Archive for February, 2009

Feb
24

The Perfect Gift

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 From my heart’s perspective, one of the most beautiful stories recorded in scripture is the story of the woman in Luke 7.  We Christians are familiar with it and often read over the depth of the story. Can we pause today and look in a new way? 

Jesus is at a Pharisee’s house where he has gone to eat dinner.  The Pharisees were very religious – self-righteously so.  Jesus sits down to eat and a woman “who was a sinner” came.  Now we understand that in Bible times, women were devalued, sort of sub-important people.  So here comes a woman into a men’s gathering (picture the men’s monthly meeting at your church).  She is “an especially wicked sinner” according to the Amplified Version of the Bible. Other versions say she was “a woman of the town”; “a harlot”; “a notorious sinner; a social outcast, devoted to sin.” 

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Feb
23

Looks Like Jesus to Me

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 One of the most fascinating looks into the heart of God is a look into Jesus on the cross. Today I am not thinking of what happened spiritually, although that is completely and fully worthy of our thoughts.  Today I am thinking of what happened in the realm of Jesus’ earthly relationships. 

Believing that Jesus was 100% God and 100% human is one of the great mysteries of the church.  Maybe you think that is an overstatement.  Certainly we “believe” it mentally, but practically, I feel that oftentimes we have difficulty accepting this truth.  We can get the 100% God part, but the 100% human part is incomprehensible to us. Yet it is a cornerstone of our faith.  

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Feb
13

To Give Yourself

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What does it mean to give yourself?  What response do those words evoke within you? And to whom are you willing to give yourself? 

We might think of a father giving his daughter away. Our daughter is getting married in August, and we will “give” her away.

But truly she will have to give herself to her husband. 

We also give ourselves in friendship.  We give ourselves in so many relationships.  We give our hearts to God. 

We speak of being whole-hearted in our devotion. Of giving ourselves completely. Yet sometimes I find that I resist the whole-hearted giving of myself.  Doesn’t it feel safer to keep a few corners of your heart in a place no one can have.  Perhaps we’ve  all learned the art of self-preservation. 

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Feb
12

Can Someone Else Kill Your Dream?

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 Last night I watched American Idol.  I watched as many contestants were eliminated.  Some cried.  Some were angry.  Some talked about how this failure would not take their dream away, yet many responded indicating that this rejection was, in fact, the death of their dreams. They were angry at the judges for not seeing the talent within them and for denying them the dream of their hearts. 

I felt reflective as I watched.  I wondered, “Can someone else kill your dreams?”

I’ve certainly experienced times when people misunderstood my dreams, shamed me for dreaming, called my dreams impossible or foolish.  I imagine we have all experienced that.  

And how have we responded? 

….in anger? 

…in disappointment? 

…in resolve to never give up? 

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Feb
05

Love, Law, and Life on the Long Road Home

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Life can throw us in the ditch sometimes. Whether it be circumstances beyond our control, our own foolishness, the cruelty of others, or a combination of things that knock us off the horse we are riding, we’ve all found ourselves in the proverbial ditch. At times, our wounds are minor and the ditch is shallow, and we manage to get out by ourselves.  At other times, our injuries are life-threatening and without intervention, we are as good as dead. 

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