Friday

Everything changed

Everything was different after Genesis 3.

I don't know much, but I know that sin...stinks. Who knows what life was like before Adam and Eve took that fruit, but I know it was good.

No pain.
No death.
No hurt.
No arguments.
No tears.
No hate.
No sin.

Now there are all those things.

And yet....there IS joy, the IS life, there IS peace, there IS hope even in the midst of all that is so bad. Even in the midst of the space that I take up there can be these things.

Of course that creates tension.

But isn't tension the element that keeps us interested? Doesn't tension keep the story moving, keep us hooked. Without tension we would never have relief, resolution, redemption.

How amazing it is that people can be involved in the story of God. They have been all along. They will be forever.

Everything changed. Everything got worse. But everything doesn't have to stay that way. I can't wait to see what come next.

Tuesday

How amazing

So I'm reading Matthew 11.

There's a lot going on, of course...Jesus is answering John the Baptist's questions about Him. Yes. Even John the Baptist doubted. He rebukes that generation of people and then gives stinging woes to cities around the area. Things like "it will be more tolerable for Sodom in the day of judgment than for you." Wow.

Then, after all that, Jesus says to these same people:
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Jesus' invitation is not new to me, but i had forgotten the context. God desires that people come to Him. How is that possible? I haven't murdered anyone, but my heart is wicked and dark and yet..."Come to Me" Jesus says.

Grace.

Wow.



Friday

New Things

Well my sprackle-popped ankle is mending. This is good news.

Jenny and I have decided to go with RMI to Guatemala. This is not news to some of you, but it's news none the less.

We are really excited/scared about the whole thing and really look forward to the next year or so. I'm not sure when we would leave; that depends on a number of things like when we can raise support, I still have to graduate, and other such things.

All in all though we have been very surprised by people's reactions to the news. All are very excited and a little sad and I guess we are the same. It's wonderful and yet we will miss a bunch of wonderful people (particularly you in the College ministry). But what example would we be if we knew God was calling us to something and we didn't go just because it made us sad?

Anyway, that's the News.

Of course, college football season is over and there is with that another sadness. But of a different kind.

At least the Red Raiders went out on a high note. :-)