Rev. Ray's December 02, 2021 Devotion
December 2, 2021, 9:21 AM

“This is what the LORD says: "Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

It was a little house at the bottom of the hill, but there was just a step between it and Heaven. The boards on the floor of the porch were unpainted and worn by time and the treading of many souls. The lace curtains on the door window had a welcoming draw.

On winter nights the stove burned hot, and the old wallpaper seemed to glow with warmth and love. The pictures on the wall were in unmatched frames. They weren't for decorations, but the history of the family hung there. Visitors looked, conversations were born, and folks really were interested in one another.

There were no blinking lights from phones and chargers, no foul language on the TV; in fact, there wasn't a television at all. Sometimes the entertainment was a good "haint" story; other times it was the ghostly static of nighttime radio. Children went to bed loved, clean and prayed for.

No one slept in fear; and you awakened beneath the weight of quilts and covers to the sound of the stove grate being shaken. Soon the fire would be popping and crackling; and breakfast would be on the table.

If you remember a place like that, you are a very wealthy person. There is much talk about life being progressive, but nothing is progressive if it outruns our soul.

l know that change is inevitable, but can’t we cling to what is good and decent as we walk ahead? It is different times but we can never forget that we were created for fellowship with God and each other. I think about the children, and I'm glad for all the new things that they will know; it is the things that they will not know that saddens me.

There is an old Gospel song that says, “Time has made a change in the old home place; Time has made a change in each smiling face, and I know my friends can plainly see Time has made a change in me.”

I don't know; sometimes I just get to remembering, and then I wish...

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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