Xenium–Gift (A to Z Challenge, Letter X)

Webster’s Dictionary:  Xenium(noun)
a present given to a guest or stranger, or to a foreign ambassador
Origin: [L., from Gr. xe`nion gift to a guest, fr. xe`nos guest.]

Almighty God, Creator

Heavenly Father, the Lord

Is a generous giver…He

Loves, lives to give gifts

Whether to His children or

To strangers, those who

Don’t trust, believe, accept

Believe in His goodness…

Due, perhaps, to abuses by

Family, churches.  Maybe their

Roots are in different cultures

Religious teachings.  Possibly

Dire events, circumstances

Have disappointed, embittered

Tender, fragile hearts.

But God’s heart and hands remain

Always open…He’s the Lord of

Much More, abundant blessings.

Whatever we’re lacking, we can

Ask of Him; what we need, He’ll

Provide…gifts aplenty, from His

Love:  JESUS, Joy, Peace, Hope

Freedom, Grace, Mercy, Living

Water, Bread of Life; Resurrection

Power to heal, restore, rebuild

Reconcile; Forgiveness, Salvation’s

Eternal Life…LOVE unconditional

Unfailing, Everlasting…Light for all the World.

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“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29, English Standard Version

“Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1st Corinth 1:7-8, Berean Study Bible

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” Romans 12:6, New Living Translation

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1st Peter 4:10, NLT

“He told me, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!” Acts 10:31, NLT

Bible Verses: biblehub.com

Called by Creator (A to Z, Letter C)

Called by Creator, Heavenly Father

Called by name* I would hear and

Recognize, to follow Shepherd’s voice…

Set apart, particular, by God’s

Pattern individually fashioned…

Called to be transformed by His

Spirit; molded in Hands for

Purpose*, plan…the “Holy”

“Higher”, filled with hope*.

Faith-walk designed to reach

Singular destiny…gifts of God

And His calling, irrevocable.

Praying that by “walk’s” end I’ll

Become…gem, in His Crown of Glory.

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*Referenced Bible scriptures, biblehub.com:

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28, New Living Translation

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6, Berean Study Bible

“And whom He did call, these also He declared righteous; and whom He declared righteous, these also He did glorify.”  Romans 8:30, Young’s Literal Translation

“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29, NASB

“The sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them….” John 10:3, New Living Translation

Friendship of God

“Some of His (God’s) choicest deliveries come through the back doors of our lives.”

~ Charles Swindoll, 3 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back

“The important thing is that we give ourselves time and space to enjoy the friendship of God.”

~ M. Basil Pennington, OCSO

My faith-walk with God has been long, labyrinthine, and ultimately the most intimate and rewarding relationship of my life.  When I was very young I viewed Him as a distant, fearsome personage…which served to keep my behavior in strict line.  Later, I would understand what it meant for Him to be Lord of my life, and my Heavenly Father.  It was many years before “we” developed a friendship…adding another layer and aspect to our multi-faceted communion.

“Friend” sounds rather casual to some…but throughout the Bible are examples of people who were considered “friends of God”; those with whom God shared the secrets of His heart, and His plans.  To me, being friends with God means we enjoy each other’s company, a companionship nonpareil.  I consciously acknowledge the Presence of God as I go about daily activities; He’s included in what I’m doing, regardless how mundane. 

I suppose it helps that I live alone…I can truthfully say that at least part of the time, I’m not talking to myself—I’m conversing with God🙂

There is no disrespect intended, nor disregard for His holiness—if anyone may suggest I’m “bringing God down to my level”.  It is undisputed that He occupies His Sovereign Throne in Heaven as King of kings; and yet He walks among His children on Earth because it’s His heart’s desire to have real relationships with human beings…He’s not the King of robots

He longs for conversation, as we do…not staid prayers in King James’ English, but ordinary talk.  Not merely a ‘to-do’ list from Him, exchanged with my itemized ‘wants and needs’; instead, the kind of comfortable (and comforting) chats had with best friends or siblings…which happens naturally as we make time to get to know Him.

As far as Mr Swindoll’s quote about God’s choicest deliveries, it’s been decades since I read his book and I don’t recall the context—but I saved the quote in my box, so it made an impact.  Looking back to when I was growing up, we lived in a small town neighborhood where people’s relationship status was measured by which door they knocked on when they visited.  The front door was the more “formal” entrance, it led into the living room which was generally kept tidy for company we needed to impress. 

The back door was off the kitchen…if you were a friend or neighbor, that’s where you came in, sat down for coffee or a cool drink, and chatted amid the messy busyness of family life.

I like to think God would make His deliveries at my back door…if I had one (my apartment has single entrance).  I prefer to discard legalistic ritual and unnecessary formality, when appropriate, in favor of being completely at ease with Him…whether or not there are dishes in my sink, and dust for eye to see.

My hope is that everyone would know God as I do—the Almighty, Powerfully Able to do the seemingly impossible in our lives; Merciful and Just; Healer, Restorer; Provider and Provision; Protector; the Father who loves everlastingly, unconditionally…and boon companion, Friend

May He bless you in “good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38).

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Happy God

Prompt: Laughter

Cubby’s Prompt Instructions:  Please help me finish this poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme, and I will add your entry to this post with your blog link and avatar name. If you don’t see your entry posted within 12 hours, please let me know.  And please try to keep your entry under 16 lines.

“You laughed the stars into the sky”

Only now, this minute, do I realize

This, and understand joyful truth:

You are God who loves, cherishes, knows me

Your misfit, orphaned child of scarred mystery

You are the Happy God*, my Heavenly Father

Hurray!  Hurrah!

And even if I see no stars, clouds concealing

I will listen for, hear, the twinkling of Your laughter

The merriment You feel when You look upon me

With tender care, covenant grace and peace.

~~~

*If you’re interested in knowing more about the Happy God, you might read The Sacrament of Happy, by Lisa Harper

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