Monday, August 16, 2021


Today’s Reading: Job 9-10

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The Wedding Church in Cana of Galilee is where Jesus began His public ministry, turning water into wine. This was the home Church of my son-in-law, Nizar Shaheen. He served as an altar boy here. Ellen and Nizar were married in a basketball court right in front of the nearby Baptist Church on May 21, 1983. None of the churches would hold the crowd of about 2,500 people. In today’s reading Job mentions snow water. I prayed on live TV from here that God would warm hearts which were like cold water turning the water into the warmth of the wine of His presence.

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Key Verses: Job 9:32-33

For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.

Oh, the great advantage we have compared to Job and his friends. Being fully God and fully human, Jesus became our Mediator. A mediator brings two parties together. The word “mediator” occurs seven times in the Bible…once in Job and six times in Galatians, Hebrews, and 1st Timothy 2:5, “There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

A New Testament reading for today could be John 9:1-7. Bildad and Zophar believed that Job’s suffering was because of Job’s sin. Not so! Jesus said that the blindness of the man who was born blind was not the result of sin, but “that the works of God should be revealed in him.” This sounds very much like the reason for Job’s suffering.

When we are hurting, run quickly to the cross and, through Jesus death and resurrection, into the arms of our Father. The wine of His presence will warm and comfort you.


Father God, thank You for Jesus, the only One that at the same moment touches both You, Father God, and me. Please grant me the understanding I need so that I will not allow time to pass without acknowledging Your healing and comforting presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!


When my great granddaughter, Autumn Neilson, was about three years old, she rushed to me the moment I arrived at her front door. She pointed to her second toe on her right foot and told me that she had an owie. I bent over, kissed her toe, and prayed that her precious toe would be all better. Immediately she broke into a smile. Then she took me to the place where she stubbed her toe. Of course, I was most sympathetic. This special treatment I’ve been receiving from Autumn has been going on ever since. She’s been jumping up beside me at every opportunity and giving me cuddles. The reason may stem back to when our great-grandchild, Jadice Patterson, first visited from Oklahoma City at six months old. Jadice was the focus of everyone’s attention. I noticed Autumn’s long face, picked her up, and concentrated only on her for at least 15 minutes. It’s a beautiful thing to know that our Heavenly Father can give 100% attention to all His children at the same time. That comes with the fact that He is God and “God is love” (1 John 4:8b).

Yours for learning to run into the Father’s loving arms without delay,


P.S. My son in law, Bruce Stacey, has written and recorded songs for his children and grandchildren. Click the “play” arrow below for Bruce’s song about his granddaughter Autumn Lillian Neilson, called “When Autumn Smiles” (after you hit play, give it a minute to load).

Autumn Neilson







4 thoughts on “Monday, August 16, 2021

  1. I prayed David’s Prayer for today.
    Also praying for everyone mentioned on the blog
    that our Lord Jesus Christ would be with them all
    through their trials and suffering, in His Holy Name, Amen.

    What a beautiful smile Autumn Neilson has!
    Just a ray of sunshine for us all.

  2. G’day to all bloggers,The heat wave has ended on the east coast,praise God. What a beautiful little face to end today’s blog.
    ..I have no allusions to being even close to a great writer With me it has always been getting….sharing a message in a simple of terms as possible (efficiency).
    ..I wrote (typed) this for Grieving Mothers to get that same message across as in today’s prayer.It took a long search to find a picture (of a painting) to compliment it.The picture shows a hand reaching down through a cloud holding Jesus’ hand and another reaching up to grasp his ‘other hand’.The last stanza gives the entire message.God bless
    …….His Other Hand

    Do not linger in your sorrow,
    For your grief just brings fear,
    I want for you a happy tomorrow,
    So you can share joy and cheer.

    Keep always looking to the sky,
    For in it’s beauty truth is found
    And like me,truth does not die,
    While in truth can love expound.

    Take hold of His outstretched hand,
    Keep Him as close as I would be,
    For what you fail to understand,
    Is His other hand is holding me.
    G W (Bill) Marshall / Dec 3,2012

  3. Very nice & thoughtful post, William. Losing a child is very, very, difficult to overcome and carry on. I see a picture, a possession of that child & memories bring pain. Knowing that child is with God is so healing and full of hope, knowing that we will meet again. . Blessings all. “God is Able to Carry Me Through”!!

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