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Summary: Greetings in the Holy Name of God, My sisters and brothers, no subtle ways of stealing will get pass GOD as good virtue-it’s okay!

Waters Of Redemption

by

Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid

(January 4, 2020)

“He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. ...My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”[Psalm 111: 9 - Psalm 130: 6-8, King James Version (KJV), The security of the godly; David’s hope in God].

Greetings in the Holy Name of God,

My sisters and brothers, no subtle ways of stealing will get pass GOD as good virtue-it’s okay! This is self-righteous indignation [effective-mind-control.com, “implies confident of one's own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others.” But, in the end, indignation takes a narrow view of the world.Sep 8, 2016]; just wrong to go down that path of utter darkness and self-destruction because when you dig a hole to destroy your neighbor by taking everything, you might as well dig a second hole for yourself because it is your own destruction that you chase down to the ground. You cast your lots for your own destruction!

In devotion as I waited for the morning, the breaking of day, my reflections poured out the waters of redemption since the night and the early morning showered the blessings of rain bathing the earth, for God’s mercy of redemption prevailed, for the saving of us all. I began to tell my devotion story. We know the story of Hanameel’s field, the folks that wanted to take did not get [Jeremiah 32: 6 - 36: 32, KJV, “Hanameel’s field; God confirmeth the captivity; A gracious return promised; The Branch of righteousness; Ruin of Jerusalem foretold; Jews’ disobedience condemned; Baruch’s roll of prophecies; The king burneth the roll]. Accordingly, redemption was purposefully truth in Jesus for THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. LUKE speaks of a widow woman, a prophetess-who prayed and fasted night and day at the temple, named Anna that gave thanks to the Lord, the baby Jesus who was brought to the temple by his parents “to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of two turtle doves, or two young pigeons”[2: 23-24, KJV] and she spoke to everyone about him who looked for redemption in Jerusalem [2: 36-38, KJV, Childhood of Christ].

God is great! Thank you, Lord for your care during the storm. I drifted off to sleep soon thereafter midnight, only quickly to reawaken to a few minutes since midnight and my mind chatted to myself. My hunter came by and it seemed the time my hunter and/or his daughter arrived slightly coincided with a neighbor who comes by almost every day just like so many folks in this neck of the woods driving by, sitting, and watching. It is quite bothersome because you hesitantly wonder whether they plot and scheme to kill you, or not.

Recently, a friend mentioned a single word “bullet” while talking in a friendly Saturday chat on the phone. I did not ask her about what she meant because over the years I had become used to her visions talk-out-aloud, at the moments she received the visions. I thought about it. I know my hunter drove up the path to the back with my dogs chasing behind, one of my dogs recently birthed a litter of pups but still ran to see my hunter.

The neighbor drove into the yard across the road as usually done by him but quickly came out and left which made me think he probably had a vision of my hunter arriving right along the same time behind him. I thank God for my hunter, who probably had a vision of the neighbor and quickly came to the estate to provide protection before the storm from whatever might occur at any given moment by whoever was visibly seen driving by or sitting or watching or even hiding at a distance with a gun. You see, quite a long time ago I had a vision of a bullet flying through the air from across the road where the neighbor who oftentimes if not daily then several times a week drives by, sits and watches but in my vision I did not see or hear the bullet hit or land just flying through the air coming from the direction across the road where many neighbors not only the one I mentioned do drive by, sit, and watch. I thank God because I could not help but go in reflection of how God goes to war. My Saturday chat-on-the-phone friend said “bullet”.

My hunter arrived coincidentally behind the neighbor and compelled him to quickly leave. My hunter stayed until I raked the second before the last stack of leaves to finish my work detail task I set strategy for and a goal for, to accomplish in my mind, earlier in the day praying for patience and strength in yesterday’s morning devotion to get the work done. As my hunter left, came out the path and drove by me, I stopped raking and turned towards the truck thanking God my hunter came by at that time, and spoiled the plans of whomever might shoot a bullet out of a gun in my direction. You see my hunter had a gun, too and the hunting field was leveled—-possibly it was the day. I thank God the day that darkness wanted to use to take life was stopped.

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