(Photo courtesy of Chuck Dorway.)
Here is how mom worded her meditation thought on July 6, 1984:
My concern: “My soul languishes for the salvation; I hope in thy word: (Palms 119:81)
The Lord’s response: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
“My law is the stream of living water that sustains your faith, your hope, and your salvation. My law is simply an expression of my character in a manner which is comprehensible to you. I express my character in various ways, that all of my children may comprehend it, desire it, and appropriate it.
Day by day, you have opportunities to learn more about my law – about my character. Day by day you have opportunities to appropriate my character.
As a child plays “dress up” in her mother’s garments, and they do not fit, so you “try on” my righteousness and character and it does not fit with your sin-shape. Yet, a time comes when the child grows into the mother’s garments – and so can you grow into my righteousness and character as you contemplate my law, and seek to obey it.
Jesus said to become as a child: be trusting, be teachable, be enthusiastic, be willing.
You have many abilities and I am more eager than you to get them developed into accomplishments which serve me well, serve the world well, and serve you well.
Relax in my Presence, knowing that the Word in your mind, the kindness in your heart, the love in your emotions, and the willingness of your body to sacrifice for those you love and for those to whom you are kind, as you listen and obey the Word in your mind, shall all assure that you will prosper and produce fruit.
Thus shall your abilities develop into accomplishments. Thus shall you bring glory to me, joy to the world, and grace to yourself.
With grace, you glow in the realization that your peace comes from love given freely to you – no matter what you are – nor what you do.
But – that same grace is operative under the law. It must always work toward developing your abilities, into accomplishments – and if you attempt to ignore or circumvent the law, then you will not understand nor appreciate the workings of that grace.
When you know the law, and seek to abide by the law, you secure for yourself a freedom of expression that is enhancing in every way, for every one. This is my hope for you – this is what I long for you to desire, and to seek. I will move heaven and earth to provide the opportunity for you to choose this, and the means by which you can accomplish it.
If you believe this is so, it shall be.