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Friday, January 17, 2014

Unexpected Gifts

Shiloh still enjoys his Christmas Gift: green grass in Florida.
Previously, Shiloh had to wait for his walks to enjoy rolling in the patches of grass around the neighborhood.  But now he has his very own.  And he LOVES it!

Sometimes we get unexpected gifts in unexpected places and unexpected times.  Those seem to be the greatest gifts of all. 

The Old Testament has the story of Sarai being told she would have a child....at the ripe old age of 90.  She laughed - and who wouldn't?  Supernaturally, through God's unexpected power, her body suddenly was capable of having a child with her 100 year old husband, Abram.  If you're familiar with the story, you know that now their names changes as well - Sarah and Abraham - and joining them was their son, Isaac, meaning laughter.  There must have been a lot of joy in their lives in this latter part of their lives. In many ways, it was a house full of laughter.

Shiloh, at the tender age of 12, is a Collie who probably also would laugh with joy at his unexpected gift. 

We look at our world and our lives with a very narrow, predictable, and often unimaginative scope.  After all, we can't have something unexpected happen if we are expecting it, right?  But, we can have faith in a God whose power is limitless and can, in both the smallest and greatest of ways, change the world as a whole and our corner of it.

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