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No Shirt, No Shoes, No…
Posted June 21, 2018

I don’t even remember who the guy was. He was on TV pretty late one Sunday about 25 years ago just preaching up a storm. He was animated. He was moving. He was loud, then quiet. He would read a scripture and then tell us its hidden meaning and how to extract the blessings God wanted for us out of God’s word.

Then he did it. He taught the viewers how to pray and get what we needed and even what we wanted.  He said he had taught these truths for years but didn’t always follow his own teaching, until… between shows crusade meetings, he went shopping. He went to a men’s store and saw a shirt he really liked. The shirt cost $75! Now this was twenty-five years ago when a nice dress shirt could be had for $25. So the sad preacher put it back on the shelf but then heard God speak to him. God said to him, “Ask me for it.” What God?  “Just ask me for the shirt, I want you to have it.” So the preacher asked God for the shirt and just for good measure he asked God for a $200 pair of shoes. He purchased them; he wasn’t going to argue with God. If God wanted him to have them then he should buy them.

And wouldn’t you know it, after the crusade meeting a man came up to him and gave him an envelope and told the preacher this was just for him. It wasn’t for the crusade or the orphans they sponsored, just him. Afterwards the TV preacher opened the envelope and found $300 in it. So always ask God, then act on what you are asking, and then He will bless you with even more than you need.

I wanted to go to the bathroom and throw up. But then I remembered what he said. So I asked God for it. I don’t know if it was ever answered but here’s what I asked for…………

“God, please send this preacher of all things materialistic a real Old Testament prophet. Let him point a long, boney finger at the preacher and have fire come from that finger. Let its flame burn the shirt and shoes off our modern day Jabez and hang this sign around his neck: ‘no shirt, no shoes, no Savior.’”

Then I wondered how many signs the prophet would hang around my neck? Some prayers God mercifully doesn’t answer.

Cos


Now and Then
Posted June 7, 2018

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even a I am fully known.     I Cor. 13:12

I have questions. I’m told God has answers. We don’t seem to get together at the point of my questions and his answers. I’m not sure why, so I asked him. He didn’t answer, at least not yet. Still, I have questions.

I guess the apostle Paul had questions.  This verse from I Corinthians implies it, at least for me. He is writing about love and seems to take a detour right before he ends this section of his letter. What does love have to do with being a child, remembering, and poor mirrors? Mirrors in his day were polished metal for the most part. The reflection was wavy, distorted, and dim. One of the most accurate mirrors was still, clean water. Comparing that to the polished metal mirrors and one could tell it wasn’t the best image but it was something you could see.

Despite all the blessings that a God-like love brings into a life or relationship, there are still some unknown parts, some distortions, some dimness with what we can see and know. The questions remain, however. Why do little kids get cancer? Why to ancient people with no quality of life still linger? Why does it hurt so badly? Why does the timing of the accident, the illness, the bankruptcy, the suicide, the divorce seem so wrong? A few seconds here, an extra day there, could six months or even six seconds not make a difference?

We see but a poor reflection.

I can’t always make out the clear details of God’s working with the shadows of fear, doubt, and pain still abounding in this world. My own pride and its trailing sins add to the dimness and darkness. The lack of love for God and each other that is seen in injustices, prejudices, and disrespect for human life make the image of God and what he is doing hard to see.

We see but a poor reflection.

But the light of God’s grace, righteousness, and love dance around those dark shadows of life revealing them for what they are—just more shadows. Shadows that disappear when the clear light of God’s love is shown on them. Then why do I still have questions?

We see but a poor reflection.

Maybe the Light hasn’t reach all the shadows. Maybe that it’s the church’s job to share, spread, and shine the Light where it is needed. Maybe some of my questions will have a “yet” in their answers. Paul uses a “then.”

I can only see some things dimly and distorted in my time on earth. Then we shall see, Paul says, face to face. No mirror, no dimness, no distortions, no shadows, just Jesus seeing us and our seeing him.  Paul seems to say that seeing Jesus face to face without the dimness and shadows of this fallen world will be enough for our questions. Now I know in part, then I shall know fully because I see completely this Jesus up close and intimately.

We see but  a poor reflection, but still we see.  When I was little I’d ask Daddy for some ridiculous something. His answer was “We’ll see.” That meant no. When I ask my Heavenly Father questions, sometimes the answer is “you’ll see.”  And I will. And you will.

Then we shall see face to face. That is where so many questions are answered: Face to Face.

Keep looking,
Cos


Welcome to Wizard of Cos II
Posted May 24, 2018

Wizard of Cos is dead. Hold on, the Cos part is still with us but the Wizard is gone. That little blog thingy I did called Wizard of Cos no longer works. I literally can’t get into my blog to write stuff even on days when I feel like it. The host for the blog has no physical address, no phone number, and no email address to address issues. I am shut out from Wizard of Cos.

So welcome to Wizard of Cos II. That isn't eleven, it's two. I don’t even know if this will work but I have wonderful people who will try to bring WoCII to life. If it doesn’t work I can always blame them.


Sock It to Me

I needed new socks. With feet that swell with my liver disease, my socks seem to shrink. I’ve got Sunday-go-to-meetin’ socks, it’s the everyday athletic socks I wear now instead of preacher socks I need. Nearly everything in my closet and drawer doesn’t fit anymore due to a 60 lb weight loss, but I have to have socks, especially since I mostly have to wear athletic pants that will go over my umbilical hernia.  I ask Pam if she would get me some new ones. She agrees and I describe what I want. The 10-12 size doesn’t fit anymore. See if you can find 12-14 mid ankle socks, I ask her. No, she says it will have to be 14-16 and they aren’t easy to find always, but I’ll try. What a gal!

The next day she brings me a package of new socks, 14-16 mid ankle height. I start to put them on. They are unbelievable hard to get on my feet. I groan, moan, catch my breath, try again and call Pam to help. She comes and helps and we finally get them on. I was ready to send them back but once on they feel really comfy—good fit, compression, and they won’t fall off into my shoes. Great job, Pam!

Then I noticed something. There is a little red “L” on one sock and a little red “R” on the other.  “Where did you get these socks, the old man’s dementia store? I don’t need an ”R” and an “L” to tell me where to put them! It’s bad enough to have all these liver ailments with out needing socks with gps.”

“Terry, look at your feet…the R and the L…

‘’Umph! With all those surgeries and procedures I didn’t realize they changed my feet!”

The bible says to not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. Of course this pertains to showing mercy, giving and showy worship meant to draw attention to self rather than point to God in praise. With things that are between you and God be discreet, modest in what you do.  When your heart and mind are settled on honoring Jesus, your hands and feet will follow, even if your socks are on the wrong feet.

But they are the only feet I’ve got,

Cos 


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