Jesus sent them out
first the twelve, then the seventy-two
He sent them out with nothing,
reminding us all we don’t need all the baggage
all the stuff
to accomplish His mission
We just need Him
And if His message is not received
that is okay,
just knock the dust off and keep on going.
We’ve got to do,
miracles to perform,
demons to expel.
Let the Kingdom of God begin here today!
Don’t hide your light
like Saul and Jonah and
that scientist dude from “Pacific Rim”
If you do, eventually
you will be found out
and everyone will wonder
what you were doing,
what they missed,
while you were hidden.
I love that the Greek word for God’s love for us is agápē
Because, when you remove all the markers above the letters,
you get agape-
like mouth agape, heart agape, mind agape,
God’s love for us is so beyond our comprehension
that it should leave us with our jaw hanging down,
we ought to be scratching our heads and
falling to our knees in awe of it.
Likewise, when we love like He loves,
we should illicit the same response.
We’re talking blow-your-mind awesome.
Our love should be so righteous, so pure,
so unexpectedly right
that it leaves a mark, makes a difference,
changes the world, if only a little bit.
There, my friends, is our benchmark.
Time to thrive.
and resurrection transforms
to carrier pigeons
The Japanese have an art form called Kintsugi,
where broken pottery is joined back together with gold,
the break is not erased but highlighted,
pointing out that what once was severed was made whole again,
yet nobody pretends the break never existed.
I think of that sometimes, looking out through our magnificent
I see the sun shining through the Tiffany panes,
and I’m reminded that we too were torn and mended,
and the only glue is gold.