Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I See You

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Dear followers of Jesus,

I see you.

I see you taking a meal to your neighbors, and taking your friend to an appointment.

I see you clearing tables after a meal at church, and I see you showing your Sunday school students how to do it with you.

I see you changing diapers in the nursery, teaching energetic children, and welcoming strangers.

I see you worshiping in joy and in brokenness, sometimes both at the same time. 

I see you volunteering at the local school and the nursing home and packing meals for the hungry.

I see you inviting people into your home to remind them they are part of a family.

I see you encouraging the people around you, not wanting even one to get away without knowing how loved they are.

I see you letting others know when someone needs more prayers or help than you can offer alone.

I see you leading, tirelessly, coordinating details and working behind the scenes.

I see you approaching your job as a calling and a ministry.

I see you caring for the widow and the orphan and the alien.

I see you drawing attention to Jesus, and not to yourself, sharing hope from the scriptures and his love from your heart.

I see you breathing life and beauty into the world around you.

It seems as though a lot of people miss it, because for some reason or another, they are not close enough to notice. 

I hope and trust you'll keep living out the life of Jesus anyway.  I love being the church with you.  You inspire me.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Full Circle

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It became abundantly obvious that day 
when he stood next to that mama tiger's cub
that he had come full circle.

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Where this mom had once stood a little intimidated
by the presence of that big wild cat next to her tiny, happy boy,
now mama tiger's cub was dwarfed by him.

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It was almost as though she had noticed too.

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He has come full circle in ways too numerous to count.

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Baby Ben

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And he's been teaching us to say goodbye

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almost since we first said hello.

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Tonight he graduates.

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Of course we are proud of him.  He's our son.
But this one thing struck me as so appropriate.
He's a guy who values honor more than honors.
He is, indeed, graduating with honor.

"He has told you, O man, what is good:
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice,
to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?"
Micah 6:8