The gospels don’t hide the fact that Jesus came to a broken world.
Religious leaders who were supposed to be guarding and guiding God’s people were instead protecting positions of power and leading others astray.
The masses were beaten down-helpless under the burden of Roman occupation and hopeless that they could ever “measure up” under the system of customs and laws that had been imposed by the Pharisees.
Jesus spoke truth to this reality, He didn’t deny it.
Jesus looked brokenness in the face and promised redemption and restoration.
But He admitted that in THIS world, the one we walked on, there would be tribulation. He didn’t promise a pain-free existence, He promised His Presence in the midst of pain.
And that is the power of the cross-that an instrument of torture became a symbol of hope.
What the enemy meant for evil, God used for good.
When we try to soft-pedal the struggles of life, when we try to shape our stories into victorious narratives with tidy endings, when we deny the presence of pain, we diminish the power of the cross.
Read more here: denial
“Family means no one gets left behind or fogotten”~David Ogden Stiers
We are in this together, and part of my job as mom to the children still walking the earth with me is to help them survive the loss of their brother.
I write about that here: Helping My Children Walk Through Grief
So many times I choose to designate those who are doing great things for the Kingdom of God as having special talent, or a special calling or extraordinary grace.
In doing so I try to excuse myself from my obligations as a Christ follower.
I set those “super Christians” aside as “holy” and “other” to make it easier to trudge blindly on, ignoring the people God places in MY path as MY assignment.
And that is sin.
If my life is too busy to bend down,
if my calendar is too full to make room for helping my neighbor,
if my heart is too hard to break over the pain and suffering and hopelessness that is splattered across headlines and newsfeeds,
then I am not listening to my Savior.
When my heart is turned toward Christ, it is filled with His love, His compassion, His mercy and grace.
Loving others is not a special calling or talent or gift.
It is a command.
[Jesus said] So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.
John 13:34-35 VOICE