(Originally Posted – February 2015)
Jesus talked with people.
Jesus walked with people.
Jesus ate with people.
Jesus prayed with people.
Jesus suffered with people.
We see Him talking with a woman when she comes to get water from the well.
We see Him meet his disciples on the road after He has been resurrected.
We see Him eat with the tax collectors.
We see Him pray with the disciples in the Garden before He is arrested.
We see Him grieve with Mary when Lazarus dies.
So what would it look like for us to love people like Jesus did? If Jesus were here right now, would it really look as different as we think?
We would see Him talking with the worn and exhausted single mother behind Him in the grocery store line.
We would see Him walking along Main Street with the man who just lost his job and his hope.
We would see Him listening to the girl pouring out her heartbreak over countless cups of coffee.
We would see Him kneel and pray with the broken man who just lost his wife of 50 years.
We would see Him holding the hand of the sobbing woman shattered by her cancer diagnosis.
He would be meeting people in the swirling chaos of their lives. He would be the one to hear their desperate cry for a miracle and run to them with arms wide open. He would freely give whatever he could to sooth the aching soul of another. Just like He always did. Jesus was in the business loving up on people. It didn’t matter how disheveled or worn or messed up they were. He took the time to love them in His everyday.
He asks us to do the same.
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(Originally posted – January 2015)
The stars are brilliantly bright tonight. The multitude of them covers the sky, darker than a pocket. I have an overwhelming affection for the stars. And on nights like tonight, they remind me of two things.
One. They leave me in absolute awe. The Creator of those stars, that vast expanse of beauty and intricacy, sees me. He wants my heart. His thoughts about me outnumber the stars in that sky. Wow.
Two. The stars shine the brightest; we see them the clearest, on the darkest, coldest nights. Kind of like life. God has shown Himself to me most clearly on my coldest days. He has taught me lessons that I was not capable of understanding at any other point in my life during the hard times. In my times of greatest pain, I have seen Him at work more clearly than every before. It’s incredible, really. Just like the stars shining on a cold, but clear night.