My greatest desire is for you to have an intimate experience
with our LORD and Savior.
Our faith journey is not a museum,
with red tape and security cameras
and people with badges keeping a scornful eye.
It is paint and easel, it is a cheering crowd
It is Play-dough and a full sprint
It is sweat and blood mixed with the Holy Spirit.
Our God is a living God!
Time for us to live like it.
My cats are wannabe escape artists
They dream of being outside cats,
but they’re not.
That does not stop them from trying though.
Every day when my wife and I get home,
they try to get out.
Sometimes, they double-team us,
figuring with our attention divided
they could finally succeed.
Sometimes they get out as far as the porch
as if utterly awestruck at their own accomplishment.
They have tried this enough times
that finally the day came
where one of them managed to escape detection,
slipping past us into the front yard.
My wife was the first to notice, but not until the following morning.
She walked around the house with a can of tuna,
then outside the house.
Finally the cat appeared, covered in cobwebs while trying to seek shelter
from the elements.
We’re not all that different from out feline friends.
We go against ourselves, telling ourselves we are this or that
when we’re not.
God entertains us for a time,
but eventually the truth hits the fan.
And we wander back a little wiser,
with our own tale of woe to tell.
Still, God is patient and kind and has a can of tuna ready.
We’re His after all.
He always is glad to see us return.
“[They] were both naked,
and they felt no shame.”
There was nothing, no barriers between them,
LORD, bring us back to this place.
Once upon a time, there lived a person named Madison
They played sports and sowed quilts,
Owned businesses and cried when they felt pain
People would ask them if they were a boy or a girl
Madison would just laugh and say,
“does it matter?”
And they all lived happily ever after.
You cannot be forgiven in full for something you have not confessed
Revelation works both ways.
Don’t hold back.
Gimme all you got.
If you wanna show the world
who you are,
you gotta break passed the barriers.
So, bring it on.
The difference between flowers in vases
and flowers in the ground
is, though both will die,
the latter will give birth to new life.