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Blog 299 for December 31, 2022




Daily Rules from God for 2023



If we really want to experience a great New Year, we must go to the source that will make it all possible. Our Lord gives us seven daily keys to live by in 2023. 


  1. WAKE UP 

  • Decide you are going to have a good day. Psalm 118:24 “Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." 


  • The best way to dress up is to put on a  smile. It is a very inexpensive way to improve your looks. I Samuel 16:7 “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

  1. SHUT UP

  • Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. Proverbs 13:3 “He who guards his lips guards his soul.”

  1. STAND UP 

  • Stand for what you believe in. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” 

  1. LOOK UP

  • Look up to the Lord.  Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

  1.  REACH UP 

  • Reach up for something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 

  1.  LIFT UP

  • Lift up your prayers “Do not worry about anything; pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6


(God answers knee mail.)




Charles Kirby










 At Christmas



We have before us the most inspiring description of the greatest race that could ever be run. All of us can be enrolled in this race. We should accept this challenge to cross the finish line in triumphant victory. The writer is outlining this great race for us. It involves 6 things…


1.      PEOPLE

“We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.”

            *The cloud is swelling!


2.     PROBLEM

“Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily       

ensnares us.”



“Let us run with endurance (Patience) in the race that is set before us.”

*Patience in running this race inspires an enduring spirit. 



         “Looking unto Jesus.”

         *Our daily focus should be on Jesus.  



“Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising  the shame.”

 * Our Lord’s joy was from the change that His death, burial and resurrection would bring to all humanity.


6.     POWER 

        “And has set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

 *The interceding power of our Lord is sufficient to meet every need in our



Here at Christmas time is the ideal time to make a new commitment to our Lord. He came into this world to give Himself to each one of us. There is no greater gift ever given than this amazing gift! Have you given yourself to Him without reservation? MERRY CHRISTMAS!



Charles Kirby













Blog 297 for December 17, 2022



The Happy Hope in Perplexing Times



 The Apostle Paul wrote in Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Even though God’s children may disagree as to the time of our Lord’s return, there can be no disagreement regarding the fact of His return. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that they must “wait for God’s Son from heaven,” and that “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven.” (I Thess. 10; 4:16) Every born-again believer should be looking for that blessed hope!  As I have been studying this Scripture there are three things we should consider: 



 Many passages in the New Testament clearly indicate that the hope of the Church is the return of Christ.  We are admonished to wait for the return of Christ. 



V. 13 “that blessed hope”

The character of our hope is bound up in that word “blessed” or “happy”

There is the prospect of a happy rapture when we shall meet the Lord in the air -

I Thess. 4:17.  This will be the happiest moment in the believer’s experience when we can look unashamed into the face of our Savior. Then follows a review of the believer’s life and service at the judgment seat of Christ when we shall receive the due reward of our deeds, and happy reunion at the marriage supper of the Lamb.



 Those of us who are looking for this appearance should prove it In our lives by

living “soberly, righteously and godly in this present world."  Every soul is saved to serve, and failure to fulfill this calling will mean unspeakable shame and loss when Jesus comes.  Let us ask ourselves the question, Are we Ready for His return?  Are we doing anything to prepare others for His return?



“This same Jesus…shall come” Acts 1:11



Charles Kirby




























Blog 296 for December 10, 2022










Looking back over the years as we are getting close to another Christmas, the years have been packed full of exciting events in my life. It is hard to believe, but I have celebrated my 85th birthday. In all of my 85 years, I have never thought about anything but preaching. It all started when I was a kid preaching to the cows and to Patsy, our beautiful horse, in the barnyard. That is all I really wanted to do. I have never identified with my preacher friends that have dreamed of the day when they could retire. I never made retirement plans, because that was the last thing on my mind. Two things consumed my life for 58 years, my churches across America where I preached, and my dear wife Bess. We were a team, and really in love with the pastoral ministry. 


In my pastoral report to the district assembly every year, I told the crowd I was in love with my ministry, and really meant it. That was the reason I never wanted to be a district superintendent. While some of my pastoral friends dreamed of the day when that opportunity would come for them, that would have been a big demotion for me. 


