DayBreaks for 3/16/18 – My Father’s World

 

DayBreaks for 3/16/18: My Father’s World

From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:

“This is my Father’s world, and too my listen ears, all nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres.  This is my Father’s world, I rest me in the thought, of rocks and trees of skies and seas, His hand the wonders wrought.” 

I’ve always loved that song.  I remember on the morning after my father died and I was waiting for the train that was bringing our oldest son home from Seattle, that as I wandered around the train station and the marshland nearby (there was a walking trail through it), I sang this song inside my head.  It felt strange to sing it, for my father was no longer in this world and I felt that loss very keenly. 

As I sang it to myself, over and over, I knew and understood that as much as I would miss my dad and his being in “my world”, that I was not Fatherless.  This was still my Father’s world, and even as He’d given that gift to my dad, He’d also given that same world to me – to all of us. 

This song should be a daily part of our worship, I think.  I don’t know about you, but I find it all too easy to get down on the world – to just see the ugliness of it, the greed and rape and killing and abuse.  Let us not forget, however, that it is God’s world – made with the words of His mouth.  It is not the world that is bad, it is men and women.  If nothing else, singing this song should fill us anew with the wonder of God’s creative power, and we need to remember that this is His world – it is not a wasted effort by God that He hates and which He will someday throw out in the trash.  No, I rather think God loves His creation and if I read this verse correctly, He’s at work redeeming it, not planning to trash it: Colossians 1:19-20 (NASB) – For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Did you catch that?  He’s working to reconcile ALL THINGS to Himself – whether things on earth or things in heaven.  And this: Romans 8:22-23 (NIV) – We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  The creation groans…it awaits its own redemption, just as we await the fullness of our deliverance.

I hope to remember to sing this song to myself much more often in the future.  It matters how I see the world.  If I see it as something horrendous that must be avoided at all costs, from which I must distance myself, I’ll not have God’s own heart for the creation and people that He declared good and that “He so loved”.  Just as some people refuse to watch the news because it’s just too ugly and painful (as a result they become out of touch with life lived on this sphere), we’re tempted as believers who are so repulsed by the evil we see and sense all around us to just shut it off.  We can’t – we mustn’t – if we are to be followers of the Rabbi.

PRAYER: Lord, have mercy on our souls.  Fill us with the wonder of your world, with love for its people, with hope for its future, with praise for your greatness and confidence in your work to redeem all things to yourself.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 3/29/17 – How We View the World

DayBreaks for 3/29/17: How We View the World

What is your general attitude toward the world you live in, towards life?  Do you generally see life as a trudge through the mud, or as an exciting and fulfilling adventure?  I know that there are days when we are overwhelmed one way or another, but as a general rule, how do you see the world and your life in it? 

You might not think that how you generally feel about the world is all that important.  After all, who does it affect but you, right?  Wrong.  I think that the way Christians (and others) feel about the world around us and our role in it makes a huge difference.  I was recently re-reading Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, and he described one event that occurred one dark, cold night in the Auschwitz concentration camp.  Frankl wrote: I shall never forget how I was roused one night by the groans of a fellow prisoner, who threw himself about in his sleep, obviously having a horrible nightmare.  Since I had always been especially sorry for people who suffered from fearful dreams or deliria, I wanted to wake the poor man.  Suddenly I drew back the hand which was ready to shake him, frightened at the thing I was about to do.  At that moment I became intensely conscious of the fact that no dream, no matter how horrible, could be as bad as the reality of the camp which surrounded us, and to which I was about to recall him.

I dare say that none of us have ever been in a situation as horrifying as Frankl.  He found himself in a horrible dilemma: do I compassionately awaken the man who was having such frightening nightmares, or would the reality of the world of the prison camp be even worse than the imagined world taking place in the mind of the dreamer?  What would I have done?  I don’t honestly know.  But I know this: my world is nowhere as terrifying as a concentration camp.  My life and world is really, all things considered, very pleasant and tolerable.  Even beautiful. 

But here’s my point for today: if I view my world as being a horrible thing, chances are that I won’t do anything to “wake people up” who may be sleeping their way through life.  But if I can learn to see the beauty of the life that God has given me, the beauty of God through His creation, I will be more likely to do what I can to help people who are sleeping to wake up and see the beauty of the life lived with the Lord.

The Presence of the Lord can turn the desert into a well-watered land.  Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.

PRAYER: Father, help us to see the truth about our lives.  We have hard times, but help us not to turn them into high drama that isn’t warranted.  May we see and experience the beauty of life lived in fellowship with You, and may we have the wisdom and courage to awaken the sleeper and help them see the glory of the Lord!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 10/08/15 – Give Me Back My Songs

DayBreaks for 10/08/05: Give Me Back My Songs  

The French have a story about a millionaire in his palace who spent his days counting his gold. Beside the palace was a poor cobbler who spent his days singing as he repaired people’s shoes. The joyful singing irritated the rich man. One day he decided to give some gold coins to the cobbler. At first the cobbler was overjoyed, and he took the coins and hid them. But then he would be worried and go back to check if the coins were still there. Then he would be worried in case someone had seen him, and he would move the coins and hide them in another place. During all this, he ceased to sing. Then one day he realized that he had ceased to sing because of the gold coins. He took them back to the rich man and said, “Take back your coins and give me back my songs.”

