Answering the Call, The Doctor Who Made Africa His Life

Ken Gire has written a very interesting book about the life of Albert Schweitzer.

The book tells of a man who was extremely intelligent, and would be considered a success in multiple areas. He had degrees and knowledge of philosophy, music, and medicine.

He used his knowledge to help those who did not have the health services they needed to survive in a rough environment: Africa.

Albert Schweitzer lived through World War 1 and World War 2. He was considered a prisoner of war during the First War and he had to leave his work at the hospital to be imprisoned.

He also had to leave his work to raise money to continue the hospital’s work several times.

In addition to working in establishing the hospital, playing concerts, lecturing at universities, he also was a writer.

Albert Schweitzer not only helped people during his lifetime, his life continues to inspire people today through foundations named for him, the hospital he established, and his influence on others that was profound.

This book can be purchased at: ChristianBooks.com – at least at the time of this writing. It is not an affiliate link.

The Unfinished Playhouse

When I was a little girl, my dad was in the process of building me an outdoor playhouse. However, before it was ever built, he and my mom divorced, and he moved away.

The unfinished playhouse was later torn down.

Sometimes, we have things in our lives that are unfinished that hang around in the back of our minds. This is true, I think, especially for people who have a “completer” personality. Unfinished projects are things I just hate.

When I bring something home, like a plant, I have to put it in the ground the day I bring it home.

Jesus said:

Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also. (John 14: 1-3 CEB)

He is preparing a room for us.

We may sing about mansions on a hilltop, but it’s not there in the Bible. We won’t be living by ourselves in a big mansion. We will be living in the same place as Jesus. We will have a place with him.

There won’t be incomplete rooms, loneliness, unfulfilled things that just never got completed there.

There will be rooms there, and we can go there to be with Jesus in His Father’s house.

Did you notice that there are “many rooms?” So, there’s room for you, too.

And don’t be disappointed if you wanted a mansion. I’m sure a room in God’s house will be a lot fancier than some mansion on a hilltop.

If you would like to learn more about the Bible, sign up at Bible & English Lessons or you could go to World Bible School. The first link is for learning English using the Bible as text. The second one is based solely on the Bible.

Note: I’m one of the volunteer teachers at World English Institute, but I do not currently teach with World Bible School, although I have in the past.

Evening Prayer

Father in heaven,

Thank you for giving us a time each day to stop and rest, sleeping, to help give us a new start for the next day, a break from one day to the next.

We don’t have to wait until a new year to start over. After all:

Lamentations 3:22-23 (CEB)

Certainly, the faithful love of the LORD hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through!

They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.

Thank you for a new perspective with the new morning.

Help us to see your love in each new day.

We wait expectantly.

Through Jesus,

who was so tired once he fell asleep in a storm!

 

 

God Begins with Nothing, and Makes Something Beautiful

In the beginning there was nothing. Then God decides to do something.

We can’t really comprehend the “then,” because with God there is no time.

He created time itself. Time is best understood by the effect that it makes on things.

The Spirit of God is like that, too. In the very beginning we see the effect of the Spirit hovering over creation, just like a mom who hovers over her children, or perhaps like the mother hen that hovers over her chicks.

She wants them to turn out well. She wants to protect them, to see them grow.

The nothing became something. It was good the Bible says in Genesis 1.

At least it started out that way.

When you read through the Bible, it is telling you something about God. It is something that God wants you to know about him. When we understand God better, it can change things in our lives.

Genesis tells us that God is a dreamer. He doesn’t stop with dreams, though. He takes his dreams, and he does something with them. He is so powerful that he says something, and it happens.

Words are important.

God created us to be like him. He created us in his image.

We can create wonderful things with our words. We can encourage people who are down. We can lift them up.

What words can you use to create something good in someone’s life?

Who can you encourage today?

Things started out wonderful at first. We can use our words to bring back some of the beautiful things that God wanted in our world.

If you need some encouragement, try prayer. I’ll try to write more about it later, but here’s a simple thing to do to start. Just use your words to talk to God. Talk to God as a friend.

The book of Psalms is a great book to read to see how honest you can be with God. The Psalms can be shocking if you haven’t read them before. The people praying there say things to God that a religious person may say you can’t say to God.

Why not?

If God knows what you’re thinking, don’t you think it is OK to say it to him? You can learn more about prayer as you grow in your knowledge of God, but being honest with him is a good place to start in the beginning.

He started with nothing. He made something beautiful.

Since he can do that with nothing, he can do beautiful things in our lives, too.