All posts by Judy Tanner

Timelessness of Love

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” [John 13:35]

Love. It seems so simple, yet we know how difficult it is to love one another. This new commandment that Jesus gives, “That you love one another, just as I have loved you,” is demanding. Jesus’ love for his disciples causes him to bend his knee and do the mundane task of washing their feet.  Jesus then tells his disciples, “No one has greater love than this, Continue reading Timelessness of Love

Removing Veils

Friday, March 22, 2019

“When Moses finished speaking with the people, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off.” [Exodus 34:33-34]

When you walk out your door in the morning, what veil do you put on?  What do you feel you have to hide from others? I remember a conversation with a friend who shared how she had put on her game face when she came to church one Sunday. Although, grief was overwhelming her, she hid it away.  Continue reading Removing Veils

God is Not Far Off

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.” [Psalm 22:27]

You might remember that Psalm 22 begins with these words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Yet, you probably don’t know how this psalm ends. Here is the last verse, “Future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that God has done it.”  How does the psalmist go from feeling forsaken to proclaiming God’s deliverance to people yet unborn? Continue reading God is Not Far Off

Fear of the Lord

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring stand in awe of the Lord, all you offspring of Israel.” [Psalm 22:23]

Throughout scripture we are told again and again to “fear the Lord,” as we are in this verse of Psalm 22. Yet, in 1 John 4:18 we read, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment.” Holding the psalmist’s words and John’s words in tension gives us a fuller understanding of what the phrase “fear of the Lord” actually means. Continue reading Fear of the Lord

Getting Your Attention

Monday, March 11, 2019

Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great site, and see why the bush is not burned up.” [Exodus 3:3]

How does God get your attention?  I haven’t had a burning bush, but the beauty of nature certainly gets my attention and focuses my thoughts on God.  I marvel at the natural life that thrives in and around the pond that was created in my backyard. Over twenty birds were frolicking in the streams the other morning and they seemed just delighted. Continue reading Getting Your Attention

God Hears Our Cries

Sunday, March 10, 2019
“The the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have hear their cry on  account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them.’”

[Exodus 3:7-8a]
In the first chapter of Exodus we read, “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”

The new king feared the numerous, Israelites, so he positioned taskmasters over them and instructed them start to systemically oppressing the Israelites. Even so, the Israelites continued to thrive. Years past and the king died, only to have a new Pharaoh placed over them. Then the text tells us that God heard the cries of the Israelites. How comforting is it for you to know that God hears our cries? Continue reading God Hears Our Cries