TERRE HAUTE — If the weather predictors are correct (and, gee, aren’t they always?) we are in for some cloudy days. One guy on one channel says it’s going to be cloudy all day today. Another guy on another channel says it will be only partly cloudy tomorrow. Still another guy predicts five cloudy days in a row. Bottom line: it’s gonna be cloudy, folks. Clouds can have a pretty strange effect on us. They make us sleepy, lazy and sometimes outright depressed. If it’s cloudy for too long, some of us might even start to get grouchy about it. The rest of us might just want to go straight back to bed. In the Bible, clouds are not depressing at all. God led the people of Israel through the desert with a cloud. Jesus returned to heaven after His resurrection in a cloud. Jesus said when he comes again, he will be coming in a cloud. We’re told in 1 Thessalonians that we will rise and meet Jesus in the clouds. Then, there’s the time Jesus took Peter, James and John to a mountain, and while they were there, Jesus was transformed right before their eyes. His clothes became dazzlingly whiter than white, and Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus. Then “a cloud appeared and enveloped them,” and they “were afraid as they entered the cloud” and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him.” Are you getting the connection? It’s right there. In the Scriptures. As plain as day. The voice of God, the leading of God, the presence of God, the place we meet God. It’s in the clouds. God is in the clouds! When things are going well, when we’re happy and content and feel safe and cozy, we don’t turn to God as often as we should. When things are sunny, we smile and feel confident in our own abilities to do things on our own. But when the clouds come, things are different. When life throws us a curve, when someone we love dies, when we are jobless, hopeless, helpless and spiritless, we feel like we are in the gloomiest, darkest, cloudiest of times. But it is there — in the clouds — where we meet God. He’s still leading and guiding and protecting. The thing is, we can’t “see” him in the clouds, and we need to walk solely by faith, listening and looking only for God. Who is with us in our clouds? What influences us when we’re in the clouds? Whose voice do we listen to in the middle of the clouds? Until we allow no other than Jesus and his voice in our clouds, it will only get darker and darker. We need to get to the place Peter, James and John came to after seeing Jesus and Elijah and Moses. Mark 9:8 says, “Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.” Wow! No one but Jesus. Bring on the clouds! Verna Davis, speaker and writer, maybe reached at email@example.com.
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- Church briefs: July 26, 2014
Gospel soloist to perform July 27 in Brazil
Gospel music soloist Ryan Seaton will be in concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday in First Christian Church at Brazil.
- CHURCH BRIEFS: July 19, 2014
Events, preachers lined up for 3-day Cross Road Revival
The Cross Road Revival, an old-fashioned revival and worship service, will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday to July 26, at the Vigo County Conservation Club, 10382 Grotto Road.
THE JOY LADY: Captivating, making obedient our minds, word by word
The last part of 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Now come on, Apostle Paul. Capture every thought? I mean, really. Is that possible?
THE JOY LADY: ‘The words of my mouth, the meditation of my heart’
I know that today is only July 12, and we are four months away from Thanksgiving dinner. I know that it’s hot and you might not want to heat your oven for an hour to bake a pie.
- Church Briefs: July 12, 2014
- Providence Food Pantry to host rummage sale fundraiser
- CHURCH BRIEFS: July 5, 2014
- RELIGION BRIEFS: July 5, 2104
THE JOY LADY: Do we use words for building up or tearing down?
Over the years, I have learned a thing or two.
- CHURCH BRIEFS: June 28, 2014
THE JOY LADY: Lewis, Dumas, Bonhoeffer: The words we read feed our souls
I work in a public library. It’s a perfect job for a bibliophile like me. (Don’t worry, that’s not a dirty word!)
RELIGION BRIEFS: June, 21, 2104
• Four-church VBS and adult Bible study event
• Retiring pastor to be honored for service
- CHURCH BRIEFS: June 21, 2014
THE JOY LADY: Evidence of our faith is not evident when we know what to do
Sometimes bad things happen to us. That’s usually when we ask, “Why, Lord?” But I wonder, do we have the right to ask that in the bad times if we’ve never asked it during the good times?
The Joy Lady: What should we do when we get annoyed with every day events?
I confess. Sometimes I get pretty annoyed with other people. Especially when they don’t do things just as I would have them done.
- Church briefs: June 14, 2014
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THE JOY LADY: Listen: Saying what you mean, speaking the truth
Sometimes we don’t always speak the truth. Even when we say one thing, we mean another.
- CHURCH BRIEFS: June 7, 2014
Providence Gift Shop relocating with new name
The Gift Shop at Providence Center of St. Mary-of-the-Woods will host a grand opening celebration on June 20.
Methodist Temple seventh annual catfish dinner today
The Seventh annual “SummerFest” catfish dinner outreach of United Methodist Temple in Terre Haute will be today on the church grounds, 5301 S. U.S. 41.
June Taizé prayer service to focus on family
Persons of all faiths are invited to an ecumenical Taizé Prayer gathering from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
- CHURCH BRIEFS: May 31, 2014
THE JOY LADY: We should pursue righteousness as if we’re starving for it
My doctor wants me on a new routine. Take a shot, eat breakfast.
The Joy Lady: Important questions we should ask ourselves every day
I recently attended a memorial service at the nursing home where my stepfather spent the last years of his life. It wasn’t a big service, there were no bands or flags or special speaker brought in. Nor was it a service where people bowed their heads in silent prayer as the names of the loved ones were read.
- Church briefs: May 24, 2014
Humorist, musician to bring SpiriTed tour to Terre Haute June 1
Maple Avenue United Methodist Church will be hosting daily columnist/
humorist Jonathan Richard Cring and artist/musician Janet Clazzy during their SpiriTed “Gospel According to Common Sense” tour, which includes comedic and inspirational essays from Cring’s national daily column at www.jonathots.
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