where have I been

I recently heard that the first way to lose blog readers is to not blog.  Brilliant.  In by bogged downedness I blog lessedness.  So my taking a month off has surely made this post worthless… can I find a reader?

Well, just in case a bloggerby stops in (in addition to my tech saavy grandma), perhaps I should post a prayer update.

I have been to the mountains for five days, virtually alone.  I journaled, slept, read, hiked, yelled at the rocks and trees, and bowed my knees before a Creator who reminded me that he alone makes the trees sway.  More than that.  He moves me.  He did so in the woods.  I came to a stop in the woods… Haven’t stopped like that in 10 years.  Seriously.  O, and I was in the woods as the speaker/preacher for a camp of Lehigh University college students.  I gave six 45 minute sermons, and they gave me five days of rest and rediscovery.  Thanks to God.

I came back from the mountains.  I struggled.  God, you are good – so good to expose me to your grandeur in the hollowed hills, then to  expose me to myself and my need for a God as glorious and merciful as YOU.  I have been back for 2 weeks now, and I am amazed at my stress, anxiety, busyness and well… wrestling match to remember the God of creation who communed with me in the quiet winds of the woods.  I know now why mountaneering is worshipful.

I went to the NJ shore with my family.  Thanks to God for community and friends – laughter on the roof top under the stars.  Playing with the kids in the sand.  Suddenly all three of my kids love finding and holding crabs.  A long way since last year…

I came back from the shore.  I struggled.  God, you are good – so good to expose me to your grandeur through the magnificent ocean, then to  expose me to myself and my need for a God as glorious and merciful as YOU.  I have been back for 2 days now, and I am amazed at my stress, anxiety, busyness and well… wrestling match to remember the God of creation who communed with me through my family on the shore.  I know now why beach vacations are worshipful.  (deja vu, I know)

Apologies for my bloglessness.  God is continuing the good work he has begun in me – in my family – at West Valley PCA.  He is making us feel our need for Christ… “the only fitness he requires of us is to feel our need of him” (Come Ye Sinner Poor and Needy).  But our immaturity and Satan’s devouring presence lay close at hand.  O God have mercy as you show us the powerful KINGSHIP of Christ over our hearts, our heads, our happenings.

Since blogging is clearly slow… If you desire to check into my oral “writing” that I actually spend time on each week,  visit www.westvalleypres.org for sermons on Ecclesiastes. 

This weakchristian is dependent evermore on a strong Savior and King.  Sorry for my failure to devotionalize on this blog site.  Some stressful seasons don’t allow for time… even more, they don’t need public blogging so much as private journaling and gospel-dependent prayer.

Much love to my family and praying friends.  A formal “prayerletter” from a West Valley PCA coming soon!

jim

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2 thoughts on “where have I been

  1. Ed says:

    Hello Jim,
    Just a short note to say Thank you for your blog. I enjoyed reading you and have prayed in agreement with your requests. I was tired from my work and just googled some key words on Christianity and Ecclesiastes and found your blog. I am writing from Arabia deployed with the USAF fighting wars. I took the oath under President Carter, seems like a long time ago, also seems just like yesterday. Jesus rescued me 29 years ago while in College. He found me when I wasn’t looking for Him. We live with an AWESOME God! I hope you keep encouraging the flock there in PA to read the classics like Calvin, and like the Puritans. As a father of seven, and a commander of thousands, there is NO PLACE LIKE THE CROSS, my sinful self my only shame, my glory all THE CROSS. Another tired and weak Christian desparate for the King – because nobody can do anything good without The King.

    • weakchristian says:

      Ed,
      this is one of the most encouraging things I have read of late. Thank you for your honesty, your prayers, and your love of Christ the KING. If you don’t mind, I have planned to share this comment with our congregation on my final exposition of Ecclesiastes (coming up in the next month). That a believer in Christ would google Ecclesiastes, knowing the hope of the gospel in a broken-world-under-the-sun is a testament to how God would have us hide his Word in our hearts and so return to it! I pray our fledgling body of new and old (all equally broken but gloriously-made-righteous) believers, plus some continually present skeptics who have found Qohelet to be engaging, will know the power and purpose of the Word of God in Ecclesiastes… to drive us to the CROSS! thanks for your words brother, and may God be glorified in you as you love your family and lead thousands in this broken world that needs Christ our King.

      dependently weak with you, while gloriously strong in the gospel-
      jim

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