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Sunday Devotional: My ways are not your ways

Isaiah 55:6-9

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

That is why while we may pray for our wishes, in the final analysis, we must remember that it is God’s will that must be done because we simply don’t know everything, nor do we know the grand scheme of things, nor what really is good for us.

But to pray that God’s will be done, now and always, requires humility and the abnegation or surrender of our own will — to God’s.

And that is difficult for us narcissistic and willful humans.

The key is love.

If we indeed love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength, we then truly can say: “Thy will be done.”

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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Sunday Devotional: Forgive

Sirach 27:30—28:7

Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance,
for he remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the LORD?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.

Mathew 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?” 
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. 
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants. 
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. 
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt. 
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan. 
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount. 
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused. 
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt. 
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair. 
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! 
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. 
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt. 
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

Researchers again and again have found that forgiveness is not just good for the recipient, it is also good for our own physical, mental and spiritual health.

The best definition of “forgive” I know is to refrain from wishing ill to the person who has hurt you, but instead wish him/her well. Don’t nurse the grievance and let it fester inside you.

But to forgive doesn’t mean to forget, for if we forget, we are simply setting ourselves up for a repeat of the offense. Nor does forgiving means we must approve of the offender or the offending act. Nor does forgiving necessarily means we must continue the relationship because sometimes the offense enables you to clearly see who that person really is. As a result, you simply no longer desire to be in his/her company.

The late Christian psychologist Dr. Everett Worthington (1931-2019) developed some techniques that prove useful. One of them is the two-chairs technique. Someone with a grievance sits in Chair A and addresses a real but absent offender sitting in Chair B, telling him how he feels. The subject is then asked to move to Chair B and respond as the offender might. Sitting in the offender’s place to explain why they acted as they did, the offended subjects are forced to think “outside the box,” to put themselves in the other’s place, perhaps seeing for the first time circumstances they had previously overlooked. This can open the way for seeing both sides of the story, and, eventually, to forgiveness.

Here is Dr. Worthington on a 5-step method we can use to forgive:

The death of my husband a year ago led me to really realize just how ephemeral and fleeting our lives are. A result of that realization is my forgiving a college-era friend whom I had not seen in ten years. I simply decided to let go of the hurt from what she did, or rather what she failed to do. It was simply not important in the larger scheme of things. I discovered that forgiving her was surprisingly easy and very liberating.

How forgiving are you?

There’s a short quiz you can take to find out. Click here.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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Sunday Devotional: What does ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ mean?

Romans 13:8-10

Brothers and sisters:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, ”
and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

We are told by our Lord to “love thy neighbor”.

Not just to “love” our neighbor, but to “love your neighbor as yourself”.

I have to admit that I’ve always found that commandment to be a tall order, for how am I to “love” someone who has hurt or injured me, or whose political stance is drastically different from mine and which, I believe, has led to the ruination of the America I love?

My vexation is compounded by the fact that I have never heard a priest define who our “neigbor” is and what “loving” our neighbor actually means.

In Luke 10, Jesus used the parable of the good Samaritan to explain what He meant by “loving” one’s “neighbor”:

  • The robbers in the parable — evil doers — are not our “neighbor”.
  • Our “neighbor” is the man who fell victim to the robbers, that is, anyone we encounter in our lives, even strangers, who find themselves in foul circumstances through no fault of their own.
  • Unlike the priest and the Levite, the Samaritan assisted the victim and, in so doing, demonstrated what “loving our neighbor” means — which is to treat those who are in need through no fault of their own “with mercy,” that is, with kindness and compassion, and to provide assistance.

See my post of July 14, 2019: “Sunday Devotional: What does loving our neighbor and our enemy mean?

Now, in his letter to the Romans 13, St. Paul has provided us with further definition of what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself”:

  • Not commit adultery against another.
  • Not kill another.
  • Not steal from another.
  • Not “covet” (df: strongly desires) what another has.
  • Not do evil to another.

That I can do!

How about you?

And always remember what precedes “love your neighbor as yourself” in the Greatest Commandment of all (Luke 10:27):

You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind.

