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It Takes a Village and a Child

Here is one of my poems called:

 

It Takes a Village and a Child

 

They say it takes a village to properly raise a child.
But it also takes a child to properly raise a village.
To reach one’s fullest potential,
fatherhood or motherhood is absolutely essential.
Not in legal paper and ink,
nor even biologically having a link.
But, rather in our heart is where it must start.
To fully have compassion for the helpless that we know,
in our hearts, we must be parents to God’s creation
and help them grow.
We must be parents to the world to learn selfless love,
by loving as though they are an extension thereof.
We need you to be our father or mother
and you need us to be your child,
just as you need us to be your parental sister or brother
while we need you as our child all the while.
So, every Mother’s Day and Father’s Day let us celebrate with love
those parents and children that help us rise above.
For we must make each other be
the catalyst for the potential we all could see.

David Michael Cray

This poem is based around an old Native American Indian saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”. The poem was written the day after Mother’s Day 2020 before being given revelation and a sign even with a non-vocal voice saying that it was fitting for it to be written on this day as we should all be pursuing after being parents to each other, thus conforming to Jesus’ image as a Father to all people who will receive that love. God even kept me from sleeping that night to make it naturally easier to write, edit, type, and post the poem with notes all on the appropriate day (After Mother’s day). He could have just worked a miracle, but why when He can make it natural as opposed to unnatural which I’ve come to learn to appreciate very much over the years. This also happened to be the day I finished my third time reading and listening through the whole Bible(Father’s day is also an appropriate day, but the message was not primarily for me except as a confirmation as I have already learned that it is true although my following it is up to God alone to judge not me). That also seemed to make this day fit properly as I believe learning from the Bible is the best way to fulfill God’s expectations and purpose for us which he recommended us to obey in order be a father, mother, brother, or sister to Jesus Himself. As He says in Mark 3:35 “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

It is through seeking His kingdom that He says that we are blessed. Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”.
In this troubling time we are in, seeking God’s word and His blessing is of utmost importance. This is true especially because God says in Malachi 4-6 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel. 5 ‘See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

And in Malachi 3:8-9 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you ask, ‘How do we rob You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9You are cursed with a curse, yet you— the whole nation— are still robbing Me.” The blood of Christ can cleanse us from these sins, but we may still get chastised if we continue in them even as Christians. Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”

I don’t wish to say that Covid-19 is a curse from God.

God is love, He does not curse, technically.

 

But, He does sometimes chastise us to teach us and if a Christian is “dead to sin” from being saved and yet is practicing sin then they will feel that as though it is uncomfortable from God’s chastisement. These days it seems from what we see that many don’t heed this word of God in reading the scriptures regularly, maybe even some Christians and very few Christians even seem to know the scriptures by heart enough to be able to remember them without reading them (so we need to read them or be reminded of them through teachings). I also admit that I have not always been diligent at this. The problem with this is not a supernatural curse it is the natural lack of the blessings that come from following God’s word. These can be immense blessings that we don’t want to miss out on.

The lack of the return of the tithe to God’s church is another thing that scripture warns of a “curse” on the land from that mistake. Whether you believe that a curse or chastisement is happening or not right now, one thing is clear from what the Bible teaches.

1.studying the scriptures and

2.giving to God’s church so that it can provide food, clothing, shelter, good teachings and other help for the poor and the needy

are two things that help a great many people.

This does too much good in the world for there to be any reason to let such a risk that comes from not doing those things to keep happening. Simply to avoid the risk of a curse, be sure to give tithes and offerings to the church and study the scriptures. But the real point is that far more good will come of those things than just avoiding a curse. In fact, in comparison the lack of natural benefits from these things would be considered a curse even without any attacks on the lands, or on the harvest, etc.

So it is not really God cursing when we don’t do these things, but us cursing ourselves and each other. And here is why we can know there can be great blessings for obeying God. God even says to test Him with the tithe (which is unusual as we are not normally supposed to test God). And He says in Malachi 3:10-11″Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,’ says the LORD of Hosts. ‘See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your land, and the vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit,’ says the LORD of Hosts.”

This is a pretty huge bonus reason for doing this!

So, like Christians like to say, “Taste and See!” Try it and enjoy the many benefits that come from these things.

 

Peace and joy are in Jesus Christ,

David Michael Cray

Classical Guitarist/Author/Speaker

Temples of the Spirit Productions

 

 

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God Bless!