Charcoal Fires and Jail Cells – Accidental Saints book, 26AUG
I can’t thank my friend enough for sharing this book, Accidental Saints… I highly recommend it… I’m not a reader, this book is so gripping and often funny but most importantly it is real and thought provoking…
As he suggested, I am reading it slowly, one chapter at a time and really absorbing it… It’s God’s timing… some strong chapters like this one repeat the weekly or daily themes… This chapter strongly speaks of the scenes from the movie “Risen” yesterday, which I just watched with my daughter, where Jesus reconciled Peter after his denials after Easter Sunday… God is a God of Easter forgiveness…. that is true…
God makes us vessels to collect and share HIS LOVE… Peter was so imperfect like us, but when filled with God’s perfect LOVE Peter was changed, in the movie Peter and later the soldier say “I will never be the same”…. I understand that completely.
God REALLY wants to LOVE us… Just like in Psalm 139 – He’s ALWAYS looking for us…
Immanuel, God with us… Yeah, He is….
We are BLESSED…
I urge you to read this book – here are excerpts from chapter 16 – Charcoal Fires and Jail Cells
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.