While serving as a pastor, one of the wonderful joys was preaching across America and Canada on church growth. My Lord gave me several messages to inspire and instruct the pastors. The Holy Spirit really used these messages to awaken and to arouse the people. I preached in a large number of churches for several years. Our Lord sure put His anointing Spirit on these special ministries.


The Joy of the Lord is our strength!



Charles Kirby










Blog 294 for December 3, 2022



The way we should be living

as we are ending another year



We have come to a time in our world when people who name the name of Christ must be willing to take a stand with firm, uncompromising convictions and persuasions. It must be based on the Word of God and not on some denominational dogmas and tenets. It will govern the way we should be living in these last days. Paul the Apostle gives us three guidelines here in Philippians as to how we should be living as we face another new year.



“Stand fast {firm} in one spirit” V. 27


  • When we are standing fast in one spirit and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be dependable. That is the opposite of fickle. 
  •  Constant in season and out of season, whether the challenge we face is favorable or unfavorable. Never wavering Christians down through history have made the greatest impact  for Christ. 


“With one mind striving together for the faith..." V. 27


  •  It is a wonderful thing when the family of God works and ministers together in harmony . It brings great glory to our Lord and His kingdom.  
  • Division and strife dishonor Him and His great cause. Picking up pieces and mending fences because of one person or a group of people is not very pleasant. 
  •  It just might be up to you to help unite people around a special situation or challenge. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”


  “Not in any way terrified by your adversaries” V. 28


  • The work of Christ on this earth and in His Church exists today because people fought for this faith. Struggle and persecution could not scare them away. They never gave up and abandoned hope. 

  • That places the challenge at the “Front Door” of our Christian profession. The big question is this: Are we willing to pay the price to pass on to those coming behind what we have enjoyed as followers of Christ?

  • Our adversary, the Devil, is having a heyday with preachers, Gospel singers, deacons and leaders in the Church of today. God will help us to finish well and to cross the finish line in glorious victory! 


We are on the winning side!




Charles Kirby









Blog 293 for November 26, 2022






Psalm 119:71-72 “My troubles turned out all for the best…they forced me to learn from your textbook. Truth from your mouth means more to me than striking it rich in a gold mine.” (MSG)



Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you, depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They act foolishly and resent their problems rather than pause to consider what benefit they might bring. Here are some ways God wants to use problems in your life. 


  • Sometimes God must light a fire under you and me to get us moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change our ways. Is God trying to get our attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.” {Proverbs 20:30}




  • People are like tea bags. If you want to know what is inside, then just drop them in hot water. Has God ever tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about us? “When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test our faith, and this will give you patience.” James 1:2-3 (NCV)




  • Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than in your comfort. There are only 2 things you are going to take with you into eternity…

  • Your relationship

  • Your character


Conclusion: Here is the point in this message: God is at work in your life…even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it is much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.




Charles Kirby






Blog 292 for November 19, 2022



Still Remembering Thanksgiving Past



Growing up in the hills of West Tennessee, Thanksgiving Day was always an exciting day for me.  It was the day reserved for rabbit hunting.  The day was always hosted by my uncle Edwin and Aunt Ruby Cooper, along with my four Cooper cousins.  They lived on a large country farm near Henderson, Tennessee.  It was a perfect place for rabbit hunting, and every year was an outstanding experience.  My memory has failed me concerning the most exciting rabbit hunting days of them all through the years.  As a matter of fact, I don’t even remember how old I was back then, but I think I was around 10.  My dad thought I was old enough to take an automatic twenty-two rifle hunting on this particular day, and what a day!  I will always be glad I didn’t miss it.


When we began the day, it was a warm day with sunshine.  I remember we spent the entire morning with very little success.  I was thrilled when Uncle Edwin said it was about time for lunch and we could take a break.  Just thinking about Aunt Ruby’s great cooking made me hungry and ready to go to the house.  To say the least, I was not disappointed.  That morning we had covered a lot of territory and I was ready for a break and some great country cooking from Aunt Ruby.  I guess the reason that meal was so great was that I was so hungry, and I did really eat.  Aunt Ruby had the best Tennessee country ham I have ever eaten.  As a matter of fact, they processed their hams in the smokehouse from the pigs they raised.  I am getting hungry just thinking about it because It is lunchtime as I am writing these lines.


