatever way I can.  Jesus, help us live life abundantly in You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/09/14 – There Will Be No Extension

DayBreaks for 10/09/14 – There Will Be No Extension

Acts 17:30-31 (NIV) – In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.

It is a sad truth that we humans are really, really good at procrastinating.  We put things off just as long as we can.  In fact, if we can let something drop entirely, we are prone to do so.  We put off going to the dentist or doctor.  We wait until April 15th to send in our tax payments.  We will let important things slip in favor of things we enjoy doing more.  We do so, usually, to our detriment.

There’s a story about a tough, old cowhand who casually sauntered into a saloon and began drinking whiskey by the bottle. Predictably, the more he drank, the more unruly he became, shooting holes in the ceiling and floor. Everybody was afraid to take on the old cowhand. Finally, a short, mild-mannered storekeeper walked up to the unruly cowhand and said, “I’ll give you five minutes to get out of town.” The old cowhand holstered his gun, pushed the whiskey bottle away, briskly walked out, got on his horse, and rode out of town. When he left, someone asked the storekeeper what he would have done if the unruly cowhand had refused to go. “I’d have extended the deadline,” he said.

Many Christians have that concept of God: it is as though we believe that if we miss a deadline, God will simply extend it. They do not take the judgment of God seriously. That is not only foolish, it can be deadly!

Do what you need to do today and listen to God’s warnings.

PRAYER: Don’t let us fall into thinking You will extend either the deadline for our life or Your deadline for judging the world.  Instead, let us heed Your warnings and live in wisdom!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/25/11 – Time to Get Up

DayBreaks for 10/25/11 – Time To Get Up

"In case it was God coming..."

Author Isak Dinesen confessed that she liked being awakened with really important news.  One morning Kamante, her house help, woke her with the threat, ‘Msabu, I think you had better get up – I think God is coming.’  Ms. Dinesen wrote: ‘From the door-windows I now saw a strange phenomenon.  There was a big grass-fire going on out in the hills, and the grass burning all the way from the hilltop to the plain…I stood for some time and looked at it, with Kamante watching by my side, then I began to explain the thing to him…for I thought that he had been terribly frightened.  But the explanation did not seem to make much impression… ‘Well, yes,’ he said, ‘it may be so.  But I thought you had better get up in case it was God coming.’”

It is hard to understand how someone could have seen the fire in the distance and have thought it was God coming.  But doesn’t Scripture talk about God being a consuming fire, that He will come with flaming fire taking vengeance on those that don’t know Christ?  Perhaps Kamante had heard those verses from a mission school.  It doesn’t really matter where he heard it, but the key was what he felt his employer needed to do “…IN CASE it was God coming.”

Think about it.  Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night when you heard a sound?  What if it was God coming to your front door, or down the hallway?  Just in case it was He, what would you do?

Some day God is coming again.  And while Kamante seemed to think that Ms. Dinesen might have missed His coming, not a single human being is going to miss His return.

In case God were to come to your home today, what would you need to do?  What would you want to try to put away in some dark old closet so He wouldn’t see it?  What would you do with your spare time?  How would you change your life?

Hosea 10:12 – “12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

1 Peter 4:17 – “17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

PRAYER: Lord, if this is the day that You come, help us to be ready!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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