A Brief Hiatus Needed

Today’s post must be brief.


This past week I traveled to stay with my parents for the next three weeks.

One of my parents had knee replacement surgery this past Tuesday. The one came home from their own rehab stay on Thursday.

This is my opportunity to put into practice the commandment from Exodus 20:12.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. [1]

I am certain many of my readers have had similar opportunities or will, if not with parents, perhaps a spouse, sibling, or friend.

This commandment reminds us not only of our earthly parents but also of our relationship with the Lord.

The Lord is our Heavenly Father in that He created us. (See Genesis 1-2)

Honoring the Lord involves caring for His creation, whether it be our own earthly parents or others.

While you await my next study, I encourage you to reflect on the following briefer study.

Marks of the True Christian
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. [1]

How are you doing this week, month, quarter, or year in living out the above passage?

What situations cause you to stumble in these areas?

What one thing from the above passage do you want to focus on practicing in the week, month, quarter, or year to come? Why?

Share in the comments about someone who has demonstrated these marks toward you in the past year.

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Barbara Lynn

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ro 12:9–13.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ex 20:12.

4 Replies to “A Brief Hiatus Needed”

  1. The graphic you used in the opening immediately took me back to this past January when I was with my 102 year old mother as she left this planet.

    The experience profoundly touched me. I am grateful I was able to honor and be with her at her most intimate time.

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