Friday, December 12, 2014

Another Piece on Peace!

Peace in this time of unrest seems to be my heart cry as I write...and this piece continues the theme.

‘Peace on earthy, good will to men,’ chimes the world at Christmas time. The words of the old carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” was birthed in a time of civil unrest and personal heartache.  The present day turmoil threatens to trap us in the verse that proclaims in despair:  ‘…and in despair I bowed my head:  There is no peace on earth, I said.  For hate is strong and mocks the song…”  That need not be:  Longfellow found the Truth in Christmas and proudly proclaimed it.  We must too!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Whose Problem Is It?

"Whose problem is it?"  That one line from a parenting education course remains a powerful tool in my life--even though our children are now grown.  The necessity of discerning problem ownership permeates all of life.  God demands accountability from each of us, for all of us.

We saw it first in the Garden of Eden.  Can you imagine the horrific heartache of that day?  God, who loved walking in His perfect creation with the ones He made to relate to Him, accepted the heart-breaking responsibility of delivering cursed consequences.  Instead of enjoying the fellowship He longed for, He confronted rebellion and delivered consequences.  Delay would have meant eternal destructive havoc.  Yes, He knew that the Promise dwelt in the midst of the Curse, but He also knew the millennia of pain already unfurling.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Jars of Clay

Jars of Clay
In a way, this record represents, for me, a self-imposed eviction notice from a religious community that is unfit to live in.  I am packing up my things.  I will gather my questions, my opinions, my mistakes and confessions and start walking in search of….
Daniel Haseltine, lead vocalist Jars of Clay
Those are sad, hard words from an artist who was nurtured and popularized by the religious community he cannot find a place within.  Yet in the midst of those words, there is a glorious right-ness about his movement.  In his blog piece explanation about his ‘self-imposed’ eviction, Haseltine explains his weariness of pretending to be more than he is.  Never does God desire for us to be pretenders.

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