Forgiveness?

Forgiveness?

Preschooler Mary Jean Eisenhower often stayed with her grandparents during Eisenhower’s presidency. Her grandmother, Mamie, had a weak heart so she conducted much of her household business from her bed.

One morning, Mary Jean remained with her grandmother. While Mamie worked, Mary Jean played with Pete, a gift her grandmother had received, He was a small, caged bird. Once wound up, Pete would chirp and rotate, which fascinated Mary Jean.
Unfortunately, after playing with Pete all morning, she wound him too tightly, and he stopped working. Mamie scolded Mary Jean and sent her to her bedroom. Trembling in fear, she stayed there the rest of the day waiting for her grandfather to come upstairs from the Oval Office.

When she finally heard the elevator open, Mary Jean rushed to confess to President Eisenhower, the judge and juror. He listened and hugged her. The next morning when Mary Jean woke, Pete was sitting on the table by her bed. She was horrified. Breaking Peter irritated her grandmother. What would she say if she thought Mary Jean had stolen him? Mary Jean grabbed Pete and ran to her grandparents’ bedroom. However, another Pete sat outside their door.

Mary Jean believed her grandfather asked the Secret Service to find replacements for Pete that night. Not only did he forgive her, but he also replaced the broken gift. What a lovely example of God’s love. Once we trust in Jesus, he forgives us and makes us a new creation.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us, and gave his son to be the propitiation for our sins.” -I John 4:10

Welcoming February 2024… Almost Spring!

Welcoming February 2024… Almost Spring!

Dear Father, how can we praise you enough for the boundless depths of your love? When we ponder our sinfulness, we cannot fully fathom your lovingkindness and grace toward us. As our culture celebrates Valentine’s Day, help us keep in mind that you are the true source of love. May our lives demonstrate your transforming power so we can woo others into your marvelous kingdom. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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Welcoming January 2024 With Prayer and Encouragement

Welcoming January 2024 With Prayer and Encouragement

Dear Father, as we stand at the threshold of 2024, we thank you for the gift of life and our eternal hope. Fill our hearts with praise for our blessings, for when we praise you, we have a greater appreciation of your grace. May we determine to think less of ourselves and seek to know you more. Guide our steps so we may live worthy of your lovingkindness. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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Your Legacy?

Your Legacy?

The sun had set, and darkness engulfed the 350,000 London residents. Shopkeepers closed their doors and prepared for bed. The king’s baker, Thomas Farrinor, who lived in Pudding Lane, stopped baking and doused his fire. However, he failed to put it out. After midnight on Sept 2, 1666, a spark escaped the oven and lit kindling nearby. Flames soon consumed the house, but Farrinor and his family escaped out a second-story window.

The city had no firefighters and was experiencing a drought, so the blaze licked up closely packed wooden houses nearby. Neighbors lined up to throw buckets of water on the fire, and churches rang their bells to warn sleeping residents. The fire headed toward warehouses on Thames Street filled with
tallow, oil, spirits, and coal. The buildings exploded into flame. Aided by a strong wind, the fire burned out of control, and people could see the flames 30 miles away.

People eventually gave up fighting the fire and rushed to save their families and possessions. The fire raged until Sept 6 and destroyed 13, 000 homes and 38 churches, including St Paul’s cathedral. Mr. Farrinor and his family survived. Can you imagine how he felt? His oversight caused a huge disaster.
People still associate his name with the Great Fire of London. What a sad legacy.

As we enter 2024, consider the legacy you want to leave. Would you rather people remember your good character or your reputation for helping others? Choose goals based on what you want to accomplish.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day…”

Welcoming December 2023 With Prayer and Encouragement

Welcoming December 2023 With Prayer and Encouragement

Dear Father, we praise you for this special time to remember the greatest gift ever given: Your Son. How impossible to honor and thank You enough for Your unselfish love and steadfast grace. As we celebrate this month, please help us keep our focus on Jesus rather than the chaos in this dark world. Sustain us as we spend time with friends and family, and may our lives reflect the great love You demonstrated to us.

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Getting To Know the Real Him.

Getting To Know the Real Him.

Just prior to President Eisenhower’s second inauguration, photographers wanted to snap a photograph of the President and Vice President with their young children. President Eisenhower posed with his grandchildren, Ann and David. Vice President Richard Nixon posed with his daughters, Julie and Tricia. However, eight-year-old Julie Nixon had suffered a black eye in a sledding accident. Eisenhower suggested she look to her right to hide the black eye, which forced her gaze right at David Eisenhower. Eight-year-old David stared back at her injury with widened eyes as the photographers snapped the photo. That was one of the few times the two children met.

Years later, Julie and David attended different colleges in the same town. Mamie Eisenhower was a romantic, and she believed the two would make a lovely couple. She suggested David look up Julie and get acquainted. Due to his grandmother’s insistence, David finally contacted Julie and enjoyed being with her. A romance blossomed between them.

Julie’s dormitory had a proctor, who monitored incoming guests.

On one occasion, David visited Julie, but he had to sign in with the proctor. He stopped at the front desk and said, “I’m David Eisenhower, and I want to see Julie Nixon.” The proctor replied, “I’m Harry Truman.”

David, who looked a bit scruffy, had to convince the proctor who he was.

We always recognize the names of famous people like presidents, judges, and movie stars. And it’s common for people to ‘name drop’ when they want to feel important. However, we have the incredible opportunity to know God, our creator. His fame outstrips anyone and everyone, and he can know each of us individually. As we celebrate Christmas this year, let’s rejoice that Jesus reconciled us to our Heavenly Father. What a privilege to get to know HIM!

“but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” -Jeremiah 9:24 ESV

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