The man in the story discovered that the shiny, valuable coins didn’t deliver on their initial “promise.” There is an old saying that “All that glitters is gold.” I don’t know who came up with that saying, or what they were thinking, but nothing could be further from the truth. I have started to believe that that which glitters is not gold. In fact, I think glitter is one of Satan’s greatest weapons against us in the first world.

It is the allure of glitter, whether it is bars of gold, silver, platinum or other precious metal, or the glitter of fame and the spotlight that goes along with it, or the glitter of a fancy title underneath your name on a business card that draws us away from the things which have real, lasting value.

Scripture tells us that there was nothing about Jesus that would have made him attractive to us in terms that the world would applaud: Isaiah 53:2 (MSG) – The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look.

Where Jesus glittered and shone, and where we should seek to shine, is in the beauty of character and spirit. 1 John 2:15 (MSG) – Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.

All that glitters is not gold. Don’t let the world’s glitter distract you from love for the Father. If it has stolen your songs, ask God to give them back to you and let go of “the world’s goods!”

PRAYER: God, I know I am easily drawn to glittery things! Let me be drawn to You in love, for You are the far greater treasure! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 7/31/14 – Life in Two Worlds

DayBreaks for 7/31/14 – Life in Two Worlds

Galen is traveling through 8/5/14…new DayBreaks will resume after he returns. 

From the DayBreaks archive, 7/30/2004:

If you could take someone from the middle ages in Europe and bring them into the modern world, or take a modern human and plop them into the middle of medieval Europe, what kinds of differences do you think would be most noticeable?  Surely the speed of life would be different, the hardships different in nature, travel would be different, communication would be radically different (no TV/internet, etc.).  Philip Yancey, in Rumors of Another World, posed this question and came up with a fascinating insight from which we can learn much:  “A peasant in medieval Europe oriented life around two worlds.  Although the world around him contained much hardship – poverty, disease, crime, near-constant warfare – he took solace in the images of another world portrayed in his place of worship.  The scenes painted in the Sistine Chapel, or on the walls of his village church, he accepted as literal truth.  He understood life on this physical planet as one small slice of eternity and sought to make connection with the spiritual world he could not see.  He believed that God has revealed how we ought to live, and will one day hold us accountable.

“In contrast, the average citizen of modern Europe perceives only one world, the here and now.  She assumes that rational people make society’s rules based on a common good…at the moment of physical death, existence ends, and there is no God to hold us accountable.

“Which view of the world, the medieval or the modern, more closely resembles that articulated by Jesus?  “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” – if Jesus was in fact visiting this planet from another dimension, he could not have asked a more penetrating question.  Apparently, to him, a connection with the spiritual world had more value than all the material goods put together…Jesus bluntly rejected a one-world outlook on life.”

What world do you think of the most?  What world do you truly value?

We may feel lucky to live in the modern world for a variety of reasons: better medicine and longer lives, being able to communicate with loved ones who live far away, less hard physical labor, etc., but I’m not sure we’ve got the better end of the deal.  While we may be grateful that we didn’t live in medieval times, I tend to think that what the modern world has lost, the sense of wonder and amazement and solid belief in another world where a God awaits to hold us accountable, is far more valuable than all the modern conveniences and medicines combined.  May we weep for what we’ve lost.  God does.

Psalm 96:10 (NLT) – Tell all the nations that the Lord is king.  The world is firmly established and cannot be shaken.  He will judge all people fairly.

PRAYER: Father, correct our thinking and beliefs and make them in harmony with Yours!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 1/09/14 – Drawing Circles

DayBreaks for 01/09/14 – Drawing Circles

John 3:16 (NLT) For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

A Lutheran minister by the name of Roy Lloyd once interviewed Mother Teresa. He said that one of his questions and one of her answers stands out in his mind as “a bright sun burning in my mind.” He asked her, “What’s the biggest problem in the world today?”

Now, before we get to her answer, stop right here and think about how YOU would answer that question. What would your reply be? Would it be greed? Injustice? Terrorism? Moral decline? Prejudice? Too much tolerance? Not enough tolerance? Relativism? Post-modernism? A wrong worldview? Drugs? Violence? Oppression? Humanism?

To be sure, with all that we see and hear about that goes on around the world each day, there are hundreds of possible answers – and those answers may change from day-to-day given that day’s news.

This is what makes Mother Theresa’s answer so startling, so jolting. When asked that question, her response, without hesitation, was this: “The biggest problem in the world today is that we draw the circle of our family too small. We need to draw it larger every day.”

