Saturday, March 14, 2015

A FAITHFUL PRIEST

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 2

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A statue of a monk reading God’s Word with a cross in his hand is on the wall of a Franciscan monastery just outside of the Zion Gate in Jerusalem. Franciscans adhere to the teachings and spiritual disciplines of Saint Francis of Assisi. The current Pope chose the name Francis in his honour.

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Key Verse: 1 Samuel 2:35

Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.

There is only one “forever” Priest, and that is Jesus! A priest represents us before God and a prophet represents God to us. Jesus did both. Mary, the mother of Jesus, gave a powerful word (read Luke 1:46-55). Hannah gave a magnificent word also from today’s reading. It’s well worth reading two or three times. We should let our spirits exalt the Lord as these women did. Start speaking whatever words come to mind. We may be surprised at what we hear ourselves saying. The rule is that what we say will be just for God and yourself. However, there are exceptions. You may receive a word that will bless others.
After the glorious experience of Hannah, it is a huge let-down to read of Hophni and Phineas. They were the next generation who were to carry on God’s work. How tragic the words of 2:12: “They did not know the Lord.” It has been said that “The Church is just one generation away from extinction.” Eli’s sons had the same opportunity as did Samuel to know the Lord, but they missed it. Jesus said, “I will build My Church.” The Church has Jesus’ guarantee of success. Some will fail. Jesus has others waiting to step up. Don’t fear for God’s cause. He is never caught by surprise. Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Thank You, Lord, for the prophetic prayers of Mary and Hannah. I pray that You would grant me a revelation of Your greatness, and give me words to express to You my heart and mind. Words which are just between You and me, Lord Jesus! ! ! ! Here goes ………………………. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I love the fact that after waiting so long for her first child (Samuel), Hannah had five more children. With my Mother, Hazel Pritchard Mainse, it was the opposite. My oldest sister, Willa, is eight years older than me, and my second sister, Elaine, is six years older than me. After Elaine was born, the wait began, according to my Dad. Our mother had several miscarriages, and then I made my appearance in 1936. There were no more children in our family. We don’t have a record of our mother praying a prophetic prayer as Hannah did, but my Dad did write a poem. If I can find it, I’ll add it in a P.S. below. My mother died when I was 12, and my most vivid memory of her is seeing her on her knees, praying for others, and particularly for her husband and her children. In order to spend a long time on her knees without tiring, she would either kneel with her back straight, or down on what we called her “hunkers.” She would sit back on her ankles. I’ve tried that but it doesn’t work for me. The straight up posture is my best and most comfortable kneeling position. My back does not tire as it does if I bend at the waist. This is probably more information than needed, but I find that as time goes by, I’m more and more comfortable writing this daily blog! I hope you don’t mind.

Yours, asking the Lord as the disciples did, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Amen!

David

P.S. Here is the poem my father wrote about me on March 29, 1944. He was serving as a missionary in Egypt. He was unable to return home to us for six years, due to restricted travel for civilians during the Second World War…

“Sonny”

Now that’s what I feel to call you,
You, whom I’ll love my whole life through.
Sonny’s a bright and cheery name,
And is ‘Daddy’ to you the same?
A good son is a precious gift,
To the father who needs a lift,
When the pathway of life seems hard,
And e’en would his foot-steps retard.
O’ that nippy hop, step and jump,
Which does not lack pep at the pump,
Puts courage and vim in us all,
And helps us rise up should we fall.
May your teen-age be bright and gay,
As you march forth to manhood’s day;
Be e’er free from evil design,
Be full of kindness to mankind.
The future with promise is bright,
To you, if you dare to do right;
‘Twill to you in life grant a place,
Where you’ll never, no ne’er lose face;
E’en among the true and renowned,
Who did fight and have won the crown,
That shall never more fade away
In that haven of endless day.
So my dear son it’s up to you,
To trust in God and ever do,
That which is good, and better still,
Follow the leadings of His will:
Yea, follow the gleam from afar,
And for His best do thou aspire!
Blest help Divine will God vouchsafe
To every stray, prodigal waif.

18 thoughts on “Saturday, March 14, 2015

  1. How very special that your father wrote that poem for you, David. He must have really loved you and longed to be with you and the rest of the family. What a great way for him to convey an important message of what he wanted you to know!