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Offered in humility and love,


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Sunday Devotional: The God-shaped hole in our hearts

Psalm 63:2-4

O God, you are my God—
it is you I seek!
For you my body yearns;
for you my soul thirsts,
In a land parched, lifeless,
and without water.
I look to you in the sanctuary
to see your power and glory.
For your love is better than life;
my lips shall ever praise you!

Have you ever wondered what it is about the The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Superman which make those books and movies so wildly popular?

Ever wonder why the savior (John Connor) in the original Terminator movie has the initials J. C.?

The answer is that the main characters and overriding themes in all those stories are, respectively, Christlike figures and Christian. The unmistakable draw of these stories suggests that, despite the efforts of those hostile to Western civilization, many in our contemporary society remain attached to its core values of good vs. evil, family, country, and private ownership, as well as personal virtues of charity, courage, loyalty, self-discipline, chivalry, honor, fidelity, and chastity. The stories’ enormous success signifies strong popular dissent from the Progressive worldview and agenda of moral relativism. More than that, their commercial success points to our hunger for these narratives.

In his book, Why Can’t We Be Good? (p. 244), philosopher Jacob Needleman observed that “Twist and turn as we may, explain it or deconstruct it as we may,” we know “down deep” that we are meant to be moral beings. Unhappily, however, “in every place, in every occasion of our lives and culture we see that we are failing what we are meant to be—and we suffer from that.” And so we run from one illusory answer to another, whether it be mind-altering and –numbing drugs, mass movements, charismatic leaders, or “fundamentalisms of all kinds from the religious to the atheistic to the scientistic.”

But, as the lyrics of the Rolling Stones’ song bewail, we still “can’t get no satisfaction”….

In The Gospel According to the World’s Greatest Superhero (pp. 32-33), Stephen Skelton explains why we respond to stories like Lord of the Rings. Those sanctified stories speak to us because God made man in his own image. Thus, “we have an essential longing to be with him, to be comforted by what is familiar to our deepest heart.” This is why we hearken on a subconscious level to the Christian themes in those stories because Jesus Christ is the human face of the invisible God. As Skelton explains,

It is his figure—and by extension, his story—we will respond to most strongly. To ensure our response, when God created us in his image, he also created us with his image in us. But it is a God-shaped blank, as [Blaise] Pascal puts it, a vacant hole in our hearts, until he fills it with himself . . . . So from birth we have eternity in our empty hearts—an empty eternity. No wonder we feel restless . . . . In our desperate search for something to fill Forever, nothing in the temporary world will do. In fact, it will take the one thing that is the exact size and shape of eternity: God, whom we come to through Christ.

“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”- French philosopher-mathematician-physicist Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées VII(425)

Psalm 63:5-9

I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands, calling on your name.
My soul shall be sated as with choice food,
with joyous lips my mouth shall praise you!
I think of you upon my bed,
I remember you through the watches of the night
You indeed are my savior,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,


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Sunday Devotional: ‘Who do you say that I am?’

Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.

“But who do you say that I am?,” Jesus asked His apostles, after the incident of the apostles seeing Him walk on the stormy Sea of Galilee, and rescuing Peter who walked toward Jesus but faltered and began sinking.

That incident was preceded in Matthew of Jesus:

  • Multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish into such abundance that a “vast crowd” of “five thousand men, not counting women and children” were fed (Matthew 14).
  • Healing a man with a withered hand, and exorcising a blind and mute man (Matthew 12).
  • Raising Jairius’ daughter from the dead; healing a paralytic, a bleeding woman, and two blind men; and exorcising a mute (Matthew 9).
  • Healing a leper, the centurion’s servant and Peter’s mother-in-law, and three exorcisms (Matthew 8).

All those miracles convinced Simon Peter, when asked by Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?,” to reply: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

But even after he had attested to his belief, Peter still faltered when Jesus was arrested and taken away by Roman soldiers, and denied three times he even knew Jesus.  Peter, who had witnessed countless miracles, including being personally saved from drowning in the stormy sea by Jesus, who was walking on water. And still, at a time when Jesus needed His friends the most, Peter denied even knowing Him — three times.

