And, So, It Begins . . .

It’s profound and humbling to be a part of a new beginning.   We had our pre-launch tablethink open house yesterday.  Joshua and I have received amazing encouragement and support as we begin this new venture.  We will begin the official launch January 1, 2019 by releasing the tablethink website @tablethink.com and our “Think On This” podcast on podbean and Alexa.  In fact, two individuals who attended the open house will receive Amazon’s echo dot–which will be announced on tablethink’s facebook page.

At the end of the day, it’s clear God generously gives the gift of new beginnings.   

One of my favorite Bible passages about the “daily-new” is written in the book of Lamentations.  The thing is . . . few people find their way to the book of Lamentations . . . let alone, call it a favorite.  The title of the book can seem overwhelming.  Who wants to lament or for that matter, who knows about lamenting and, by the way, who uses the word, lament? 

For clarification:  

The definition of lament is “an expression of sorrow, mourning, or regret : an act or instance of lamenting a song of lamentation …”

(Merriam-Webster)

Anyway,  the first of the book is a written lamentation about exile, death, and destruction.  It’s hard to imagine the excruciating pain, suffering, and darkness of it all.   The words were reality to the ancient reader as well  to many in today’s world.  In chapter 3, the message shifts.  It begins with the word, BUT, which tells you and I there is something more to be aware of: 

But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope: 
 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
    his mercies never come to an end; 
 they are new every morning;  great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:21-23, NRSV).  

The author stops the lamenting almost mid-sentence and begins a narrative of faith.  Think on this: 

  1. God’s love is relentlessly steadfast.  THIS IS BIG: God is resolutely devoted and dedicated to you and I.   It’s the Romans 8:31 principle:  God is for us–so who or what can be against us?  
  2. God’s love never ceases, not even for a moment.  It’s easy to think God has left the “house” when the “hard” of life hits us.  
  3. God’s mercies never come to an end. It takes a lifetime to understand what mercy is–it’s a huge piece of God’s more–grace, forgiveness, compassion . . . And, the author writes the statement with  certainty that God’s mercy will NEVER end.  Seriously, NEVER.  
  4. God’s mercies are new every morning.  This is heart-pounding, soul-deep amazing.  It changes everything when we understand God’s mercy is a new work in us every. single. day.   God gives us new power to do what we can’t do on our own, to live our best for the day.   This means we NEVER need to worry or stress that we have to manipulate or make something happen on our own.  God is with us totally “in” our life and will NEVER give up on us.  God has more planned and purposed for our life than can ever be imagined.  

Mercy is a revelation of the more of God, which is new every day.  I see Lamentations 3 as a word picture of waiting for the more of God to intersect with all that must be managed. 

Today’s Advent thought is powerful and simple . . . Christmas is a new beginning . . . for all of humanity. 

And, so we begin–Kerrie

There’s more . . .

Tablethink is partnering with a variety of people and organizations.  I’m very excited to have everyone meet our artist, Monica Pynch, who will be doing some exclusive work for tablethink.  Her work is breathtaking–and healing.  You can find her at https://chasingwill.com.

Joshua took some pictures on his phone.  I will be able to share a few that he took with the camera later this week.  

Part of Monica’s display: 

Of course, seeing the kids so happy is always pure joy for me.  These pictures remind me that waiting is part of the hope of God’s more. 

If, you have access to the Salem, Oregon area Joshua and I  hope you will stop by between noon and four at tablethink’s open house today- December 16.  For details see https://tablethink.com.  I will keep you updated on my public Facebook page @https://www.facebook.com/kerriecarlislepalmer/

Advent Thoughts: 

  1. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/01/party/ Party.
  2. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/03/surprise-2/. Surprise!  
  3.  https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/04/you-know-2/ Do you know?  (This is long but worth thinking about.) 
  4. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/05/alliswell/.  All Is Well.  
  5. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/06/five-words-and-more/. Five Words . . . And More.
  6. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/07/the-problem-is/ The Problem Is . .
  7. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/08/transparencyandtrust/ Transparency And Trust. 
  8. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/09/red-letter-day/ Red-Letter-Day.
  9. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/10/best-advice-2/ Best Advice. 
  10. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/11/lean-in/ Lean In. 
  11. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/12/not-yet/ Not-yet. 
  12. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/13/god-is-here/ God Is Here. 
  13. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/14/daily-drill/ Daily Drill. 
  14. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/15/belonging-sacred-quietness/ Belonging . . . Sacred Quietness.
  15. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/16/love-wins-always/ Love Wins . . . Always

My Advent Writing Place

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

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Author: Kerrie Carlisle Palmer

Hi there, I am a Life-Story Teller, Co-Developer of TableThink (https://www.tablethink.com), co-host of TableThink and Think On This Podcasts, Pastor, Church Planter, Founder of Red Door Church. I love to be with my family, friends, and anyone I meet along the way. Two musts are coffee and celebrations. I hope you and I are able to connect soon.