Thankful Thursday! February 15, 2018

Thank you, dear Lord, for:

Chatting with Gil and Whitt after his game.

Climbing “the stairs” with Karen -hard to say which is more beneficial, the exercise or the conversation 🤗

Pres picking me up at the car place.

Walking with Kerri and Piper

Team lunch on Fridays❤️ And the fabulous moms whose company I enjoy so much!!

Going to a Biola basketball game with Whitt☺️


“UNDER HIS WINGS O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Matthew 23: 37

In this passage, Christ gives us a beautiful illustration of faith. The Lord tenderly says to the Israelites that he gladly would have been their mother hen if only they had been willing to be his chicks. Note carefully his words and illustration. Christ pours this out with his whole heart and with great seriousness. In this picture, we see how we should act toward Christ. It shows us how he can help us, how we should make use of him and enjoy him. If we watch how a hen behaves with her chicks, then we will see Christ and ourselves depicted better than any artist can paint.

Our souls are the chicks, and the devil and evil spirits are the hawks in the air. Except, we aren’t as clever as the chicks who flee under their mother hen. Also, demons are more skillful in attacking us than are the hawks in grabbing chicks. I previously taught how it isn’t enough to be devout, do good works, and live in grace. For not even our righteousness, let alone our unrighteousness, will endure before God’s eyes and his judgment. I have said that faith, if it is genuine faith, doesn’t rely on its own ability to believe but holds on to Christ and places itself under his righteousness. Just as chicks don’t rely on themselves and their own quickness but simply flee under the hen’s body and wings, so we must run to Christ and let him be our shield and protection.“

Martin Luther, “Faith Alone”