Morning Encouragement for 9/11/2022

Good morning,

At a mini-gathering this past week, someone told a story about our deceased son. While the story was entertaining, a thought crossed my mind that although it sounded something like would Matt would do it didn’t mean that it actually happened; basically, it was a memory distorted as it might have been it could not be validated. In the same way, In scripture there is a thing called “pseudepigrapha” which means “so-so scripture” that is, it sounds like something someone would say or do, not that it actually happened or happened in the way it was told. For example, Enoch the son of Seth walked by the seashore and then disappeared (Genesis 4:26 and Luke 3:38). Much of the OT and parts of the NT are “stories or predicated upon them. Stories can and do get exaggerated with each retelling does that mean scripture is invalidated? Not by any stretch of the imagination. The first 11 chapters of Genesis are believed to originate from Mesopotamian stories. Mesopotamia is in western Asia and the Fertile Crescent and because there was no such thing as a “computer” or a “book”, the people told the family stories as a means of tying the generations together. When we cease to remember these stories or reject them, we close off a door that ties our past to our present and future.

Verse: Psalms 78, Deuteronomy 11:18-25,

Famous Quote: “Every relationship must have a starting point so  that past errors may remain in the past.” – Mary Lydon Simonsen

Father,

Help me to remember my past is not a hammer to beat myself or others up, it is a pit that reminds me of how far I have come. The stories in scripture are in print so that we may know You and see how you have worked through sinful mankind. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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