Posts in Wounds
Man's Great Dream of Himself.

Resurrection Day. A Day when we are reminded of how far the ego in us will go to destroy the life we are made for.  A day when our roles as both crucifiers and crucified is liberated in the vacant womb of an empty burial grave.  A day when we are to recognize the liberation from a lost life and awakened to a new, unformed and perhaps even unwelcome life.  

Resurrection Day. Old and tired identities die. New, unformed and humble ones emerge in their wake. Because He Lives.

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HEART: The Will and Narrative that Drive Us

By engaging the HEART we engage the only transformation possible of holistic renovation. We can have better habits, manage our emotions, take better care of bodies, read more books, pick meaningful causes, but all of it will be difficult and willful like a man steering an elephant until the HEART itself experiences meaningful growth.

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The Worst of All Fridays

Today I sat in my office and grieved with my client who lost his wife two weeks ago.  They had been married for over 50 years and had what could only be described as one of the great love stories.  He told me how beautiful she was and how grateful he was to know that she was standing tall and moving lithe and bright with Jesus today.  He would remember her forever this way.  Like so many who complete their suffering with a bought of Alzheimer's or dementia, it was a sudden fall which had precipitated her last days.  Alice hadn't spoken in months and then out of nowhere she took a fall and stopped eating and drinking.  My client went to her side as quickly as he could and kissed her on the lips.  She looked at him as if seeing him for the first time and whispered, "It was beautiful."  The first words she'd said in months, and the last she would ever say.

"It was beautiful."

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Sorry I Broke Stuff.

In our MadeNew Bible study on Sunday mornings we've been working our way through the Gospel of Mark.  The Jesus of Mark's Gospel is sort of a rage lunatic life wrecker type and I think that's why I keep going back.  No one gets what they want from this Jesus, but everyone gets what they need.  People love to focus on Jesus' infuriation of the religiously powerful, but this isn't the half of it.  It isn't just the Pharisees that are caught in his deer hunter target sights.  It's everybody. 

Nobody gets away from Jesus and gets to stay the same. 

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