This week I’m sharing quotes from my “Word of the Year” — “Cast.” What a strange word, but it has such deep meaning when you consider really casting something away from you with great energy.
God grant that we may each of us cast off our own works of darkness, whatever they are, however we can, and put upon ourselves the armor of something at least like light as we wait for the truth of Christ to come finally and fully true at last. — Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark, pg. 285
Our preparation and coming into His presence has to do with cultivating the simplicity of our lives. That is, getting rid of (casting off) everything in our lives that hinders our sincere devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. — A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 37
…for verily I say to you that whoever may say to this mount, be taken up, and be cast into the sea, and may not doubt in his heart, but may believe that the things that he saith do come to pass, it shall be to him whatever he may say. –Mark 11:23 (YLT)
We often are in danger of casting off the wrong things. Take this scripture to heart and you will not be disappointed.
So do not throw away (cast off) this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. — Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)
Here is an excellent quote from Beth Moore that uses my “Word of the Year” — “Cast.” Can you imagine the scene? In this crazy world of uncertainties and division, this is real and pure–no negativity, pain, criticism or pride. This other world is real, and will certainly win the day.
Think of some of your greatest challenges. Picture them then go back and stamp the words “before the throne” in front of each of these challenges. The heart of prayer is moving these very kinds of tests and trials from the insecurities and uncertainties of earth to the throne of God. Only then can they be viewed with dependable accuracy and boundless hope. Close your eyes and do your best to picture the glorious seraphim never ceasing to cry, “Holy, Holy, Holy!” Imagine the lightning emitting from the throne, and hear the rumblings and the thunder. Picture the elders overwhelmed by God’s worthiness, casting their crowns before the throne. Approach the throne of grace with confidence, with eyes on Him, not on yourself. Our God is huge! Our God is able! –Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 496
My favorite hymn is “Holy, Holy, Holy,” although, sadly, it isn’t sung much any more. I still love playing this hymn on the piano in various arrangements and styles, just alone in worship and wonder.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.
Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity! –Reginald Heber, 1826
One of the fun aspects of going on cruise in November is that we got to watch the ship transform into holiday decor. These changes came out little by little each day and were wonderful to see. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.