Conflictions with Love and the Way of Jesus

In the words of G.K. Chesterton, “The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.”

I don’t like these words this morning.

I don’t like their seeming conflictions,

or conflicted implications. 

 

Jesus says He is the Way.

And God says He is Love.

And Scripture says They are one.

So I can only conclude that “the Way” must be “Love.” 

But what about times I don’t want to choose Love?

When I’d prefer another way in, or out,

Because the Way of Love hurts too bad?

 

Micah and I are leaving for Haiti next week.

An Early Valentine

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27

Isaiah 51

 1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
   and who seek the LORD:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
   and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
2 look to Abraham, your father,
   and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
When I called him he was only one man,
   and I blessed him and made him many.
3 The LORD will surely comfort Zion
   and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
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Norms and What You're Raised With

A posse of young, boys was playing basketball in my neighborhood the other day.  They were gifted and African American, looking to me like miniatures of the guys on TV.  With one exception though, I noticed—their rim was a good couple feet higher than the normal ten-footer!

“What are you boys doin’ playing on such a high hoop!?” 

“What you mean, Mrs. Abbie?  This is our normal.  And we barely ever miss. Watch this,” said the shortest of the bunch, laying-up the ball with a near perfect swoosh.

“Oh,” I said, walking away with two realizations.  Namely, that we are what we’re raised with, and our "norms" aren't always (or are rarely!) the norms of those around us.  This goes for views of sports, health, safety, morality, church, God, self, family, theology, psychology, and the list goes on.

Preliminary Ponderings on Unbelief and Rest

This post began this morning in a prayer time caught by the words, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11.28).  I bet I’ve breezed by the verse two hundred times, but this morning it stopped me. As I meditated on the words, feeling their elaborate depths, something in me sensed an appetite for “more.”  Do You mean more coming to You, God, or receiving of Your rest?  Or maybe You want me to open to unrest?  What do you mean by drawing me toward more, Father?

I sat for a handful of minutes, overwhelmed by my needs for reprieve.  And for such repreive needed by others.  Names and faces began illustrating my prayers.  This person and that friend—this family member and that enemy—“How might they be weary and burdened, Holy Spirit, hungry for Your rest?”  Names and faces kept coming.

Palace, Not Cottage

"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way tha...t hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." — C.
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Is Christianity Really That Different?


Rambling reflections as I sit in a coffee shop this morning.  Couldn’t help but listen-in on a business conversation setting the table behind me.  “What makes our real estate more desiring than the one across the street?…What makes us more profitable than our competitors?”  And as I settled into my chai and let their gripping words collide with my ears, I realized the relevancy of these questions, as they applied to my stance as a Christian. 

“Why is our message worth more than any other?”  “Is my faith that different from the one across the street, down the hall, or in another building?”  And I’m no apologetic, but allowing God to sift me through these matters left my heart with a truth, transcending any argument, religion, and even reason. 

I remembered that Christian’s belief system stands on grace.
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Not So Happily Ever After



Not so happily ever after as Indian divorce rate doubles

By Mark Dummett BBC News, Delhi
Indian models display bridal wear during a bridal make-up workshop in Amritsar, August 2010 Most of those splitting up are members of the thriving, urban middle class

It is wedding season in India, the time of year when astrologers say the omens are best for a long and successful marriage.

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Light

I’ve been intrigued by light lately.

The kind that bridges black to dim,

and dim to dawn.

Decorating the heights

and beckoning life from that which is deep,

Awakening horizons and arising heat.

I’ve been intrigued by lightly lately

As in the flame of a candle,

The fierceness of its glory,

The passion of its shadow,

The fragility of its strength.

I’ve been intrigued by light lately and God being called, “the Father of lights, with whom there is no

variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).

Quotable Thanks

"Giving thanks to God for both His temporal and spiritual blessings in our lives
is not just a nice thing to do - it is the moral will of God.
Failure to give Him the thanks due Him is sin."
[Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins]

"O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
[Shakespeare]

"He who remembers the benefits of his parents is too much occupied with his recollections to remember their faults."
[Béranger]

"We never approach God without cause for gratitude.
Thankfulness, a duty and delight greatly prominent in the Bible, is the declarative mood of gratitude - a bright fire in the world's frigid zone,
the memory and homage of the heart, a master force in soul-building, the greatest tonic faith has. Be ye thankful."

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