While we were eating and visiting around the table, something was happening on the outside that we were not aware of.  The weather had quickly changed and the temperature had dropped until it started to sleet and then snow, and it was heavy snow that quickly covered the ground.  Not very far from the house, there was a large thicket of bushes and undergrowth.  Someone in the group said rabbits may have gone in there to escape the blizzard-like weather.  All of us circled the thicket and the hunting dogs started running rabbits in all directions.  One rabbit started toward me and I started shooting my rifle several times until a bullet hit it in the nose and it was dead.  My dad and all the gang were amazed that I had killed a rabbit with a rifle.  With all the guns shooting at running rabbits, it sounded like Cox’s army.  When we were done we counted the 52 rabbits we had killed.  Without a doubt that remains the most exciting Thanksgiving Day, I have ever experienced!  Precious memories, how they linger!



Charles Kirby








Blog 291 for November 12, 2022






Another year has come and gone. This really was a birthday unlike all the rest since it involved the big eighty-five.  My Lord has given me eighty-five years filled with His abundance of miracles and blessings. It was great to celebrate the event with a full week in the mountains, headquartered at the beautiful Majestic View cabins in Cosby, Tennessee. The mountains were ablaze with beautiful colors. What a sight!  


I really am a blessed man with so many friends! Since Bess and I have pastored 12 churches across America during 56 years of pastoral ministry, we have made a host of friends. What a treasure! Many of these have gone on to meet our Lord, and are waiting for our arrival. What a celebration we are going to have! We cannot afford to miss it. Jesus is coming for all of those that are washed and cleansed by His precious blood. Are you ready?


It really has been wonderful to read all the cards and beautiful expressions of appreciation. I am very grateful to all of you and send my love. 




Charles Kirby









Blog 290 for November 5, 2022









On Monday, October 17 at 8:57 a.m., while Bess and I were in the mountains for a week, our neighbors, Kevin and Scott, had an amazing encounter with a live water moccasin that had made itself at home in our front door entrance. When they opened the screen door to attempt to kill it, the snake had positioned itself in a thick artificial cedar bush. To say the least, they were in for a battle. They had no other choice but to attack the snake until it was dead. They left the blood on the concrete floor for us to see the results when we returned from our trip. 


The snake had come out of the canal next to our condo. We had seen black snakes before, but never water moccasins. It goes without saying, we will surely be on the lookout for its relatives. We will not put any more bushes at our entrance that might attract its relatives. 


We have no room for snakes!








Charles Kirby






Blog 299 for December 31, 2022











Bill Gaither (maybe Gloria too) wrote a song that says, “Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment today.”  What are we doing with our moments?


My eyes tear up many days as the night closes; and “What of value have I done?” How have I lived?  Did my life honor Christ? Struggling under heavy loads in years 2021 and 2022, I’m concerned about the valuable time I may have wasted.  Yes, yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come; so I must make every day count.


While I remember Charles's and my struggles as if they were yesterday, the time has moved swiftly; and here we are, one and a half years later. The bandages, whether literal or not, have been removed.  Progress has been made.  God has been faithful and brought hope, help, and healing. With another new year approaching, we anticipate more healing, as God puts lives back together, healing brokenness.


As time passes, I’m hopeful that we all (including everyone reading this blog) will strip away bitterness, unforgiveness, idleness, wasted time, brokenness, and all hindrances to a hopeful and blessed life.  Let’s put on the garment of praise.  Make our lives productive.  Strive to be a vessel of honor for our Lord and Savior, Jesus, our Messiah!


We are not promised tomorrow! So let’s make every day count.  Let’s enjoy God’s gift of today. Let’s honor HIM with our living.  No more wasting time. 

















I Chronicles 16:31 says, “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”


It is recorded that George Frideric Handel in his older years grew depressed as the glory of his earlier years passed.  One project after another failed.  Frederick the Great wrote, "Handel’s great days are over…his inspiration is exhausted.” Yet his troubles matured him, softened his sharp tongue, mellowed his temper, and his music became more heartfelt.


