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Yay for Mr. Rogers

and for Jared over at Thinklings.  This is a great post using Mr. Roger’s song “You Can Never Go Down the Drain” as a reminder that Jesus is not going to let us go:

“[…]I don’t know what it’s like to feel afraid of the bathtub drain, but I can imagine what it’s like to be a small child watching the spiral of water over a mysterious hole and worrying it might take him down too. It’s an irrational fear, but an understandable one. It was wise of Mr. Rogers to tell children that, despite appearances, they can never go down the drain. It just can’t happen. ”
You Can Never Go Down the Drain

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Suffer the little kittens

I just got back from visiting my grandmother in central Illinois. She is 85. She is outwardly frail, but she refuses to make concession to the infirmities of age. She has had a life of hard work and of much sorrow, but she, more than anyone I know, knows the Lord, and He gives her much love and strength.

About two years ago kitten of my mother’s that grandma had taken in after my mother died had to be put down. Grandma had not really wanted the cat and she never even gave her a name – she was only Kitty. But she grew to love that black cat, and kept her well.  But after Kitty was gone, grandma felt she was too old to take on another pet, even though she would have loved to. But the Giver of Good Gifts knew better. Along came a stray, only 8 months or so old, right up to my grandma’s house, and the stray would not be ignored! My grandmother has taken in this cat, named her Kitty 2, and fallen head over heels for this near-carbon copy of her old black cat.

This last week, I saw my grandma just in love with that cat. And I never saw a cat love a person so. They rock together in the rocking chair in the morning and in the evening. Kitty 2 hides her cold nose in my grandma’s hand while grandma sings to her.

I was telling a co-worker today about this lovely feline-grandmother relationship, and what she said struck me: she said the kitties who have been strays are the ones who love the most, because they know the cold and the wild, and they are truly grateful for the kindness they are being shown.

Now I know I’ve read that God allows us to suffer so that we can love Him more. And I’ve read this parable several times:

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.[Luke 7:40-43 NIV]

But it never really hit me like it did today. Oh that I should truly love and purr in gratitude to my Savior like this little kitten. Meow!

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Paper Covers Rock

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment! [James 2:12-13 NIV]

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10 Things I Didn’t Know About Christianity

1.  The Holy Spirit is our friend that comforts and guides us until Jesus returns.  I guess I just thought he hung around for your baptism and then swooped around here and there afterwards.  Yes, I was a shockingly ignorant Christian.

2.  The Greek word for Spirit (Pneuma) is also the word for air, wind and breath.   Since I have found this out, when I think of the Holy Spirit dwelling in me, I think of God's breath keeping me alive rather than my own, which is just a delightful thought.

3. Legalism is relying on your own ability to follow God's laws and rules, and really just can't be done.  It leads to you thinking you can save yourself or earn your salvation.  Only God saves us.  Really!  The only way!  I remember thinking the whole thing was so futile because nobody could be that good.  Okay, I get it now – that *IS* the point.  This has been a real mind bender to me, and I find my mind still trying to find sneaky ways around it and encouraging me to "prove" to God I'm worthy.  

4. New heaven and new earth.  Huh, how 'bout that?  No clue that was even there.

5. People do not turn into angels when they die.  Angels are totally separate and different.  

6. Demons can masquerade as angels of light.  This is not good.  I don't like this at all.

7.  Our heavenly Father longs for us.  He wants us to be with him – like crazy!!  And it really hurts him if we turn away.  Longs for.  Wow.

8.  You can pray for very meta stuff – to learn how to pray, for example.  Or for God to grant you the *desire* to do something he wants you to do, but you don't have any desire for that at all.  

9.  The body of Christ is not just the communion ritual.  It's the whole church – you and your brothers and sisters are all in Christ as a body.  

10. The Gospel really is really, really, REALLY Good News!!

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A-Hah: Love Is…

I've read First Corinthians 13 many times. It's one of the few verses I remembered pretty well. In fact, I've even done a reading of the passage in the wedding of some friends several years back.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. 1Cor 13: 4-8 [NIV]

I've heretofore only considered it akin to a commandment, e.g., how we should know what love is in order to love each other this way. That's why they like to read it at weddings, right?

But it's not just to us for us, is it?

Is this profoundly beautiful description of love not how our Father loves us? These golden truths, these perfect ideals that we desperately try to live up to: God loves us this way – perfectly and everlastingly.

And so surely we must love God this way as well.

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