The Key

I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one will shut, what he shuts, no one will open. (Isaiah 22:22)

The interesting thing about living in a prison is that a key is needed to open the door, but the physical key isn’t enough. Someone from the outside has to stick the key in the lock and turn it! We cannot free ourselves.

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A Christmas Story

It all started when my four year old daughter, Annie, was cast as Mary in the Nativity play at our church. I do not know if they intended to include the youngest children in the most important roles or if it was her long blond hair that made her such a natural fit for the part of Mary or if it was the only role they trusted her with as it was a non-speaking role. Regardless, when you provide the mother of Jesus for the nativity play, it is imperative your on time.

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Valleys + Hills

As usual, we humans can’t do it. We’re too broken and weak. The spiky, rocky mountains are too difficult to move. The valleys are too dark and too deep to fill up. Nothing we try is enough. Besides, we get distracted along the way and end up falling into other valleys or tripping on stones. In the end, we say, “It’s too much for me! I can’t get to you and I can’t make a way for you to get to me!” This is repentance.

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