Sunday, April 8, 2012

Some Mornings are better than others.


After the Sabbath, as the first light of a new week dawned. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God's angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightening blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn't move.

The angel spoke to the women: "There is nothing to fear here. I know you're looking for for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed."

"Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, "He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there." That's the message."
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Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshipped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far & near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age."
Matt. 28: 1 - 20 (Message Bible)


"Faith" is natural, but it is not always easy.

I sat in my chair this morning in faith. Yes, I did.

I did not look at the blueprint of the chair to see the schematics and determine if the chair was safe. I just sat. That is blind faith. We do this all the time. So yes, most of life is based on faith of some type.

"Faith" is natural, but it is not always easy.

Some of the time, faith is rather difficult.



Some mornings I am like this...





But other mornings I am like this...




"Faith" is natural, but it is not always easy.


I am confused a good deal of the time. When I read the bible, I am easily confused. There is much that I cannot explain, nor understand.

A man swallowed by a fish/whale, yet he lives to tell the tale. Three men tossed into a burning furnace, but they live to tell the tale. A man beheaded because he told truth to a king. A man who wrestles with God and then walks with a limp for the rest of his life. A woman who watches her son turn 180 gallons of water into the finest of wines.

A man watches his friend die in his place, and yet later goes fishing with that same man.


All because there is a God who can do things like this?


Hard for me to rap my mind around that, because I was not there to see any of it. Something like that is difficult to "Believe." Even if you did, it is difficult to place your faith & life in that and to live it out.


"Faith" is natural, but it is not always easy.

But if it is true...



Some mornings I am like this. Other mornings I am like that.


This morning, I am like this...



Peace

Joe

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