One morning Handel received a manuscript from Charles Jennens.  The opening words from Isaiah 40 moved Handel: ”Comfort ye, Comfort ye my people…”, and on August 22, 1741, he shut the door of his London home and started composing music for the words.  23 days later, the world had MESSIAH.


“Messiah” opened to enormous crowds on March 23, 1743.  King George II surprised everyone by leaping to his feet during the “Hallelujah Chorus."  And from that day, audiences everywhere have stood in reverence during those stirring words: HALLELUJAH!  For He shall reign forever and ever.  Would that every church had a choir large enough to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” in their Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Services.


Jesus came! He lived among us.  He took our place on Mr. Calvary. The grave could not hold Him; He arose; Hallelujah Christ arose! He ascended back to the Father. He now sits at the Father’s right hand making intercession for us.  He is coming again in clouds of glory.  And He shall reign forever and ever!


As our Cosby, TN neighbor, Steve, would often say when visiting us at our cabin. “PRAISE BE TO THE LAMB OF GOD!”  Amen.
















Blog 297 for December 17, 2022






Let’s think about God, coming in human flesh to this old world as a Baby. The Scripture says, “Unto us, a child is born…”  Eugenia Price wrote a little book entitled, “Christmas Is For Our Sake”!  How true.  And, what a blessing this little book is to me.


The hymn writers, C. Bishop and Robert Harkness, expressed it this way. 


(1) That God should love a sinner such as I…should change my sorrow into bliss, nor rest till He had planned to bring me nigh, How wonderful is love like this.


(2) That Christ should join so freely in the scheme, although it meant His death on Calvary. Did ever human tongue find nobler theme, than love divine that ransomed me.


(3) That for a willful outcast such as I, the Father planned, the Savior bled and died.  Redemption for a worthless slave to buy, who long had law and grace defied.


(4) And now He takes me to His heart a son; He asks me not to fill a servant’s place. The far-off country wanderings all are done; wide open are His arms of grace.


SUCH LOVE, SUCH WONDROUS LOVE…to think the Creator, Almighty God - became a Baby! And “Christmas is for our sake”! Eugenia Price goes on to say, “ we carry this life-changing truth with us after the tree is down and the gifts are all exchanged and the emptied fruit-cake tins washed and aired for another year?”


After December 25, as the days and the New Year pass so quickly, will we be Jesus’ “hands and feet," walking the roads of this needy old world sharing help, hope, and healing with those we encounter in our life journey? Christmas is for our sake! Christ came into the world to save sinners.  Are you saved today?  You can be. Christ’s arms are open wide to receive you.  Tell Him you are sorry for your sins. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart, and save you. Make your choice today.  Follow Jesus! Become His disciple in this messed-up world. Email me of your choice to follow Christ.  CHRISTMAS IS FOR OUR SAKE.  















Blog 296 for December 10, 2022







What difference has the Christ Child of Christmas made in your life? Has HE brought peace to your troubled soul?  Has HE filled your heart with joy?  Has HE blessed you with lots of good friends and a great family? All Christ-followers can answer, “Yes,” “Yes,” “Yes”!  He is ever making intercession to the Father for us.

Christmas is many things…It is family and friends.  It is a get-together. It is gift- giving. It is hospitality.  It is loving and sharing. Be inspired today by these quotations. (Some authors are unknown; but I wish to acknowledge them, whoever they may be.)


  1. “Happiness comes more from loving than from being loved.”

  2. “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”

  3. “Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a light in the heart.” Kahil Gibran

  4. “One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.” Archibald Ruthledge

  5. “I expect to pass through life but once.  If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, as I shall not pass this way again.” William Penn

  6. “I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” Harlen Miller

  7. “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens

  8. “At Christmas, all people smile in the same language.”

  9. “Joy comes not to him who seeks it for himself, but to him who seeks it for other people.” H.W. Sylvester

  10. “Christmas is too large to be tucked away in the toe of a child’s stocking.” Gerald Stanley Lee













Blog 294 for December 3, 2022






 The birth of JESUS is what Christmas is all about.  So I want to celebrate HIS birth.  I know there was a purpose for this BABY BOY’S life. 


