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Topic: GRATE (11/19/15)
- TITLE: All Nice and Warm In Jesus' Arms
By LaVonne Wood
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Well, it wasn’t quite as warm as I would like it to be. It had no modern heating system, just a large furnace in the basement of the school. Upstairs in the classroom the heat entered the room via a large, probably about a 4 x 4 foot, metal grate covering a hole in the floor. The metal bars of the grate would keep us from falling into the furnace. The blower from the furnace pushed the heat up through that grate to heat the school.
Standing on top of that grate and feeling the warmth of the heat blowing all over me made it my favorite spot to hang out in the winter months. Sometimes I would have to hold on to my skirt so it wouldn’t blow up too far, revealing more than was comfortable.
All my other classmates would bundle up at recess time and go outdoors to play. Not me; I didn’t like the cold and stayed right on top of the metal grate as much as I could. Of course, class time would begin and I reluctantly sat at my desk until next recess time. The moment I stepped off that grate though, I could feel the coolness in the air.
Things haven’t changed much over the years. I still dislike the winter months and the cold it brings. I keep my thermostat up a little higher than most homes I’ve visited. There is just something about a heated room, whether by furnace, fireplace, or a forced air heater, that gives me a warm, cozy feeling.
I experience that same kind of cozy warm feeling when I am close to Jesus. It is warmth that is not dependent on a thermometer, but rather the loving arms of Jesus. I like to picture myself as a little child, all curled up on his lap. He would wrap his warm arms around me, holding me close to his heart. I see a smile on his face as he looks down on me. There I feel safe from the effects of a cruel, cold world.
There are no grate-like iron bars separating me from the warmth of Jesus’ love. This world can be very cold at times, especially when I find myself drifting too far away from his tender care. It is then that I long to get back into those warm, loving arms of Jesus.
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