God Lifts our Burdens

Written by Ron McCluskey

God Lifts our Burdens ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I wish you could have all been along that afternoon in southern Mexico. It was a beautiful day and there is nothing better than a good lunch and then a nature hike after church.

My wife and I were inrepparttar middle of a year of volunteer work in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. We had driven an old Chevy Nova down there, so we were able to occasionally get away. We had found some other young 'gringos' up inrepparttar 127010 mountains of Chiapas and spent most of our available weekends with them.

This time, we went with them to a church that they had helped to build. It was in a very pretty mountain valley. It seated about 300 people and was a great new addition torepparttar 127011 local ministry. While they had been there withrepparttar 127012 building project, they had found this place to hike and wanted to show it to us.

We parked atrepparttar 127013 end of a road and started off over a flat area. Beingrepparttar 127014 nosy naturalist that I am, I soon found a flat rock to turn over. Under it was a mother scorpion with a back full of tiny babies. She looked like a little wind-up toy. She scuttled around looking for cover.

Soon we came torepparttar 127015 edge of a deep ravine. At one end ofrepparttar 127016 ravine was a waterfall. There was about a quarter mile whererepparttar 127017 river ran fairly level and then went over another waterfall. It was a perfect place to explore.

Onrepparttar 127018 steep climb downrepparttar 127019 ravine, it was amazing to see that this side ofrepparttar 127020 steep bank was actually a farm. It was so steep that if you stood straight up, you could almost touchrepparttar 127021 ground just by stretching out your hand. But,repparttar 127022 hard working farmers had cleared it and had planted corn there.

When we got torepparttar 127023 river, it was plain to see thatrepparttar 127024 good exploring was onrepparttar 127025 other side ofrepparttar 127026 river. There was a place where there was a rock about six feet tall. Atrepparttar 127027 base ofrepparttar 127028 rock,repparttar 127029 river was pressed into a narrow channel. At that point we were able to jump across.

Onrepparttar 127030 other side, there was a large flat bedrock area. Onrepparttar 127031 edge of itrepparttar 127032 other side ofrepparttar 127033 ravine was a steep cliff. It was covered with trees, moss and ferns. Inrepparttar 127034 trees and rocks were orchids and bromeliads. It was an amazing place.

There were also many large yellow and brown butterflies. They were flying all overrepparttar 127035 area. The waterfall had a fairly large grotto that had been carved out under it behindrepparttar 127036 water. I later found out that there were hundreds ofrepparttar 127037 butterflies hanging upside down fromrepparttar 127038 roof of that grotto.

Words of Comfort

Written by Angelique Watkins

I am sharing an article that I wrote after 9/11/01.

First, I would like for all to know that my prayers are withrepparttar world, families, nations, volunteers, workers and just everybody. I am askingrepparttar 127009 Almighty God to lead us, heal us, bring us closer together and work a miracle in all our lives.

We do not represent grief counseling nor are we certified.

I am not a Pastor, Minister nor Clergy.

My only hope and resource isrepparttar 127010 Divine Holy Bible, Inspired Written Word of God.

I would like to travel back in time to about A.D. 96 or A.D. 68.My traveling will take me to The Island of Patmos and I am thinking on Revelation first throughrepparttar 127011 seventh chapter.

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold,repparttar 127012 devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood beforerepparttar 127013 throne, and beforerepparttar 127014 Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.

Revelations 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shallrepparttar 127015 sun light on them, nor any heat.

Revelations 7:17 Forrepparttar 127016 Lamb which is inrepparttar 127017 midst ofrepparttar 127018 throne shall feed them and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

It is human to be in grief. I have never met a person yet that has been able to escaperepparttar 127019 experience of grief.

The book of Job 2:13 tells me that "So they sat down with him uponrepparttar 127020 ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him; for they saw that his grief was very great.

"There is no school that I have heard of yet that can teach you how to master grief. Diaster is a sudden, unexpected guest that we do not want to meet.

The book of Acts 27:10,14 tells me that "This voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only ofrepparttar 127021 lading and ship, but also of our lives. But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

"Seven Epistles addressed torepparttar 127022 churches ofrepparttar 127023 seven cities of Asia, named in chapters one and two, and now written to inrepparttar 127024 same order, beginning with Ephesus and ending with Laodicea.

The apostle wrote torepparttar 127025 7 churches in Asia, and maybe others were touched by what he wrote. The number 7 stands for unity/completion in my understanding; andrepparttar 127026 7 churches as mentioned in John's revelations must represent one universal church.

The church encountered trials, tribulations, persecution, and open opposers. The church was able to overcome and stand firmly. The faithful shall be rewarded. To him(her) that overcometh, there is a great reward.

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