Anne Cameron Cutri

Anne Cameron Cutri
Northern, Pennsylvania, USA
November 09
This blog is about the journey from here to there. Early posts have devotional poetry and prose with scripture included. Many deal with the difficulty of having people in my life who are living with cancer and have died from cancer. Now I'm focusing on going back to college in my 50's and discovering a new path to direct my art--which is art therapy. _________________________________________ All of the artwork I created unless otherwise noted. If you'd like to buy one of my paintings or contact me to say oh, give me a million dollars to help me in my artistic endeavors : See my art and purchase prints here: orginals: merchandise: __________________________________________ The scriptures are usually taken from the New Revised Standard w/ apocrypha or the New King James.

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FEBRUARY 25, 2010 6:50PM

Where Does God Dwell?

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Psalm 39

Where does God Dwell?

Where does God dwell?
Does He visit one church and not another?
Is He only there for believers?
Does He ask us to prove our faith or test Him?

Moses made the tent of testimony
after the pattern that God ordered.
Everything from the construction
of the tent to the furnishings
was according to pattern.
During that time, God
dwelled in the ark of the covenant.
Only the privileged elect
could experience His Presence.

This tradition was passed on through generations.
Until such a time as God appointed
Solomon was to build a house as
a dwelling place.1

Why would God appoint someone
to build a house when He proclaims,
"Heaven is my throne
and earth is my footstool."

I say, God gives us directives
for our good, not because He needs it.
Can we follow His instructions?
How is our communication with Him?
Can we hear? Do we see?
The Divine Teacher instructs
those he chooses.

Does God dwell in the handling of snakes?2
Jesus says,
"Be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves.3

Does God dwell in the drinking of poison?
Jesus says,
"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,
and let the one who believes in me, drink."4

Does God dwell when speaking in tongues?
Paul said to the Corinthians,
"If I speak in the tongues of mortals and angels,
but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal."5

God sets a pattern and a season for all things,
and He offers many spiritual gifts.
Out of love, He gave his Son, Jesus
so that all could be set free,
when in the time of the law of Moses
you could not be freed.6

Beloved, I urge you to
pray without ceasing,
give thanks, rejoice always,
test everything,
hold on to what is good
and most of all
to love one another.7

For the Lord Himself
with a cry of command,
with the archangel's call,
and the sound of the trumpet
will descend from heaven!8

May we be caught up in the clouds
flying to meet Him there,
so that we may be one
with The One
forever and ever!

1 Acts 7:44 "Our ancestors had the tent of testimony in the wilderness, as God directed when he spoke to Moses, ordering him to make it according to the pattern he had seen. 45 Our ancestors in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors. And it was there until the time of David, 46 who found favor with God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him. 48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says, 49 "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? 50 Did not my hand make all these things?'

2 Mark 16: 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover." 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it

3 Matthew 10: 16 "See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves

4 John 7:37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38 and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, "Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.' " 39 Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified

5 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing

6 Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died, was laid beside his ancestors, and experienced corruption; 37 but he whom God raised up experienced no corruption. 38 Let it be known to you therefore, my brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you; 39 by this Jesus everyone who believes is set free from all those sins from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

7 1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 15 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise the words of prophets, 21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil. 23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this

8 1 Thessalonians 4: 16 For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.



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It took me a couple of days to sort this one out.....
Well, it's beautiful and well-written.
Amen sister, Amen I say. XO Jali.
Thank you Amanda, and thanks for stopping by.

Jali, there you are again sista, thanks for the Amen!
Anne! Good to see you today! For me, God is All, and no one is without him! Being more and more One with this All, a Love beyond our own understanding, gives us joy in our lives!

(And I believe that in the words we are given wisdom, if we can find it! I love the wisdom in yours!) Love, Julie
I love the artwork very much, Anne. R.
Julieshanti: Yes I believe that too, however I feel we must have active participation and for me at least it has been easy to get off course by my lack of wisdom in the love department. I guess that's why Christianity works for me, I need some boundaries in the expansive whole if that makes any sense. I see Christ as a light shaft or a pathway to the great expanse and I take comfort in that image almost like I'm a train or rocketship that has a rail or some kind of mechanism that helps me stay on course.
PattyJane, thank you about the artwork, it's an older piece a opaque water color collage.
Well done, Anne. I like the way you posed the questions and leave it up to your readers to decide where they stand on them. The quotes ("Jesus says,...") offer an alternative meaning to the questions therefore keep them from being rhetorical.

Rhetorical questions are not very helpful if we hope others will think about what our writing means FOR THEM. They are false questions in which the reader is assumed to agree with the writer. That is fine in fiction and some other forms of literary writing, but falls far short of a reasonable way to teach people to think for themselves. So I am delighted that you avoided them.

The last two stanzas are also open to interpretation as to the meaning of how those things will come to pass and I really appreciate that you stick closely to the scripture which allows your reader to use his or her imagination to decide for themselves how they visualize them.

As you know I do not think they are literal (but many do) because when that time comes I believe we will be on the cusp between time and space and eternity and ordinary physical explanations will not apply.

Be that as it may, others can make their own decisions.

I also like that, regardless how we answer those questions, since it is far more likely that we will meet our Lord by passing through earthly life through death into heavenly life the third stanza from the end (and the Biblical reference) tells us clearly what we need to be doing now.

As Jesus told us, even he knows not when the end time is, only the Father. Our job is to be ready when it does come, and to be equally ready to be called home through death. If we are there will be no need to fear death and there will be Christian hope for eternal life in the presence of our Lord.

Excellent psalm.

Thank you so much Monte, that means a lot! And thank you for elaborating on the scripture. BTW Pat is done with his chemo --Yea! thanks for all your advice on the matter. He is one that has seen death (when he was in a car accident ) He describes that everything before heaven is slower than the speed of light and everything in heaven is faster than the speed of light. Interesting to try to wrap your mind around that eh?
Ghost-You are absolutely right our concept of God is so tiny in comparison to what God really is. Did you think I was criticizing or were you just warning me because you feel the pain of doing so? If anything I was criticizing us, mere mortals for thinking we know it what it is or what God's doing. But I feel the intensity with which you are saying this from personal experience, one reads about the wrath of God and to fear God, is wisdom and I feel that on a deeper level now.
Okay well don't be too hard on yourself God does forgive you know!
Ghost: I'm so sorry to hear about your health. My friend iwilbeatit, (here on OS) has commented on my blog before. He just went through 2 rounds of chemo and beat it that metatisized to the bone. He told me he felt so horrible from the treatment, he thought he was going to die several times. Years ago he was a case study in a book about life after death experiences. I'm sure he will be glad to share with you just PM him. I'll let him know you might contact him.
Norville: as in New Jersey? If you saw the movie "dogma" they showed god as a woman and she was on vacation playing skeetball in New Jersey. A sort of irreverent tale, but entertaining nonetheless.
He sets up residence in the Tabernacle of our hearts, what a grest image to behold
Greatfullheart: Yes ! Amen to that He does reside in the tabernacle of our hearts!
Amen. I haven't told you how much I love your beautiful posts.
Restocking Grandma: thank you so much! I never know sometimes if I'm making a difference, except for the ones that comment regularly, so thank you for taking the time to comment! I'm glad you are being blessed by them!