That is why, although we can come to a belief in God (St. Thomas Aquinas’ “first cause”; the intricacies and beauty of creation) and in Jesus as the Son of God (miracles, the Resurrection, the Shroud of Turin, the Apostles as percipient witnesses) through reason, reason can only take us so far.

There is a point that requires faith, where we make the leap across the gap — a gap that for some can be as deep as a cavern.

That moment, when we are touched by the gift of faith — for it is a gift — is different for each of us.

Mine came when — being reawaken after many years of being away from God and the Church in which I had been baptized when I was four — one day at Mass, while watching the faithful go up, one by one, to receive the Holy Eucharist, this thought came into my head like a streak of lightning:

“God must love you for putting up with you all these years.”

At that, every remaining doubt melted away. And I was home, at last.

What was your moment when you were given the gift of faith?

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you are saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves,
for it is the gift of God.

Jesus, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

May the love and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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The Fog Of War

First, I am not a veteran, and have never been in the military. In spite of the title and main photograph, this post is not stolen valor. To all our veterans, thank you for standing in harm’s way for the American people, including me.

Acquiring solid targets when nothing you see can be trusted

At this point, most places I used to go to for information seem less trustworthy than I used to believe. The usual alphabet soup of news stations are somewhere on a spectrum from partially compromised to completely serving the dark side. When we see a shocking story online or on TV, we have suspiciously little substantive reporting, leaving the curious completely unsatisfied.  And yet, the condition of our nation is such that we know the war is on, and hard intelligence is needed.

What are our reliable sources for vital, actionable intel?

Amid the indistinct silhouettes that fade into and out of view, there is one source I have come to rely on:

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
– Matthew 24:35

The Word of God, which lives and abides forever, is my night vision googles. His angels are our close air support. 

As I give Him my time and attention, He grants me insights into things that puzzle me. And He will do the same for you, if you will give Him your time and attention. The Spirit of Jesus Christ, the WORD of God, is far beyond any and all of our earthly news sources.

~ TD

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Sunday Devotional: The call of God is irrevocable

Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! 
My daughter is tormented by a demon.” 
But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her. 
Jesus’ disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” 
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.” 
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.” 
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith! 
Let it be done for you as you wish.” 
And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.

As the above passage from Matthew 15 indicates, Jesus told the Caananite woman — a Gentile — that He was sent only to Israelites, i.e., Jews, not Gentiles. But Jesus was moved and persuaded by the woman’s faith in Him, and so He granted her request and exorcised the demon from her daughter.

That is one of the great mysteries of humankind — why Jews not only rejected Jesus the Christ, despite the many foretellings of His coming in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible and Christianity’s Old Testament, their leaders actually demanded that He be put to death, although Jesus had committed no crime. Not just put to death, but executed by the cruelest method that the Romans reserved for the worst criminals — crucifixion.

All of which raises the question of why most Jews, then and now, refuse to believe that Jesus is who He said He is.

Among the reasons why they don’t, according to the article “Why Don’t Jews Believe In Jesus?,” are:

  • The Jewish Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David, but Jesus was not because Christians say he was the product of a virgin birth and therefore had no father. (Hmm, does that mean Jesus is not Jewish?)
  • Jews don’t believe in miracles: “Even if the individual claiming personal revelation performs miracles [as Jesus did], there is still no verification that he is a genuine prophet. Miracles do not prove anything. All they show—assuming they are genuine—is that he has certain powers. It has nothing to do with his claim of prophecy. Judaism, unique among all of the world’s major religions, does not rely on ‘claims of miracles’ as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of ‘miracles’ to charlatans….” (Hmm, but don’t Jews believe in the miracles of  Moses parting the Red Sea, and the manna from Heaven during the time Moses led Jews wandering in the desert?)

Now you see why the Talmud, the collection of the sayings and writings of rabbis regarded as superior even to the Torah, calls Jesus a “bastard,” “fool” and “charlatan,” His mother Mary a “whore,” and Christians “idolators” and less than human. (See Rev. I. B. Pranaitis, The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians; first published in St. Petersburg in 1892.; and “Truth About the Talmud“.)

