out at bush yesterday… several of the shots are available here
May you wait patiently for the Lord.
Though you live in uncertain times,
though you endure painful struggles,
though it seems God is nowhere to be found,
may you find peace and strength
in the one who created the universe.
And as you walk through life
may you be constantly filled with the hope of Christ
eternal and immediate
and always be renewed
in his perfect grace and love.
a quick thought from my morning playlist:
oh what good is it to live
with nothing left to give
forget but not forgive
not loving all you see?
Now you are the body of Christ,
and each of you is a part of it.
May you strive to find your part in Christ’s body –
arms, hands, lips.
May you speak for the voiceless
act for the helpless
carry the weak.
And may you employ God’s blessings in your life
not for your comfort,
but as an extension of the healing and grace
of the giver of every good and perfect gift.
Sometimes I wonder about this picture we have of Jesus. The one of the nice happy guy with long flowing blonde hair and bright blue eyes who always bent over backward to help people. I think it makes us feel really good to picture Jesus as a guy everyone would like – the friend you would invite to a party, not just because he could do some cool tricks, but more importantly because he really *was* the life of the party. I like that Jesus, and I suspect most people do. I’m pretty sure he’s easy to “sell”, and popular among crowds.
But would they kill him?
So often in our modern quest to make Jesus marketable to the masses, we’ve made him an impotent, gutless diplomat who wouldn’t make anybody mad. Ever.
And the problem I have with that idea is that nobody would kill that guy.
But when I look at the people who killed Jesus,
and realize that I look a lot like they did,
and when I realize that if he were here today
he might have a few things to say about me…
I wonder whether we’ve killed the real Jesus too.
james and i went back out to bush, this time with him wielding the macro…
results are here…