The Deadly Chill of Denial

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Well, winter refuses to loosen its grip on us.  Today, three converging storm systems are creating treacherous conditions on the roads, and underfoot.  The return of cold air is not welcome by many of us; we have enjoyed spring-like weather throughout our Ontario winter, so this is definitely not welcome.  It is not a surprise.  Each March into April, we are often surprised by severe weather.  Nevertheless, we long for its departure.

The denial of Jesus by those He trusted, must have felt like a cold blast.  He was rejected and led away to His death after the kiss that Judas deposited upon His cheek.  It was a ultimate denunciation.  He was betrayed by a friend.  It must have felt like a frigid hug: treacherous and cruel.

Mark 14:44-45 Judas had told them (the chief priests, leaders and teachers of the Law) ahead of time.  “Arrest the man I greet with a kiss.  Tie Him tight and lead Him away.”  Judas walked right up to Jesus and said, “Teacher!”  Then Judas kissed him, and the men grabbed Jesus and arrested Him.” (CEV)

In the final moments, even Peter denied knowledge of Him. Mark 14:66-72

The cold reality of life is that some of us will, suffer the same cold indifference from people we thought we could trust.   Unfortunately, that’s life.  When it happens, we experience deep and utter astonishment.  I know, because it has happened to me.

The Canadian winter can be treacherous with its diverse weather systems.  We can never be quite sure what each day will bring.  Despite this uncertainty, we hold onto the promise of warmer days ahead, just as Jesus looked forward to His life beyond the cruelty of the cross.

I pray that you will have a blessed Easter.  That you will be blessed by true friendship and love.  That you will not be subjected to the humiliation of rejection as Jesus was.

Patricia

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The Ketchup Debate

Just a thought.

Re: FRENCH’S Ketchup.

I heard recently that French’s only uses Canadian tomatoes. So, Canadian farmers benefit – which is good. However, they (Frenchs) produce their ketchup in the states.

PC buy their tomatoes in the states but produce their ketchup in Canada!

Heinz, of course, have pulled out of Leamington altogether and use tomatoes from the states, they also produce their ketchup out of Canada.

The questions posed, therefore, are these:

  1. Which company gives Canadians the best deal?
  2. Which gives work to more Canadians.
  3. Which company produces the tastiest product?
  4. Which product has the least amount of preservatives, and additives

Precious

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1 Peter 2:4  Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious.  NKJV

If we are completely honest with ourselves, we have all done things that we regret.  We have been, and probably still are, judged by others.  This can cause us to withdraw.  We feel guilty.  We consider ourselves worthless.  Yet, the Bible clearly defines each one of us as a person of great value to God.

Don’t be dejected if you have make bad choices in life.  We, as humans, are not perfect.  It is not the end of the world.

We are not placed on earth to please mankind, but God alone.  Oh, we should care about one another but not place anyone on a pedestal.

The trouble is that the world and all its demands and criticisms tend to creep in and mislead us – even the strongest of us.

When we make bad choices, the guilt can be insurmountable.  It continually reminds us of our wrong.  To rid ourselves of such emotional torture we need to accept our wrongdoing, ask God’s forgiveness, then forgive ourselves.  The latter is not easy to do.  After all, our misdemeanours like to haunt us.

The Bible is clear – ‘you are precious’ it tells us, and the Bible is truth.

Go on – say it out loud – ‘I AM PRECIOUS.’  Then – believe it.

God thinks you are, so why don’t you?

Psalm 118:8  It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.  NKJV

Prayer:  Abba, help us to forgive ourselves as you forgive us.  Help us to realize that we truly are precious, in Your eyes.  Amen.