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Special Credentials

       Many years ago my husband and I flew into the airport where our son was working ramp.  It was a long walk from where we landed to the lot where his car was parked.  Seeing the pain registered on my face from my weak knee, and the limp, he suddenly changed course.  We stepped through a gate and began crossing the tarmac.  Almost immediately a security guard approached us with questions about our presence in this area.  My son lifted the ID badge that hung around his neck, and without further question, we were given clearance to proceed to our destination. 
       Each time I arrive home via theGainesvilleRegionalAirport, I see the warning sign and think of that day on the tarmac with my son.
       In my son, I had privilege.  In my son, I had passage.  In my son, I had entrance to a secured location.  Apart from him, I would have had none of this.  I walked across the tarmac into “authorized personnel only” areas, totally accepted because of my association with my son.  I had no credentials on my own.  My dependence was totally in him.
       This is the way I will walk into heaven someday; not because of personal credential package.  There is nothing that I can do, or not do; that will gain me entrance in that city of God.  I will come just as every other person – with no privilege apart from walking with the Son.  It is He who will say to God, “it’s okay, she’s with me.”

Applause

From my camper window…February 17, 2012…..Ritchie Hale

Have you ever been in the theatre watching a movie when at the conclusion, the audience burst into spontaneous applause?  It’s such a stirring experience when no one writes in the script, “applause”, but your heart wells up with overwhelming gratitude and you just can’t restrain your hands and heart from clapping.

I remember a flight where we were caught up in a horrific storm, lightening all around, and turbulent, bumpy weather.  With all that, the captain made an excellent landing.  I desired to applaud him for a job well done, but also, the beauty of the storm that had raged all around us had been so breathtakingly beautiful, I felt the longing to applaud the experience.

Today as I sat outside under my awning, I watched the sunset play hide and seek with the tops of the Australian Pines just a short distance off in the edge of the woods.  Three squirrels were playing around the base of a pine tree.  The light drizzle brought a refreshing aroma to my senses, and a gentle breeze blew my hair just enough to cool my face.

I simply wanted to applaud my God and my Creator for His glorious world. I began to sing softly to my surroundings, “all nature sings and around me rings, the music…this is my Father’s world.”

Lord, help me not become so busy in the hectic pace of life that I forget to applaud with joy, the wondrous gifts of Your mighty creations.

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