Do you see what she’s saying? She is saying that the problem is not so much with the world as it is with us. We need to see more people as our neighbor than we are currently do. We need to love the world as we love our dearest family. I suspect very few can honestly say that this is a kind of love which they have mastered, or even attempted. We spend most of our time drawing circles that are restrictive, not expansive. The circles we draw are more like fences to keep others out. Fences are hard to move once they are constructed. We need to not draw circles of exclusion, but of inclusion.

In a way, with Jesus’ baptism, he was doing this: in his baptism he included us in his righteousness, identified with us in our humanity and our need to be cleansed, and our need to be made pure. Through this act, and through his live and love, he was drawing the circle of god’s family larger and he now invites us to do the same.

PRAYER: It is so easy for us, Lord, to blame the world for all that is wrong when the problem lies within us for having failed to love others enough to draw them into your family. Fill our hearts with the love You have for the world. Create in us the same desire you have to see all people from every nation, tribe and tongue, come into your family! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/14/13 – Things That Make Dying Hard

DayBreaks for 10/14/13 – Things that Make Dying Hard

1 John 2:15 (NLT)  Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

Charles Spurgeon was a famed Christian preacher.  At one point during his life, he was taken on a tour of a man’s home – a very, very wealthy man.  The man lived in a mansion that put nearly every other mansion to shame.  The house was filled with original works of art from the great European painters and sculptors, magnificent tapestries and other objects d’art.  At the conclusion of the tour, the man turned to Spurgeon and asked him, “Well, what do you think?”  Spurgeon’s reply was: “These are the things that make dying hard.”

It is easy – so very easy – to fall in love with the things of this world.  We are advised to not lay up treasures on earth but in heaven….we are also told that where our treasure is, our hearts will follow. 

As I thought about this today, I thought about Spurgeon’s comment and these passages and how we look at death.  We look at death as leaving things behind – people, possessions and the like.  We think of it as a parting, a leaving of things – and I suppose it is.  But maybe we should think of dying more as going to something of far greater worth than anything we leave behind.

Why do possessions make dying hard?  Because we love them so much.  Because as 1 John 2:15 says, if we love the world and what it offers us, there’s not going to be room nor inclination in our hearts to love the Father.  And if we miss Him, we will have missed the greatest and only real treasure in existence.  We can’t (not my words, but Jesus’ words!) serve two masters.  We will love this world and what’s in it, or we will love God. 

Which will it be?

PRAYER: Father, we need You to cleanse our heart from loving this world and what it offers us!  We have fallen in love with too many things and not left room for You.  Help us live up to the greatest commandment and die to things in this world in order to gain that which can never be taken from us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/28/13 – Sent by Jesus

DayBreaks for 01/28/13 – Sent by Jesus, #1

4505414750_5c7e0bd9b3John 17:14-18 (NLT) – I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.  16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.  17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.

What a treat worship was Sunday!  We needed to pick up something from some friends, so we went to their church over on the peninsula.  The church was Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and the worship music was wonderful and glorifying to God.  John Ortberg is the senior pastor there and he was preaching on Jesus and His Movement.  John has long been one of my favorite writers and Christian speakers…he is brilliant, funny, very humble…and a committed man of God.  His message today, as it has been every time I’ve heard him, was challenging, thought-provoking and I could have sat for hours to hear more.

He spoke on John 17:14-18, part of the great High Priestly prayer of Jesus for his disciples.  He started by looking at verse 18 and built from there: Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 

What was the world?  Well, the word is used different ways in Scripture.  He isn’t talking about the physical planet, but the world of darkness, the world where God is defied.  God sent Jesus into that world – a cold, hostile, dark, cruel and God-defying place.  We know that and understand it from John 3:16, too: in spite of the characteristics of the world that I mentioned, God still loves that world – and sent His Son into it.

But here’s the kicker: just as God sent Jesus into that cold, dark, forbidding place – JESUS SENDS US INTO THE SAME WORLD.  He doesn’t keep us from that place.  He doesn’t expect or want us to silo ourselves up in cloisters and cathedrals surrounded by believers where we are relatively safe and secure.  He sends us into the world where God is defied.  THAT’s where he wants us to go.

Jesus sends us into that world without illusions – at least without illusions on His part.  He knows what that world will be like because He was sent to it first…and see what it did to Him!  But if we are to walk in His footsteps, if we are to go where He sends us…we MUST go to that world whether we relish the idea or not.

I think we’d all rather stay in warm, fuzzy Christian circles.  We are afraid of “contamination” somehow if we go to the world.  We are afraid someone will see us and judge us for hanging around with “them”.  It’s a lot more predictable inside the walls of the chapel.  It’s safer.  But it is most definitely NOT where Jesus sends us.  Oh, and by the way, did you know that “Be in the world, but not of the world” is not found in Scripture?

More on this during the week…

PRAYER: Jesus, I’m sorry for seeking the “safe” way for so long and for not being in the world to which you have sent me!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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