meanwhile…

5 October, 2008

So it’s been almost 10 months since I posted last. That’s because nothing noteworthy has actually happened in the last 10 months. I’ve been waiting, and hoping and wishing and praying, but… Nadda! Zip! Zilch! Zero! Nothing!

Well, unless I count a trip around the world, quitting work, turning 40 and getting another job… Hmn… I suppose it has indeed been eventful after all.

Apart from those things I’m still getting to know Jesus and live life with Him, and still being deliberate about being Church, rather than doing Church. I’m not entirely sure why I stopped blogging, it’s not like I’ve run out of things to say (like that would ever happen), I suspect I just got lazy (more likely)!

So, here’s something to start me off again. I’m reading through the book of Jeremiah, and am up to one of my favourite passages:

Jeremiah 31:31-34 

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (NKJ)

How beautiful is that!!?!

Then!  Jumping to Hebrews 8, and we see that this is the New Covenant that Jesus is the mediator of.  Today, now, we can all know the Lord for ourselves.  Everyone.  Not one person needs miss out on this.  We don’t have to rely on others to help us know our Creator, our heavenly Father, our brother, our friend.  He’s made it possible.  Just as him.  He’s lovely.
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partnership

19 August, 2007

Each individual will make a matchless discovery. He will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person, judging him, condemning him, putting him in his particular place where he can gain ascendancy over him and thus doing violence to him as a person. Now he can allow the brother to exist as a completely free person, as God made him to be. His view expands and, to his amazement, for the first time he sees, shining within his brethren, the richness of God’s creative glory. God did not make this person as I would have made him. He did not give him to me as a brother for me to dominate and control, but in order that I might find within him the Creator. Now the other person, in the freedom with which he was created, becomes the occasion of joy, whereas before he was only a nuisance and an affliction.

God does not will that I should fashion the other person according to the image that seems good to me, that is, in my own image; rather in his very freedom from me God made this person in His image. I can never know beforehand how God’s image should appear in others. That image always manifests a completely new and unique form that comes solely form God’s free and sovereign creation. To me the sight may seem strange, even ungodly. But God creates every man in the likeness of His Son, the Crucified. After all, even that image certainly looked strange and ungodly to me before I grasped it.

Strong and weak, wise and foolish, gifted or ungifted, pious or impious, the diverse individuals in the community are no longer incentives for talking and judging and condemning, and thus excuses for self-justification. They are rather cause for rejoicing in one another and serving one another.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together


forgive us our trespasses

14 April, 2007

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

When I’ve heard, read or said these words, in my mind, I’ve mostly interpreted the word ‘trespasses’ as ‘sins’, and never really put a lot of thought into why the word ‘trespass’ was used. Until this week that is, when I was listening to Wayne & Brad at The God Journey and they were talking about it.

They were discussing the whole concept of trespassing in terms of “going where we shouldn’t” or “taking that which hasn’t been given to us”. I really like that.

After all, isn’t that what sin is? Stepping outside our rightful bounds and doing, or saying, or taking, or going where we’ve not been permitted to go?

Taking for ourselves that which isn’t freely given, imposing on others our agendas and expectations. Even imposing those same things on our Heavenly Father, instead of living Life in the Way and Truth of His son, and making the most of today and all that he’s provided, our ‘daily bread’.