Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Come Sit Awhile: The Front Porch

Come Sit Awhile: The Front Porch
- Roy Lessin

The shade provided by a porch brings great relief as we seek shelter from the strong rays of the summer’s sun. God’s loving presence is also our protective covering, providing us with the needed relief and shelter from the trials and difficulties we face in life.
“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat…..”
Isaiah 25:4 NIV
There are front porches and back porches…side porches and wrap-around porches…screened porches and open porches…country porches and city porches…lake porches and ocean porches. The important thing about a porch is not its size, type, or location, but its usage. Porches need people to pass by, to walk through, and to sit down and linger awhile.
A porch is so hospitable that even a pair of dirty boots can find a welcomed place to land.
The best meal you can enjoy on a porch is when love is passed from heart, to heart, to heart.
“Love never fails.” 1 Cor. 13:8 NIV

When our hearts are heavy, love comforts us…when our hearts are fearful, love assures us…when our hearts are anxious, love quiets us…when our hearts are restless, love keeps us…when our hearts our troubled, love calms us…when our hearts are downcast, love lifts us—for love never fails.
The front porch provides the perfect climate for visiting, sharing, listening and caring.
Love turns a house into a home…grace turns a home into a haven.
“Then those who feared and loved the Lord spoke often of him to each other. And he had a Book of Remembrance drawn up in which he recorded the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him.” Malachi 3:16 TLB
“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 KJV
There’s a blessing in the sunshine,
And in the morning dew.
But one of my greatest blessings
Is the time I spend with you.
Jesus said to those who followed Him, “I have called you friends.” Think of it, the God of creation wants to have a personal relationship with us. God delights in being with us person to person, heart to heart, friend to friend. In His presence there truly is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. What better company could we possibly keep!
“How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalm 133:1-3 KJV

©2018 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Adapted from Come Sit Awhile, by Roy Lessin. Used with permission.

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