Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bread for the Journey

 
 I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

I remember learning and memorizing this verse in my early teens, many years ago...lots has happened in between, and all I can say is that this promise is alive and we must stand strong and remain steadfast to God's word.

Our family  has just finished celebrating a 100th birthday.  During this week I have been able to take the time to read memoirs and  reflect about what our father and grandfather has been able to contribute both to his church and his community.   When I think back to the diversity and challenges that he endured during the war time, he remained steadfast to his belief.  During the 100th celebration he was asked a question, "What is your favorite motto?" 
And he answered 'Gott kann' meaning 'God can.'  Two very simple words, short and to the point.

We are faced with  challenges daily...in the work world, in the family, in our belief/value system, our government system.  Times have changed dramatically over the past 100 years.
I remember way back...when I was a young mom, I felt overwhelmed at times with three little tots running around.  It was then that an older lady reached out and said to me, "Little children, little problems, big children, big problems."  Little did I know what that meant. Now I am older just like the lady who reached out to me and can identify with her words.
During the weekend, we listened to stories from young and old.  It's not always easy to stand and listen to  younger nieces or nephews sharing their crisis in there lives.  What do we do when we discover drugs in the home, a child being hospitalized, a child has been arrested, a child chooses different values, depression sets in, broken relationships, driving under the influence of alcohol and the list goes on.
 As they shared their stories, we all started using Papa's / Opa's motto:  God Can!  As the families left,  we smiled and waved and did not say good bye, but rather, "GOD CAN!" These words have been etched in our hearts forever. Two simple short words!
Let's continue to envision life from God's perspective, not our own and focus on what we know we need to do, keep our priorities on track, fill that empty void with God's word and continue to trust in God as our source of power.
    I am so encouraged to know that the same faith that our father, our grandfather, our great grandfather has handed down to future generations still holds strong for us today, and I hope that whatever you are experiencing, wherever you are, that you too can echo the same words.  "GOD CAN!"


    12 comments:

    1. Thanks Marg, that was perfect! 100 years, 2 words, 1 God...faith, hope and love. Exactly what our families need.

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    2. Thank you again. It is always an inspiration to read the messages-God can is a truth we must keep etched in our hearts and minds!

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    3. Marg, thanks for being real here today. That lady years ago who spoke those words to you was seasoned in life experiences no doubt. Those words help far more truth than you and I could have known as young moms. How precious that you as a family could hear stories this weekend of God's faithfulness and that He is able....He can. What a beautiful message here today.

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    4. Marg, thanks for being real here today. That lady years ago who spoke those words to you was seasoned in life experiences no doubt. Those words help far more truth than you and I could have known as young moms. How precious that you as a family could hear stories this weekend of God's faithfulness and that He is able....He can. What a beautiful message here today.

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    5. Praise be to the Lord! I too am soooo thankful for my Godly heritage-what a legacy to follow but remembering God Can and Does helps us to continue on with His Power and Strength through much prayer and reading of His Precious Word. Amen and thank you again.

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    6. Amen to Gott kann!! Times HAVE changed oh so dramatically and it's true that much wisdom comes with age. How wonderful to celebrate such a special birthday and gentleman!

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    8. Thank you Marg for sharing these sincere words of encouragement. I too remember learning and memorizing this verse in my early teens. I cling to them wholly and completely. The two quotes you shared: "Gott kann" & "little children, little problems, big children, big problems" were often uttered my mom in German and English during my growing up years and also when I was a young mom. I have spoken the same to our children throughout their lives through many challenges and now that they are adults, I continue to pray that they will claim these words in their hearts and minds.

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    9. Wonderful post! Thanks for the reminder.

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    10. God Can and Does when we ask in faith. Thank you for the reminder!

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    11. Very touching. Thank you as I truely needed some words of wisdom lately.

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