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July 7 Refiner’s Fire

In our campground, there is a friendship campfire each weekend during the winter months. The wood is stacked high and burns long. Often after the other campers have gone back to their coaches, I enjoy sitting and watching the flames as they lick up the wood, dance among the logs, and create an everchanging pattern of art. It is a time of contemplation as I think how the flames would burn and inflict pain if I were to touch them, and yet how those same flames bring warmth, fuel, and purification. So often as I’ve faced difficult and trying situations, I have sung along with a Steve Green CD, the words of “The Refiner’s Fire.” It is a difficult song to sing because it states that I choose, and long for this refinement. However difficult the circumstances in my life, I have discovered the joy of placing my life by faith in the hands of Christ. It is in those times that I can truly say with writers; Jon Mohr and Randall Dennis; “purged and cleansed, and purified, that the Lord be glorified….no matter what I may loose, I choose, the Refiner’s Fire.”

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Daybreak in Gulf Hammock

Psalm 5:3 (KJV) My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

 One Saturday morning I went out driving just before daybreak.  I was looking for beauty – solitude – a place to let my eyes rest and absorb the beauty of God’s creation.  Just as I crossed a bridge out in the back woods of Gulf Hammock, Florida, I saw the sun peek through the woods.  I stopped my car,walked over to the edge of the road and took time to commune with the Lord.  What a wonderful place to start the day.

Cathedral in the Woods

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