  2. Sweet time of morning, shall we connect, ever more deeply, with the heavenly Spirit. Thank You, dear Jesus, for being our living breath, hope, and strength.
    We place our trust in You and are renewed by our faith.
    As we keep forging forward, we look to the beauty of Your face.
    We are filled by the splendour of Your loving grace.
    We are filled by the splendour of Your loving grace.

    Blessings, dear saints!

  3. Thank you for sharing the beautiful poem your father wrote you as a baby, David! His words were inspiring and couldn’t have been more true! Amen!

  4. What a beautiful poem written by your father he left you a great legacy his love and the prayer of Hannah has been an inspiration to me as I read yhe old testement lives hoe they lived their lives Thamk You David for being so transparent we fully enjoy what you write keep on doing as Our Father puts on your heart ♡♥♡♥♡♥♡

  5. Our Lord has kept you alive and strong to a senior age. This is truly a family blessing in today’s reading. Thank you for sharing your fathers thoughtful and heartfelt poem written to you. Our Fathers strength and blessings to all!

  6. What a disgrace Eli’s sons were to him and God. Was Eli too easy on those boys?
    Love the poem your dad wrote about you Rev. M. What an honour!

    Israel needs prayer for its elections. Read an interesting write up about this event by Jonathan Bernis of the Jewish Voice:
    “Netanyahu has suggested throughout the run-up to the March 17th election that groups such as V15, an organization advertising to remove Netanyahu from power, are being funded by millions of dollars pouring in from abroad.

    As we pointed out in this report several weeks ago, an entire election strategy team formerly affiliated with the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama has been dispatched to Israel to help V15 unseat Netanyahu. This effort has tapped heavily into the fundraising network that helped Mr. Obama get elected two times.”
    It makes sense to me now why Mr. Obama wouldn’t meet with Mr. Netanyahu when he came to Washington.

    Watched the interview of your guest, Christine Caine. What an amazing story and woman. Through such pain and adversity she comes out a Christian. So often we see people such as Christine who have truly suffered in life, come out the other side as God’s favoured. Love her ultimate story.
    Blessings.

    • ouch! the words “a disgrace” those kind of words keep people away from the church! I would like to think that NO ONE would even utter those words because of our own sins that we commit! God is grieved sometimes but He is never disgraced by us. The prodigal son, his father was not disgraced, instead he threw a party for his wayward son….

      I can’t imagine what would have happened if Jesus had said to the woman who had many husbands, “Your a disgrace!”
      It makes me shutter that people would even think about that word. I am sorry, it has affected me greatly. No one is a disgrace to God! No One!

      we need to pray for Israel daily and we need to pray for God fearing leaders in North America, USA and Canada…!

  7. What a wonderful poem your father wrote for you David and you have lived up to it all. Thank you Beverlee for setting me straight about Steve Green and for your song this morning.

    • I just googled the song and the name came up with it, Ger. Glad I could post it for you and everyone else to hear. Watched The Gaither Hour and Time to Sing last night! God’s continued blessings and love to you, today, dear sister-in-Christ!

  8. Thank you David for sharing that poem. It’s like paving the road before you with blessings. You would have made your dad proud.
    ( a praise and thank God kind of proud )

  9. That poem from your father of his love for you…how meaningful…and a blessing to you Rev. David. How precious that you have kept it all these years!!!
    The Joy and exaltation of the Mary and Hannah reveals their hearts as they glorify and praise Our Lord and Saviour, for His faithfulness and blessings to them.
    What a privilege we have and Joy it is to lift our voices to Our Lord in Praise and adoration to Him. To give Him all the Glory for all He has done!!! What a great way to start the day!!!

  10. Thank you David for your faithfulness to the Lord. I have followed you daily since the beginning of your blog about 3 years ago. I also thank you for your courage and faithfulness when you first started 100 Huntley. What an adventure and blessing it has been to millions. Thank you for being so open and transparent for others to follow. Your compassion and love for God and others has always been a great example of Christ’s love for us. Thank you for sharing the poem from your Dad. What a very personal blessing it must have been for you many times in your life and now you share it with us so we all get blessed just by reading it. Now I must be over 100 words!! Blessings on you, your wife and your exceptional family.

  11. Dear David
    100 Huntley St. What a legacy!
    Please be on the show more often
    We want to see you healthy and full of God’s grace

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