Aloha Friday Message – January 14, 2011 – Planning for Aloha Friday?

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Hebrews 10:15-17 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: 16 “This is the covenant I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord: ‘I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them upon their minds,'” 17 he also says: “Their sins and their evildoing I will remember no more.”

That was part of God’s plan for our salvation. When you plan, when I plan, when we plan, our plans sometime don’t come together as well as we would like them to. God’s plan was to forget every sin each of us committed. The punishment for any sin remembered was death, and He managed to defeat death so that the punishment for sin was obliterated.

Sometimes it is s-o-o difficult to make plans and even more difficult to stick with them. It seems that many times something interrupts our plans. It might be something we forgot to include in the plan, an oversight; or, it might be something that is outside of our control. When we forget to include some factor or step in a plan we make we feel foolish and wish we had thought of it before our plan was interrupted. When something outside our sphere of influence changes the outcome we intended, we can sometimes feel disappointed, so disappointed that we abandon the plan.

God’s plan has never been interrupted. It has always been right on target. His plan is simple: He will love you until you love him back, and then keep on loving you. And if you never do love him back, he will still love you and keep showing you his love. It has been the same plan since the sixth day of creation, it has been the same plan for every soul that has ever lived, it has been the same plan in every moment of eternity.

Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” So it goes for human plans; but God’s plan (singular) is always the same and never changes. He loves you despite anything you do, any plan of yours that fails, despite anything you do or think or say – he loves you. He even loves me. Some days I can’t get my head around that, especially on days when everything I think or do or say turns out stupid. Sometimes I compound my stupidity by trying to ignore his love, or by being angry with myself and everyone else. He still loves me anyway … and any way. It’s all part of The Plan. Even the painful or heartbreaking interruptions in our plans that are so difficult to deal with at time – all of these are part of The Plan.

Whatever happens, happens for and in the Love of God. When we learn to make that our plan, then all the interruptions are merely part of The Plan. Check it out: Proverbs 3:5-6. (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+3%3A5-6&version=NIV.)

I hope you can take a moment to hop over to www.aloha-friday.org. There is a short article there called “The Brick in the Parking Lot.” Read it, and then post a response about your plan for a solution to the problem presented there. This message is also posted there. And while you are visiting, please take a minute to subscribe.

Meanwhile as part of The Plan, we pray for all these intentions:
For the families and friends of everyone injured or killed in last weekend’s shooting, we ask for God’s healing touch in their lives.

For the return to college life for Jorey, who is doing so very well, we give God thanks and praise for his plan for her life.

For FO who is making remarkable progress in her battle with cancer, we thank God for her strong spirit and for his loving care. She’ll have a surgery on the 18th, so we’ll remember her especially then.

For NA who continues to find ways to be a positive force in life despite the many health problems she has dealt with all her life. God’s Plan includes her, too; she is an inspiration too all of us.

For people and places all over the world getting slammed by the weather, we pray God will show them the way to patience and strength.

For the billions suffering from famine, disease, oppression, terror, war, fear, and abandonment, we pray that God’s Love will be a comfort to them every moment of every day.

For all of the people that willingly help those suffering – directly or indirectly – we pray that the blessing from their help will be multiplied in the lives of those they help.

For those who fear that cannot or should not be forgiven, we pray they will find that God’s Mercy exceeds all their fears and that he indeed says to them, “Their sins and their evildoing I will remember no more.”

And for all the Moon Beam Network, we pray that our prayers will help everyone’s plans to harmonize with The Plan.

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever — at your service, Beloved!
Age Quod Agis.

chick

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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