Hello. I hope you’re well—I’m well myself, thank you. It was raining when I woke up this morning. The alarm on my cell sounded at 5:30 am.—That’s my daily get-up time. Before my eyes opened, I said, “Good morning, God. Thank you my Lord Jesus.” I rolled my legs over the edge of the bed and onto the floor, stretched my shoulders a bit, and silenced “Chime Time” on the cell. Coffee’s ready. I know because I prepared it the night before and Mr. Coffee turns on at 5:15. I heard David Jeremiah beginning his radio program on AFR Talk as I walked through the dark den drawn by the glow of a night light in the kitchen where the coffee cup and fixings waited. Golden honey spread slowly across the bottom of the cup as I squeezed the plastic bottle. I know It’s more calories than I should have, but it tastes oh so good! With black, black coffee poured nearly to the brim and spoon mixed, I re-entered the dark den to sit and talk to God while the sound of Jeremiah filled the background with biblical truth.

My days begin this way. I’m thankful and grateful for a new day never before seen by man. I trust my Shepherd to choose the best path for me to travel through this new day. I listen for his voice, for his instructions as each new task presents itself along the way. It isn’t easy. Distractions are always present and sometimes I lose focus. But like a good shepherd with a foolish sheep, He gently guides me back on the path.

I’ll share more another time. I hope your day goes well.

Carl Ray

2 thoughts on “Hello

  1. Marcia says:

    One last comment…I love that you have a Master of Theology and yet your column is entitled, “Simple Christianity” which I love, but I doubt that the classes you took would’ve had that for their title….am I right?

  2. carl says:

    Hi Marcia! You’re right. Theology isn’t simple. It’s metaphysical. It’s all about the “whats” and “whys”. Being a Christian is simple. It’s relational. Surrendering my “will and ways” to follow the footsteps of the Shepherd for whom the “whats and whys” exist, makes the path I walk very simple. As soon as Seth figures this out, we’ll be best friends, too. Lol
    Thank you for your comment, Marcia!


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