Sep 7, 2020
My guests and I launched the first season of the podcast this summer and based it on 2 Corinthians 3:2-3:
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Today, we are going to change things up a bit and actually talk about walking out love in our lives through letters written with ink. And not written on tablets of stone, but on beautiful stationery--which might remind some us we are a long way from the days of writing to penpals on Lisa Frank paper. We are also changing today’s episode up because I am joining you in making a new friend!
Shannon Hood of AForeverLetter.com is here, in the middle of (or hopefully God-willing near the end of) our longest bout of separation from so many people we love, to give us a tender nudge in the direction of pen and paper. A simple way to love people that goes a long way. As a wife of 15 years, a mother of 5 with number 6 nearly here, an English major, an avid reader with an artist’s eye and a huge heart, Shannon will be sharing about a crazy project she dreamed up to write a letter every day for a year. She'll encourage you if you’ve recently made a big move with your family (so many are making big changes in our lives right now) because she has been there. And she will reveal a gorgeous story about how God cared for her personally in one of her darkest seasons through the letters she sent to everyone else.
God pursues us through the written word. He displays His love for us in books and letters. Today we’ll talk Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego in Chapter 3 of the book of Daniel and 1 Peter 5:8. and we’ll stop by Proverbs 16:24 for a moment too.
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
1776 by David McCullough
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”
They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”
He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”
So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
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