"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." - Col. 1:17 (NIV) Where's your God today? Is he relegated to some small space, tucked away until you arrive at church? Or your small group? Was he left at home? Or was he your first thought this morning? Is he perhaps front and center? Does he feel near to you or far away?
Monthly Archive: March 2008
"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being `care-full,' you'll find yourselves cared for." - Matthew 5:7 (The Message) We are called to trust the promise of Jesus, that when we do empty ourselves of self-centered ways, and the fear of being overwhelmed with the needs of others, we will be filled with the care and love which comes from God. This can produce a blessing for both those we care for and for ourselves as well.
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. But he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door and, instead of asking for a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"
A boy was sitting in a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. "Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!" he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not. Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local University. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his Joy.
"Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom." - Mark 15:37-38 (NRSV) Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we no longer need protection from God's wrath; in fact we can approach God without any fear - having the blessed assurance that God's wrath has been appeased through the death of Christ.
There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups. Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked "May we see that? We've never seen a cup quite so beautiful."