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The writings of Eileen Parsons

Greater Than the Grains of Sand

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Articles | 3 comments

Greater Than the Grains of Sand

“How precious to me are Your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I awake, I am with you.”  Psalm 139:17-18

 

 

Do you ever wonder what God sees in you?  Or, what He sees in any of us, really?  I do.  I look in the mirror and wonder “what is there about this face and this personality that makes God think about me?  Who am I, that God would even WANT to think about me?” (more…)

Calm in the Storm

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Articles | 4 comments

Calm in the Storm

Lightning streaked across the sky.  Thunder rumbled in the distance.  The rain didn’t come, but the humidity rose steadily, promising rain would come.  It was well after two in the morning, but I couldn’t sleep.  Sitting on the living room floor in front of the French doors that lead to my deck, with my terrified dog resting her head in my lap, I watched the seemingly endless lightning flashing through the dark. (more…)

From Sunrise to Sunset

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

From Sunrise to Sunset

 

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.

Psalm 113:3

 

 

I don’t witness too many sunrises.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t like to see the sun rise.  It’s an incredible way to start the day.  The truth is – I’m not a morning person.  I don’t sleep well at night.  It’s common for me to see the digits on the nightstand clock change to 2 and sometimes even 3 am.  If I do happen to drift off at a reasonable hour, I will unfailing awaken around midnight and lay in bed, staring at the ceiling until 3 or 4 then drift back into sleep.  So, my days usually start around 8:30 or 9 am (or 9:30 or 10 or…you get the picture).  By then, the sun has already dawned, awakened nature and a new day. (more…)

Giving Him Back to God

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Articles | 4 comments

Giving Him Back to God

Laughter and conversation filled the room as we waited for the graduates to file in.  It didn’t seem possible that four years had passed – four years of dorm rooms, vacation visits, exams, summer employment, four years of preparation for the career and future God had planned. (more…)

Running Water

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Articles | 1 comment

Running Water

Gurgles and groans shouted from the spout.  I had pumped soap into my hand, turned the handle and expected water.  Instead, it was a series of burps and protests.  I also noticed that the toilet tank wasn’t filling with water.

 

“Great,” I thought.  “The water isn’t working.”

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Reconciling the Grave

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Articles | 1 comment

Reconciling the Grave

It’s quiet.  Birdsong rides on the gentle breeze rustling the leaves.  The sun is a faint glow in the east, not yet ready to dawn the day.  The women speak in hushed voices, their whispers filled with sadness and longing.  “Who will roll the stone away?” they wonder.  “It’s too heavy for us.”

 

What is it about graveyards that make people whisper?  (more…)

Through the Desert to the Garden

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

Through the Desert to the Garden

The sun emblazoned the crystals of sand.  Any breath of breeze picked up the sand and carried it along, throwing it into my face before swirling it across the expanse.  The heat pressed down on me, and my thirst was overwhelming.  I knew I wasn’t alone.  Turning my head to the right, I sensed a friend.  To the left – apprehension, fear.  I couldn’t, however, see anyone.  Pulling my legs up to my chest and resting my head against my knees, I whispered, “Lord, what’s going on?  Where am I and why am I here?” (more…)

May I Introduce Him?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

May I Introduce Him?

“I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”  And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.”  Isaiah 6:1-4

 

 

I can only imagine the terror, awe, shock Isaiah experienced as he stood before the throne of God.  Angels cry “holy, holy, holy” incessantly before Him.  The throne room shakes and fills with smoke as the worship rises to the Lord.  Isaiah cried out “I am unclean, a man of unclean lips, a man of an unclean people,” at the sight of Him.  He recognizes that he is unworthy to even be in the presence of such a mighty being as God. (more…)

Sweet Gratitude and Joy

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Sweet Gratitude and Joy

Yesterday was the first day of autumn.  The leaves started their turn a few weeks ago.  The trees around the house have been dropping seedlings and tiny berries since early September.  (During the night, it sounds like hail pounding the roof!)  The nights are cool, cool enough to fire up the furnace.  The squirrels are growing their fluffy tails to keep them warm during the winter that is soon to come.  They scamper around the yard, competing with the chipmunks for the best morsels to store away in their nests.  All the signs of the change of seasons are here.  (more…)

Calling Lazarus – and Us

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Calling Lazarus – and Us

His friend was dying.  Messengers had arrived from Bethany with the news, “Come quickly, Jesus.  Lazarus is sick.”

 

He waited.  Two days.  By the time Jesus returned to Bethany, Lazarus had been dead four days.  (more…)