The Special of the Day... From the Orange Moon Cafe...
"Reflections of Christ"
We will welcome a new family member today when Ellie, a beagle puppy, joins the Davis household.
You may recall our beloved Sparrow passed away several months ago after being a wonderful blessing of God for more than thirteen years. We miss her greatly, and always will. Indeed, Ellie will not and cannot replace Sparrow. However, we are beagle people, and we will honor Sparrow and others beagles we have owned (or who have owned us!) by having someone like them back in our home.
This reminds me of the Christlikeness to which God calls His trusting children, and to our calling to serve as reflections of our Savior's blessed light to others. Born again believers in the Lord Jesus are lamps of His light who bring the Lord Jesus to each other in sublime and wonderful ways. In the twenty one years we have sent out these devotionals, we have been blessed with countless experiences of our Savior meeting us through many of you by correspondence, phone calls, and even face to face with a few of our readers. Eternity will not suffice in adequately thanking God for the gift - the reflections of Christ - you are to us. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity" (Psalm 133:1).
So, Ellie picks up where Sparrow left off. Sparrow was my coauthor for thirteen years, so much so that I wasn't sure I could continue to write without her. Now, before we even see her face to face, Ellie inspires today's message. She cannot be Sparrow. She will be Ellie. However, she already reflects Sparrow's influence, and I have little doubt she will do the same in countless other ways (she and Sparrow's puppy photos are remarkably similar). Again, all of this speaks to our privileged calling of serving as lamps of God's Light as we trust and submit to the Lord Jesus. What a gift, what a purpose, and what grace that our Heavenly Father redeemed us not only as a matter of rescue from our sins, but of reflecting the Christ who redeemed us.
"Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
(II Corinthians 3:18)
"Ye shine as lights in the world."
Weekly Memory Verse
His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.
(I John 5:3-4)
(I John 5:3-4)