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Today’s topic:  framed by a frame

I have already written about numbers 1 and 2 on other days..  1.  The beach sand contained in a framed box from my daughter and 2. the painting of Signal Island.  which brings me to 

3.  A framed photocopy of a certificate of honor given to my grandmother (posthumously) by the government of Israel.  I have already written of how her commitment to justice and doing the right thing was a hallmark of her faith.  That the government of Israel honored her along with so many others was a testimony to what she risked in doing what she did.  She has also been remembered by trees planted in her name on the avenue of the righteous in Jerusalem.  This is what the  website for the avenue of the righteous says:  The Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations was inaugurated in 1962. Trees, symbolic of the renewal of life, have been planted in and around the Yad Vashem site, in honor of those non-Jews who acted according to the noblest principles of humanity by risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Plaques adjacent to each tree record the names of those being honored along with their country of residence during the war.  Avenue of Righteous Gentiles

Yesterday in my covenant group we paused to read from the Acts of the Disciples as we began our opening devotions.  Peter, Paul, Silas they were all so bold concerning their faith; despite pressure from the Temple to cease and desist and despite being jailed for preaching about Christ crucified and risen, they continued to preach openly about the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.  They prayed for boldness as they fulfilled what God had called them to do.  Boldness and risk are things we don’t often incorporate as the underpinnings of our faith, and yet it seems from Scripture that this is a crucial component.  I remember my grandmother, a woman whose faith, boldness and risk taking are a reminder that our call to Christian living is a call to do bold things in the name of Christ.  

Introductory stone to the “Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles.”  Along this tree–lined avenue are plaques and trees that commemorate some of 20,757 people who have been recognized as those who helped save Jews from the Holocaust.  The trees are Carob Trees: known for their sturdiness and strength–not cypress (symbols of pride)  Source:  Holy Land photos.org

 

But sadly, as we discussed yesterday, we (as people and as the church) seem to be in a place of  complacency and timidness.  Is this because we still see ourselves in Christendom?  Is this because there are no pressures on us to be the church in face of opposition?  What would happen to us if we were called upon to take a stand today?  Would our response be  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  

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