Jews really should heed this:

But the rejection by Jews turns out to be to our benefit. As St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, said in Romans 11:11-12, 15, 19-20, 23, 28-29:

But through their transgression
salvation has come to the Gentiles…

their transgression is enrichment for the world…
their rejection is the reconciliation of the world….
Indeed you will say, “Branches were broken off
so that I might be grafted in.”
That is so.
They were broken off because of unbelief,
but you are there because of faith.
So do not become haughty, but stand in awe….
And they also, if they do not remain in unbelief,
will be grafted in,
for God is able to graft them in again….
In respect to the gospel, they are enemies on your account;
but in respect to election,
they are beloved because of the patriarchs.
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.

So if you hear His call, do not harden your heart.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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Sunday Devotional: Why do you doubt?

Matthew 14:22-33

After he had fed the people,
Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves,
for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them,
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

There is an important concept in law which is critical to the testimony and determination of truth.

That concept is “percipient witness”.

According to the Law Dictionary, a percipient witness is “A witness who testifies about things that the witness actually saw, heard or otherwise experienced.” Attorneys call the percipient witness “often the most important person on the crucial issue”.

The apostles and disciples were the percipient witnesses of Jesus the Christ. Their accounts are contained in the four canonical Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, including the above passage from Matthew 14 on Jesus walking on the stormy sea.

The Apostles, who were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ many miracles, including the most important miracle, the resurrected Christ, were willing to die for their beliefs and faith, testifying to the last the truth they’d witnessed until their last breath:

  • St. Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity, was stoned to death in Jerusalem, c. AD 34.
  • St. James, son of Zebedee and brother of St. John the Apostle, was the first Apostle to be martyred. King Herod had St. James beheaded in 44 AD.
  • St. James, son of Alpheus, was reported by the Jewish historian Josephus to have been stoned and then clubbed to death in 62 AD.
  • St. Jude Thaddaeus was crucified in Syria, c. 65 AD.
  • St. Simon the Zealot ministered in Persia and was sawn in half, c. 65 AD after refusing to sacrifice to the sun god.
  • St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred in Rome about 66 AD, during the persecution under Emperor Nero. St. Paul was beheaded. St. Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, because he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.
  • St. Mark, a rope around his neck, was dragged to death in Alexandria, Egypt, in AD 68.
  • St. Thomas was pierced to death in India, 72 AD, where the ancient Marthoma Christians revere him as their founder.
  • St. Matthias, who was chosen to replace Judas, was burned to death in Syria, c. 80 AD.
  • St. Bartholomew (identified as Nathaniel in the Gospel of John) is believed to have been skinned alive and crucified. He ministered in India with St. Thomas, in Armenia, Ethiopia and Southern Arabia.
  • St. Philip was crucified in Hierapolis, Asia Minor, 80 AD, for converting the wife of a Roman proconsul. He also ministered in North Africa.
  • St. Andrew was crucified in Patras, Greece. He also preached in Asia Minor and modern-day Turkey. Christians in the former Soviet Union say he was the first to bring the Gospel to their land.
  • St. Matthew was beheaded in Ethiopia. He had also ministered in Persia.
  • St. John was the only Apostle who died a natural death from old age, after surviving an ordeal of being thrown into boiling oil. He was the leader of the church in Ephesus and is said to have taken care of Mary the mother of Jesus in his home. In mid-90s AD, he was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the last book of the New Testament–the Revelation.

But the testimonies of these percipient witnesses of Jesus the Christ are ignored by many.

And yet we believe 100% there was a person named Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher revered as the founder of Western political philosophy, although the time and place of his birth are unknown, and there are varying accounts of when and how he died. Even the origin of his name is unknown. As Wikipedia admits:

Due to a lack of surviving accounts, little is known about Plato’s early life and education…. The exact time and place of Plato’s birth are unknown. Based on ancient sources, most modern scholars believe that he was born in Athens…between 429 and 423 BC…. The traditional date of Plato’s birth…428 or 427 BC, is based on a dubious interpretation of Diogenes Laërtius….

[Even] the origin of this name remains mysterious…the name does not occur in Plato’s known family line….

