Rev. Ray November 08, 2021
November 8, 2021, 10:51 AM

“I want to remind you to stir into flame the strength and boldness that is in you, that entered into you when I laid my hands upon your head and blessed you. For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7 TLB

There is a way of life that is becoming lost. Those who remember are growing few. There were hard times, as in every generation; but oh, the warm memories of a life so good and blessed.

Some of you will remember when the fire in the wood stove was allowed to go out during the night. Houses had no insulation, and you might even find where snow had managed to get inside through some cracks. It was cold, and the night wind would howl and whistle. No one worried about the temperature because there were plenty of quilts and blankets; and if you had a feather bed it would kind of wrap itself around you.

If you had the privilege of living that way you also remember the early morning sound of the shaking of the grate. It sounded like someone was tearing the house down, it was loud and far more effective than an alarm clock. No one minded because it meant that someone was waking up the fire and that you would be getting up in a warm house. You came to appreciate the "shaker of the grate." There is nothing like backing up to a wood stove on a cold morning.

There is a song that begins with the words, “When the world seems cold, and your friends seem few, there is someone who cares for you.” The world can be cold, and we can retreat to the covers to hide, but we can’t stay there. That was obviously a problem for young Timothy. The fire in his soul had cooled in the night, and someone needed to shake the grate, stir up the flame that was sleeping in him.

Bishop Ralph S. Cushman wrote a poem that says, “Sit us afire Lord, stir us, we pray! While the world perishes, we go our way, Purposeless, passionless, Day after day. Sit us afire Lord, stir us, We pray.”

Come Holy Spirit on this Monday Morning and be the Shaker of our Grate.

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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