The Write Place- Curtis Bruce Kessler

February 24, 2012

It Might Save Your Life

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I have been reading with great sadness the news reports these past few weeks of people being ejected from their vehicle after a crash.  One driver has died recently and another driver is clinging to life. The police press report shared by Joel Pruett in the Norman Transcript 2/24/2012 noted that this was the second major accident in which a driver was ejected for not wearing a seat belt. The quote that caught my eye stated “Take a few seconds; put on your seatbelt. It just might save your life.”  Oh how this statement hits home!  I wonder, what is the value I place on life with the precious seconds I’ve been granted?

Many times we just do things off the cuff.  Without any real reason or thought we just act and never contemplate the likelihood of disaster that is waiting around the corner.  Life is that precarious and indeed life is that precious.  How easy it is to forget that the little details in our lives has as much to do with cause and effect as the major decisions we place so much attention to.  It’s the little things that count someone once said.  But, truly, those little details (those little things) are absolutely critical.

“It might save your life” is a truism. But, this is a true cautionary statement about life. Yes, putting on your seatbelt may indeed save your life but there is no such thing as a guarantee. No one can say that by putting on your seatbelt your life and survival is a certainty.  This is why every second counts. The seconds you take in putting on your seatbelt, the seconds you take in telling someone you love them, the seconds you take to hug your dad or mom, the seconds you take to praise your children, the seconds you take to hold someone’s hand in prayer, or the seconds it takes to simply say please forgive me are seconds that life is made of.

You see, this is not about the seatbelt per se but is and always will be about those precious seconds, those seconds that many of us wish we could have back.

Man in serious condition after crash



February 16, 2012

The Secret Places of the Stairs

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I like to exercise, so, at work every day I climb the stairs. During our break I traverse the six floors of our building twice. Most of the time the stairway is clear and this affords me the opportunity to meditate about the Words of God and Jesus, pray, dream, ponder the days decisions, think about home, think about family and friends, argue with myself, fuss about the politics of our day, and imagine. While climbing these stairs I can hear voices well before I actually see the person or persons, I can hear footsteps, I can hear activities taking place outside the walls of the stairwell, I hear doors opening and closing, I can sense the temperature change and the environment subtly effected by the upper roof door opening, I can hear my own movements and breathing, I know when folks come in and when they leave. What I thought would be routine and dull has truly become inspiring. To be certain these stairs have proven to be a world of wonder and a treasure cove of spiritual enlightenment. I now find myself looking forward to climbing these stairs with anticipation and expectation for incredibly this is like a journey filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, carefully stepping here and there, yet with the knowledge that the goal I’ve entered is destined to be completed.

Such is the nature and beauty of our journey and prayer-life in Christ. Along this journey there are opportunities for personal enlightenment. These spiritual treasures are hidden and waiting to be discovered through prayer. Peter refers to the hidden man of the heart (1 Peter 3:4) and that is the secret place where you and God are the most intimate. It is there in prayer, in that secret place; you open yourself fully and completely to God. Like in the privacy of the stairwell you enter that unique secret chamber to speak openly with God. About this Jesus said in Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Here in this stairwell of prayer we open our hearts freely and without reservation, we listen intently to His words, we know Him and walk with Him, we call out to Him, talk with Him, rejoice with Him, and move to the next level by His presence and powerful hand.

Are you and I really willing to enter that chamber? Are you and I truly willing to expose our hearts in prayer? Are we truly willing to open up our lives wholly in prayer in which by doing so we call on His name, hear His voice clearly, and so dramatically we are privileged to experience a level of unparalleled spirituality and inspiration. If we do then Jesus promises something quite amazing and remarkable- He will reward us openly. My friend, pray thus so, pray thus so. 14”O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” (Song of Solomon 2, KJV)


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