Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pray without ceasing

Great devotional from Max Lucado. Have you ever wondered how one might “pray without ceasing”? This devotional gives you an idea of how you might be able to do this.

Unceasing Prayer

by Max Lucado • January 28
Unceasing prayer may sound complicated, but it needn’t be that way. Do this. Think of prayer less as an activity for God and more as an awareness of God. Seek to live in uninterrupted awareness. As you stand in line to register your car, think, “Thank you, Lord, for being here.” In the grocery store as you shop, think, “Your presence, my King, I welcome.” As you wash the dishes, worship your Maker.

Brother Lawrence called himself the “lord of all pots and pans.” He wrote, “The time of busy-ness does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon knees at the blessed sacrament.”

So talk to God, always. Besides, it makes more sense to talk to God than mumble to yourself!

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Remembering Auschwitz

70 years ago today the survivors of Auschwitz were liberated.

I first visited Auschwitz in the spring of 2001 while a student at the National War College. There are many things about this place that are forever etched into my memory, but there are two that stand out above the others.

The first is what I noticed as we walked along the gravel streets in the camp. As we walked, I could not keep from noticing small white pieces of what looked like very tiny stones that were in the gravel of the streets and in the dirt where their was not any grass. I asked our Polish tour guide what kind of stone or rock this was. She informed me that the white objects that I saw in the gravel and in the dirt were actually small fragments of bone – human bone. She said that these small pieces of bone were carried by the smoke of the crematories that were used to burn the bodies and that the entire countryside for many, many miles around are still today covered with them.

The second thing that stands out to me and I can see it as clearly today as I did when I visited there almost 14 years ago, is of going down inside of one of the few remaining “death chambers” where they gassed and killed thousands and thousands of innocent people. It was not a very large room. Maybe 20×50 feet? The German guards would cram several hundred men, women, and children, all totally naked, in this small place. They then would lock and seal the door and then would drop down gas canisters through a pipe from on top of the building. In the ceiling there was a screen that covered the hole. This would let the gas come out and down on the people below. As we walked through, I could almost hear the screams of the people. How terrible it must have been.

At the end of the gas chamber, there was another set of doors which led to a room that contained three furnaces. This is where they burned the bodies. The floor, ceiling, and the walls were covered in thick black soot. This made the room very, very dark. When I entered the room I immediately noticed a terrible odor. It was the smell of burning flesh. I could not believe that after this many years it still smelled this way. The doors to each of the three furnaces were open and inside each of them was a lighted candle and a small flower arrangement. Our guide told us that people come each day to bring new flowers and to replace and light new candles.

There are many other things that I remember from my visit – the room full of women’s hair, the children’s toys and clothes, the ceiling high stack of dentures, the wall where they shot thousands of Polish political prisoners, but when I heard on the news today that it was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, my first thoughts were of the small pieces of bone in the gravel walkways and of the gas chamber.

This is such an awful place but I wish every American could go to Poland and visit Auschwitz and see what evil really looks like. I fear that we may be forgetting. It has been said that all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. The world watched while Hitler rose to power and chose to do nothing, and 6 million Jews were slaughtered in places like Auschwitz. I pray that it will never happen again.

Don’t allow fear to win

Very good advice!

The fear-filled cannot love deeply. They cannot give to the poor. Benevolence has no guarantee of return. They cannot dream wildly. What if their dreams sputter and fall from the sky? Fear paralyzes people. Are you afraid? Afraid of job loss? Afraid of what people are saying about you?

Jesus wages a war against fear. In Matthew 10:28 He says, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” In John 14:27 Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Fear’s main goal is to keep you from God’s plan for your life. Don’t allow it to win! Punch fear in the face! If anything should be afraid, it should be fear itself.

From Max Lucado; “Max on Life”