Thursday, April 12, 2007

Good Stuff

Overheard in a restaurant not far away, and not long ago.
My wife Wendy: “Riley, behave. The people in the next booth don’t want you staring at them.
Riley’s little sister Chelsey: Mom. Riley isn’t being have.

Overheard during our trip to Hawaii. Two elderly men - one of whom is explaining to the other his secret to longevity.
“All you have to do is walk 15 minutes a day. That’s it. 15 minutes is all it takes. First you walk 15 minutes that way. And then you walk 15 minutes back.”

Last night I asked the kids to clean up the play room. Without question, without protest, they got up and did it. It was kinda surreal - kinda spooky. Something’s up. I’m sitting with my back to the wall.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Delighting In God's Love

I found this in an old document but I cannot for the life of me find who wrote it. When I transfered it from the original I must have clipped the last part that included the name. Anyhow, I love it.

"One distinguishing mark of the love of God, in the small pristine moments when we become aware, is that it always comes to us as something of a surprise. God’s love is so different from any other love we have known. And it’s certainly different from how we love. His love is the only love in the universe that is not rooted in wanting us to fulfill a need in Him. God has no ego needs - and that means He is free to love in a completely unique way. That’s why Jesus prayed that the love He had known with the Father might be experienced by His friends, His disciples, and us, when we come to know him as Lord and Saviour (John 17:26). The love that exists between the members of the Trinity is better and totally different than anything we have known.

Another surprise is how God’s love steps past our special talents and our hard work and reaches into the broken, messy places of our soul. The children’s book “Awful Abigail and Why She Changed” speaks to this aspect of God’s love. Abigail, an innkeeper’s daughter, earns her name by being the kind of little girl who gets into everyone’s hair. One night she is sent to her room, where she watches from her balcony as Mary and Joseph arrive and inquire about staying in her father’s Inn. Once everyone is in bed, Awful Abigail follows a faint light that leads her to the manger. She opens the door and sees Jesus, and the story ends with this wonderful line: “Somehow she knew a dream had come true, and Someone who loved her had found her.”

All of us know moments - or parts of ourselves - we think of as “awful.” No one would want us if he/she knew of this weakness, this sin, this failure. But God is not put off by the messy, broken, sinful, awful aspects of our lives. He pursues us right into the middle of the mess. He does not leave us alone to sanitize the contents - which we are incapable of doing anyway. The real question to ask ourselves is whether we can let ourselves be loved by Him in the “awful” moments of our lives - because the hesitancy is ours, not His.

In the book of Hosea, God talks of wooing Israel, His adulterous bride, into the wilderness. There He will “speak tenderly to her,” and there He will give her vineyards and “a door of hope.” There she will come to know Him not as her owner but - much more intimately - as her husband (see Hosea 2:14-16). The very nature of the relationship will change. And so it is for each of us. The tender, loving words of Jesus, spoken in the wilderness places of our lives, bring us home and bind us to Him as the great Lover of our souls."

It breaks my heart that so many people are scared of finding this love.

What An Awesome Easter!

“Amazing love, how can it be, That you my King would die for me?”

John 3:17 - For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Romans 8:1 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,