Here, Today

*Mark 6:7-12

 

Jesus sent them out

in pairs

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!

Agape

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,

wide open.

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.

Forget countercultural.

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.

 

Stained Glass

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

stained glass

windows.

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.