According to Seneca, Plato died at the age of 81 on the same day he was born. The Suda indicates that he lived to 82 years, while Neanthes claims an age of 84. A variety of sources have given accounts of his death. One story, based on a mutilated manuscript, suggests Plato died in his bed…. Another tradition suggests Plato died at a wedding feast….  According to Tertullian, Plato simply died in his sleep.

Mark 9:19, 21-24

“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied,
“how long shall I stay with you?
How long shall I put up with you?….”
…[T]he boy’s father [said,]
“…But if you can do anything,
take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus.
“Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed,
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,


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Sunday Devotional: Miracles of loaves and fishes

Matthew 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.  
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ”
and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples,
who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up the fragments left over—
twelve wicker baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men,
not counting women and children.

Did you know that there was also another miracle of loaves (sans fishes) in the Old Testament?

2 Kings 4-42-44

A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,
twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,
and fresh grain in the ear.
Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.”
But his servant objected,
“How can I set this before a hundred people?”
Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.”
“For thus says the LORD,
‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.'”
And when they had eaten, there was some left over,
as the LORD had said.

And also in our time in Texas?

At 7:53 pm on April 17, 2013, disaster struck West, Texas, a small town of about 2,800, 20 miles north of Waco and 80 miles south of Dallas.

A massive explosion struck the West Fertilizer Co. off I-35, devastating and setting fire to a 4-block radius. The explosion was so huge, it registered as a 2.1 earthquake and could be heard 45 miles away in Waxahachie. There were at least 15 fatalities, including 5 firefighters, and approximately 200 people injured.

Among the people coming to the aid of West, was Mercy Chefs, a non-profit, all-volunteer, faith-based charitable organization committed to providing high-quality, professionally prepared meals to victims, first responders and volunteers during natural disasters and national emergencies.

On April 21, 2013, Mercy Chefs in West, Texas, experienced a miracle of “loaves and fishes.” As recounted by volunteer Gary LeBlanc:

Last evening as I arrived for a meeting at the Command Center, I was greeted by a man who told me an amazing story from earlier in the day.

They had put out the last of the food they had on hand and saw it go quickly. They realized they needed another 100-150 meals for the recovery crew working so hard at ground zero and law enforcement guarding the site. They stopped and prayed that the Lord would do some sort of “loaves and fishes” miracle. They needed food for these selfless heroes and they had none. Ten minutes after the prayer a Mercy Chefs truck pulled up. We had 150 extra meals from lunch and felt directed to the command site. There were tears on both sides as they saw a prayer answered in real time.

Please do pray for the people of West and the Mercy Chefs team that God will continue to use us in such an extraordinary and humbling way.

Here’s a video showing the work of Mercy Chefs in West, TX:

Below are Charity Navigator‘s scores and ratings for Mercy Chefs:

  • Accountability and transparency: 90.00 (out of 100) score; 4 (out of 4) stars.
  • Financial: 87.21; 3 stars.
  • Overall score and rating: 88.51; 3 stars

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” ― C.S. Lewis

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May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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Psalm 64 could be a timely intercession for DJT

Psalm 64
1 Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from the plots of evildoers.

3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.

4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
they shoot suddenly, without fear.

5 They encourage each other in evil plans,
they talk about hiding their snares;
they say, “Who will see it?”

6 They plot injustice and say,
“We have devised a perfect plan!”
Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

7 But God will shoot them with his arrows;
they will suddenly be struck down.

8 He will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

9 All people will fear;
they will proclaim the works of God
and ponder what he has done.

10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will glory in him!

Selah” is a term we see in the psalms. Its meaning is not entirely clear, but one way to understand it is to pause and think about the last verse. Stop and think about it.

When we stop and think about this psalm, we see nature of wicked liars who constantly attack the righteous with false accusations, and plot harm, thinking God doesn’t pay attention.

Then in the last part of the psalm we see assurances that God does see their plots and schemes, and He frustrates them. And He enables His people to take refuge in Him.

Pause and think about that.

For three and a half years now we have seen a relentless series of attacks on President Trump, and on every righteous institution in America. If we don’t commit to trusting God in the midst of this storm of lies, we could easily grow weary or even give up the fight. Instead, let us pause and ponder the promises of God’s protection, and take heart for the long run.

~ TD

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