  1. A time for God to dwell among us…the Divine Incarnation… Jesus incarnate.

  2. A time to be about HIS Father’s business.

  3. A time for Jesus to take upon Himself our sins and pay the penalty for those sins by hanging on a rugged cross, dying for us.

  4. A time for HIM to be buried in a borrowed tomb.

  5. A time for JESUS to rise from His borrowed tomb, 3 days later, alive and well, victorious over death, hell, and the grave.

  6. A time for HIM to ascend back to GOD, to make intercession for us.

  7. A time for Him to come again in power and great glory for those of us who love HIM…to be with HIM for all eternity.

We, too, have a purpose. Do you know your life’s purpose?  It is to prepare for JESUS’ return to earth.  How do we prepare, you ask?  You start by giving your life to Jesus…being saved…asking Him for the forgiveness of your sins…then serving Him all the days of your life, awaiting HIS return.  Serving Him is all about reading HIS instruction Book, the HOLY BIBLE; following its teachings; just as He went to the synagogue faithfully when He was on this earth; we should go faithfully to HIS Houses of Worship today.  And we should become “Fishers of Men,” that is spreading the Good News of Salvation.


To my readers, who have you told about Jesus lately? And now, the question is to me, Who have I told about Jesus lately?  Yes, let’s have a great Christmas celebration.  JESUS’ birth was but a path to Calvary. HE paid our sin debt.  WOW, what a blessed message and celebration.  MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!













Blog 293 for November 26, 2022






 (1)  HE is no respecter of persons.  He uses people like David, a shepherd boy; Moses, a man who stuttered; Simon Peter and Andrew, mere fishermen; Matthew, a tax collector; Lydia, a woman with a retail business; Mary, the mother of Jesus, a teenager; Daniel, a dreamer.  Now add your name to the list. No one is excluded. I’m adding my name to the list; Bess, a simple helper. 



(2)  HE answers all sorts of prayers.  In Matthew 8, Jesus said to the leper, “I am willing; be cleansed.”  He rebukes the winds and calms the sea.  And to the Centurion, Jesus said, “I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel."  In Matthew 9, Jesus said to the man sick of the palsy, “Arise and walk." For what are you praying? HE can do anything. I’m praying for the completion of a difficult journey. Add your prayer request.  HE’S the same yesterday, today, and in all the tomorrows.



(3)  HE performs all types of miracles.  In Matthew 8, HE healed a leper and a demon-possessed man, a paralyzed servant, and a fevered mother, and HE calmed a great tempest.  In Matthew 9, Jesus healed a paralytic, raised a dead daughter, healed a woman with an issue of blood, and opened the eyes of a blind man. As you reflect on your past miracles, praise HIM. And, whatever your miracle need is today, pray, believe; and rest assured that God has a wonderful answer for you. I’ve already turned in my miracle request. What a comfort to know and love our God.



WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE.  He can hear our prayers and answer them.  He can send a miracle our way from His throne room. He is our awesome LORD.  Give Him praise today!  I am praising Him right now.  HE is so worthy of our praise.   











Blog 292 for November 19, 2022






 DON’T YOU JUST LOVE THE FALL SEASON, the beautiful change of colors, the time to harvest the crops, and the time to gather the family around the table for that Thanksgiving spread?



I’m so sorry to tell you, but I have never had a major garden; never plowed the ground; worked the soil for planting; nor even planted or watched it grow.  And, as far as I remember, my folks only had one small garden one season.  So I never grew up knowing much about what it takes to have a great harvest; the in-between events of the growing season.  But I’ve learned many things through the years about what it takes for a successful conclusion…that is, from the cradle to the grave; from the garden to the dinner table; and from youth to old age.


While all of us enjoy the Thanksgiving meal together with family and friends, may we be reminded of the great harvest time “when all God’s children get home”...HIS table spread.


My advice to you and me in this life journey is (1) To read and study God’s Word  (2) To pray much and believe and (3) To make the necessary corrections called for…so that, when it’s “Harvest Time” for our lives, we will have on the wedding garment. 


May we be ready to meet Jesus, our Messiah, and join in crowning HIM, Lord of all. 













Blog 291 for November 12, 2022






          Collections/Things of Earth


Do you have a collection of things you enjoy?  Yes, I do.   However, I’m getting tired of some of them, though some still bring me joy.


