Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday - This is Love!!!

He took our sin upon the cross. He carried it to the grave with Him. He left it there. Our sin covered by his blood for our salvation. What a wonderful King we suffer and die for cover our sin, so that we might enter the very throne room of God, so that we might have a relationship with God, our Father, so that we could become the children of God. I see my sin on that cross. Do you see yours? Yes, the big ones are there but those that we think of as small are there too. There is no sin greater than any other. They all put Him on the cross. He took them all...too many to list...for you...for me...for all those who repent and believe.
  It is Friday and sadness fills my heart for what my King endured for me. It is Friday
but we know the grave could not hold Him, death could not couquer Him.
It is Friday, but Sunday is coming.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Fingerprint Friday - Peaceful Visit

Sunday afternoon, we arrived home from church to find a breathtaking surprise---we had six white doves on our garage roof and one on our porch roof!
Isn't she/he beautiful?  The feathers look like silk!

We were a little concerned when they extended their visit to a little over an hour because the roof had to be was about 85 on Sunday here and they appeared to us to be thirsty.  I made sure there was water in the birdbath and even put some extra out in the shrubbery in case they were shy.  Through Facebook and a posting on the Facebook page of a local group, we were able to find the owners. By the time the owner returned our call, the birds had left us, flying south.  Their home is located about a mile south of us as the crow dove flies.  The owner said that they are not supposed to land on buildings. I suggested they simply wanted to do a little sightseeing and she laughed and said that was okay but they were supposed to be trained to not land on buildings. These particular seven were part of a group of nine that were released about two miles north of us a few hours earlier.  Two arrived at home on time but the others were late because of their little visit to our farm.  While I was speaking with the owner, they all arrived home safely. What a relief for all of us and I'm sure the birds were glad to be home too.  They are part of a group that are still in training to be released at weddings and funerals.  I didn't tell the owner but I'm kind of hoping for another visit one day.

Seven white is thought to be God's number...he created the world in seven days, on the seventh he rested. Seven white doves on the seventh day!  Doves are a symbol of God's love and a universal symbol of peace. What a blessing to have them visit us...almost like a message straight from God remind us that all is well.  What a beautiful fingerprint of God are these lovely creatures!!
I love the look that the one on the left is giving me...sort of like she's posing for the photo.
They were completely at ease with us, completely peaceful. They stayed with us about an hour.

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. 

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki at The Rusted ChainTo participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions.