Thursday, January 2, 2014

Would Grandpa Call That A Blessing, Or Something Else?

On one of the many scraps of paper Grandfather Francis left behind, among his many prayers he used in church services, is something resembling a definition. Yet he doesn't say what word he's defining. I would like to think he left it behind for me to figure out...

The act of dispensing; a dealing out. That which is bestowed on or appointed to one from a higher power. One of the several systems or bodies of law in which at different times GOD has revealed HIS mind and will to man, or the continued state of things resulting from the operation of one of these systems. The period during which a particular revelation of GOD'S mind and will has been directly operative on mankind.

My first guess at what Grandpa is trying to define is "blessing." But that's my optimistic side, and things are never that easy. Feeding the first sentence into Google produces the word "dispensation," which is more likely what he was getting at. It is both a noun and a verb, just as "blessing" is a noun and a verb.

Not every dispensation from GOD is a blessing, but more of them are than aren't. My takeaway from this is a reminder that even though GOD loves us and sent HIS SON for us, we can't ignore that HE will dole out justice (Hebrews 10:26-31). I don't know in what context Grandpa was using the above definition, but GOD'S truth will help fill in some blanks.

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