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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

I Peter 2:24-3:1

"He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives."

What a strange world we live in. God is so good to allow beauty in place of ugliness and humor in place of sorrow. Last night I was on a long distance call to an adopted daughter who had lost both of her parents within the past year. Because of family friction she was not allowed to attend either funeral service.

We talked for quite some time as I tried to give her spiritual counsel. She is a believer, but neither of her adoptive parents were believers. I officiated at her father's service last week. He had specified that he wanted virtually no one to know about the service. At his request only three people were at the graveside.

It was amazing that I felt closer to this daughter who was almost three thousand miles away than I had with the three who were seated in front of the coffin. After we had talked for awhile I had prayer with her and made arrangements for her and her children to be here in a few months and have prayer at the graveside.

Things became more light-hearted in our conversation and she told me a humorous story. It seems that a preacher had owned a mule for a number of years and had taught him to respond to voice commands. When the preacher said, "Hallalujah", the mule would start to gallop. When he wanted the mule to stop he would shout, "Praise the Lord."

The preacher was moving so he decided to sell the mule. A man from the city heard about it and came to look into buying the mule. The buyer was pretty conceited and only halfheartedly listened to the instructions the old preacher was giving.

He decided to try the mule out to see what it would be like to ride him. He got into the saddle and the old preacher said; "Hallelujah!" Immediately the mule took off at a fast gallop with the city slicker hanging on for dear life. They were getting close to a steep cliff and for the life of him he could not remember what he was supposed to say to get the mule to stop.

Just before they reached the edge of the precipice, he remembered. With joy he shouted out; "Praise the Lord!" The mule screeched to a stop at the very edge. He took out his hankerchief, wiped his brow and let out a loud "Hallelujah!" Emergency room personnel wondered why the badly injured man kept shouting; "No! No! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!" through his bandages.

I guess we can relate to that silly story in a number of ways. To me the most obvious concept is that we often use words that transmit the wrong meaning. As the judge I used to work for used to say, "It is better to keep your mouth closed and look stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."

If we are going to change our world and those around us, we must do so by our lives, not just our words. There is an old saying that goes something like this: "Your actions speak so loud that I cannot hear a word you are saying." What message do people see in the way we live? Think about it! "Praise the Lord!"

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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