In the Beatles song Elanor Rigby, it states, “All the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people Where do they all belong?” With billions of people in the world why are there so many lonely people?
When the girls were growing up, for Christmas one year they received a Barbie Dream house, made of high grade, high dollar, Barbie plastic. Real pretty to the eye but not very sturdy to the touch. Too be honest I don’t know a lot about building construction, but I do know any building needs a solid foundation to remain standing. The foundation is the base upon which everything is built.
It’s hard for me to believe, but our house is nineteen years old this year, and one of the things we’re discovering is, it needs some repairs, it needs updating. It’s a lot like our lives, maybe it’s time for some remodeling, we’ve all fallen short and need some fixing up.
There is a story that has been around for a long while. I don't know where it's from. A long time ago, there was a carpenter, a master carpenter. He went into the house-building business, and he built great houses.
I want to talk about a single verse in the Christmas story, about really just one single, very powerful little word in that verse. It was actually a promise made by the prophet Isaiah a long time earlier when he said, "The young woman will be with child..." That's Jesus. "...and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, "which means God with us.
For the past eighteen years Robin and I have resided at the same residence, we built our dream home on what we thought was the perfect lot, little did we know, the lot was home to an old creek bed filled with silt like clay. It’s was deemed unbuildable unless we dug out the clay and brought in good soil to assure a solid foundation.
This never gets old to me, so I want to share with you once again. Erma Bombeck tells of God in the act of creating mothers. She says that on the day God created mothers He had already worked long overtime. And an angel said to Him, "Lord, you sure are spending a lot of time on this one."
This past week as I was driving by a gated community, it started me thinking about Jesus’ quote, Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
I’ve discovered, all relationships require work and effort, whether it's marriage, parenthood, even friendship. Even the relationships with our beloved pets take time and effort. And when I don't give them the attention and the affection they need or deserve, I just feel guilty and deflated.