Naked I Came by Duane Bemis

Naked I Came
Rev. Duane Lee Bemis M.Ed.
Job 1:21
June 14th 2002

I needed a scripture to meditate on today and found this at the end of my search. I was pondering why the Lord would have me think about such a verse. But as always, obedience is the best.

And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of Lord." Job 1:21

Before we enter this journey to hear from our blessed Lord, let us pray. "Father of creation, unfold Your awesome plan. We need to hear from You today. If we do not hear from You we will not know how to handle the difficulties, and strange things of this world. We need to feel Your intimate touch. We just need You and You alone. We know the thoughts You hold towards us and that those thoughts are all good. We know in our hearts that Your thoughts towards us are not for evil. We know our future rest in the Your palms, Your tried and true hands will lead us today. Have Your way, as we surrender again and again. Your ways are higher, and we want those higher ways. Your ways are the best. Lead us this day away from temptation and deliver us from evil. Draw us ever closer to You. Your kingdom come Your will be done. Amen and Amen."

We entered this world under the power of God. We had no choice.

We came into existence through God's spoken word. We had no choice.

We came into being under God's umbrella of blessings. We had no choice. We were dependent upon someone's hands to care for us. We had no choice. We entered this world and we could not change any of the circumstances. We had no choice.

"Blessed be the name of the Lord!"

At birth, we were totally dependent upon the hands we landed in. Our need was great, in fact our survival was at stake. We had no choice in those days. The bottle or a warm breast to feed on was our only care. We need to be, nurtured, burped, and changed under the watchful eye of God. None of this went unseen. We had no choice of parents. We had no choice of the location of our birth. When or where we were born was truly out of our reach. We could not control anything. At birth, we did not care who held us but we did have a need to be held. God meets that need through humans. Those earthly hands and their lovely hearts were an extension of God's arms. We were created to be creatures of intimacy.

A group I was associated with flew a little baby with a heart problem to Spokane, Washington. The little baby, taken from her mother in Columbia and placed into stranger's arms, and flown to a strange country. In the hospital, the little 6-month-old was approaching death. Doctor's knew the need that babies have for intimate human touch. Our group was asked to take turns holding and nurturing this little one. We formed a human chain around the clock to hold, talk, and cuddly this little God given child. With in one day the little one was regaining the desire to live, surgery soon followed and af ...

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