Throughout my married life (62 years) I have begun several collections; some of which never lasted long, such as my china cups and saucers. I have very few. Some of my collections have been given to me, such as Precious Moments, miniature angels; and some Christmas Carolers. Here are the other collections I have; Beanie Babies; Teddy Bears  (not the famous ones found in my Teddy Bear Encyclopedia);  Thread Bears (They are my favorite) and they are not even listed in the Teddy Bear Encyclopedia; Christmas Houses/Villages, (I enjoy these at Christmas time.)  Would “stuff” count as a collection?  I have a bunch of stuff.  Much of this I would like to sell to anyone who is interested or even give some away.


One of my favorite collections, the “Thread Bears,” is an interesting family of Bears.  I don’t have too many; nor can I find them anymore. They play ball, go to school, play instruments, read the local paper, etc.  They are family.



I do consider myself out of the collecting business,  I have more than enough stuff!  I want to downsize.  As I write this, I’ve been reminded of the chorus which says,



“Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face; and THE THINGS OF EARTH WILL GROW STRANGELY DIM, in the light of His glory and grace.”


I think age has a lot to do with the desire to downsize…as we get closer to leaving this world and going HOME, where we will live forever.  No stuff to worry about there. What a precious thought.  I guess the moral to this blog is: to not get too attached to things; let go of things and pick up our wings for “going home."  Home is where the heart is, and my heart is turning toward my heavenly home. Be blessed.  God loves you and so do I.  











Blog 290 for November 5, 2022






Do you like to explore trails? Well, for sure, trails lead to somewhere or to someone.  Let me share a funny family “trail” story.


Our son has been staying with us for a while. I kept seeing little spots on the kitchen, dining room, and hallway tile floors.  I wondered what it was, and I wanted to follow the trail.  Of course, it was “sweet” tea droplets.  The trail started at the refrigerator door, then across toward the counter and sinks; then into the dining room, onto the hallway, and stopped at the stairs. (If any dropped on his way upstairs to his bedroom, you couldn’t tell because of the dark plaid carpet on the stairs and in the upstairs bedrooms.)  Our family trail turned out to be a “tea” trail; the culprit was our son.  No problem, but let’s be careful, don’t fill the glass too full, etc. and etc. That “Trail of Tea” took us to its conclusion.


I’m reminded of another trail.  It’s the “Trail of Tears.” Lots of people are crying today for all sorts of reasons. I’m so glad we have a Gentle Shepherd to care for us.  And, what a comfort to know that tears are a language our Shepherd understands.




I’ve been reading about the historical Cherokee Trail of Tears,  designated a National Historic Trail.  This was when the U.S. Government forced the North American Indian Tribes to move from their homelands in the Southern U.S. to Indian Territory in the early 1800s. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 resulted in the forced relocation of over 15,000 Cherokee people, a third of whom died during the journey. This Cherokee Trail of Tears is considered one of the most regrettable episodes in American History. In the enforcement of moving them to Oklahoma, almost 4,000 died along the way.  My, my, my! No doubt about it, tears must have flowed.


Many folks today are facing deep hurt, great harm, and even severe persecution, as crime is all around us.  Sin and degradation march on Main Street.  Yes, tears are flowing.  It seems as if the whole world is sinking lower and lower into the pit of darkness and damnation.  I’m asking the question today: Where do our trails lead us today?  Hopefully, to a good conclusion!


If you are crying today, remember to choose God’s way.  HIS Trail can bring you to a good place, a place of peace, a place of rest, a place of help and hope. Listen to these words that Gordon Jensen wrote. 


“Often you’ve wondered why tears come into your eyes when burdens seem to be much more than you can stand.  But God is standing near. He sees your falling tears. Tears are a language God understands. 


When grief has left you low, it causes tears to flow, and things have not turned out the way that you had planned. But God won’t forget you, His promises are true.  Tears are a language God understands.


God sees the tears of a broken-hearted soul.  He sees your tears and hears them when they fall.  God weeps along with man and takes him by the hand. Tears are a language God understands.”


Get on the right trail today…the Glory Train…the Green Pasture. Leave the trail of tears. Go God’s way, for tears are truly a language God understands.