Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Wasn’t it refreshing to have the news full of worship and the Cross of Jesus lifted up? His name was lifted up and He got the honor. No one else could have done that! Pope Francis had such a dear expression even when he was exhausted and being jostled by the crowds. He never exhibited any impatience or annoyance. You could see the result of many hours on his knees in prayer.

I didn’t get to see all of the coverage since I was traveling but I watched as much as I could. I found it inspiring and comforting. It was such a contrast to the violence, politics, sex – bad news – that usually fills the news. I wish the news outlets would take a cue and realize that inspirational, good news, hope, comfort would serve them well. They think the negative stuff is the only thing that sells.

But all we have to look at is  the recent movies that have been successful: “War Room”, “The Blindside”, “Courageous”, “When the Game Stands Tall”…among many others.

I am  convinced – I am sure there has been a study – that the violence of movies and video games results in violence in our society. Money has power. Once these inspirational movies start outselling the violent, sick ones, there will be a change. But, sadly, violence and sex sells.

Let’s support inspirational movies that have good moral values for our children and families.

Thank you Pope Francis for inspiring us all by your humble, godly example.

Didn’t you just love the little Fiat in the motorcade between the sleek, black behemoths? I did. (I know the security detail needed the big cars but it was a wonderful illustration of self-importance taking a  back seat to humility.)


About 4 years ago, we had an earthquake in my area of Virginia. When the ground begins to shake you understand uncertainty in a whole new way!

Life is uncertain – to put it mildly. Especially these days. The stock market is up and down like a rollercoaster – can’t be certain about that! Politicians lie with ease – can’t trust them. People going about their normal day are shot randomly by terrorists – don’t feel safe. Governments are teetering on the brink of disaster – can’t depend on them. Family members die unexpectedly. We are being told by some to stock up on water and canned goods for the soon-coming disaster. Life is uncertain. Otherwise we wouldn’t need insurance!

We try to insure against uncertainty so we will feel more secure. But there really is no insurance for life. Yes. We can buy “life insurance” but it only pays out if you die! So maybe it is misnamed – call it “death insurance”. But there is nothing that can protect us from death itself. God says “It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment.” We will all die. The mortality rate for each generation is 100%.

So what are we to do? We look for a rock, a shelter, a stronghold. We look for safety in something or someone. But we find nothing is guaranteed. The Psalmist calls God his “rock”, “shelter”, “stronghold”. He learned it from his life experience. David knew betrayal, assassination attempts, he fled for this life more than once, was attacked by a lion. He was  cursed by others and slandered. He felt loneliness, hunger, thirst. He slept in caves. He was in battle many times. He faced down a giant. David knew all about uncertainty.

And what did He say? “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Ps. 46:1) “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” (Ps.33:20) “In the shelter of your presence you hide them from intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.” (Ps. 31:20) “The is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” (Ps. 145:13-14)

Now, you go through the Psalms and find your own verses! (Start with Psalm 23.) It will be such faith building exercise!

How far down do we have to go until we feel the wrath of God because of our disregard for the life of the unborn? I’m talking about the culture where baby parts are harvested and sold for huge sums of money. Actions one with purpose and callousness.  It is not someone’s imagination or wild story to whip up public opinion – there is documentation that this activity is real – happening in our country today under the auspices of Planned Parenthood funded with our tax dollars.

It is to be condemned as abhorrent on every level. We will answer to God for this.  The  folks responsible should be held accountable for this heinous activity. I don’t care whether you area Republican or Democrat – this is hideous. It is sin – pure and simple. There is no gray area here.

It’s inhuman. There is no justifiable reason for it – NONE! We used to live in a civilized country. We used to be God-fearing. We used to call people who did such things “savages”. These people are savages.   To pick over an aborted fetus with tweezers in order to find the most profitable parts is unspeakable. What kind of person does such a thing?

I’m not talking about those who have had abortions. I have said many  times and stand by what I have said – that for those broken by their choice to abort a child, there is forgiveness, healing and forgiveness. There is hope. But this is something different.

This is a total callous disregard for the sanctity of life. Every life is sacred. We are made in God’s image for a purpose. Each unborn child has the stamp and fingerprints of God on it. We are tampering with God’s Holy creation. Each life is important and each life matters.

I must admit, I am stunned and disgusted. Please God, forgive us… Or have we gone too far? Judgment is at the door.

President Obama announced a negotiated deal concerning its nuclear arms with Iran this AM.

With my mind spinning I sat down to spend time with the Lord. As is my custom, I sing a hymn each day…this morning I sang, “May Jesus Christ Be Praised”.

“Does sadness fill my mind? A solace here I find, May Jesus Christ be praised! Or flees my earthy bliss? My comfort still is this; May Jesus Christ be praised! Ye nations of mankind, in this your comfort find, May Jesus Christ be praised.The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear, May Jesus Christ be praised!”

God is in control and He will have the last word. It matters little what takes place in Vienna or Washington or Tehran. Let’s keep our eyes focused on Jerusalem and pray for her peace – as we are commanded to do. This could very well usher in the return of Christ. Exciting time to live. And if He does soon return may I be found praising Jesus and if He tarries may I still be praising Him.

I imagine all those in Heaven are worshipping and praising the only One who has given us a legacy of peace – true peace. Let’s join our voices to theirs.

And remember the title of my book: Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There. That is rock solid truth.