When the Lights Go Out, Interlude

Posted: August 18, 2020 in Meditations

I last published March, 6th. I never quit writing but I switched mediums, phone texts with brief devotional thoughts from my journal. Six months later, August 18, I have a better sense of where I want to go with this blog. The content may appear the same but my heart has a greater sense of confidence and urgency.  God’s Word and my journey will resonate with specific individuals in time and space as the Holy Spirit intersects with them. I’ve witnessed that reality over the past months. God has a story to tell through my words. This is why I must write, this is why I now commit to expanding a platform God is calling me to.

Each day may bring a scripture and a short word, a paragraph, or it may lead to a discussion over the course of several days. The work will remain spontaneous and fresh. I read constantly, I live in my head–much to the frustration of my precious wife. At 65, I’ve seen a fair slice of life. I know triumph and abject failure intimately. I’ve seen the hand of mercy and I’ve felt the shame and terror of judgment. This blog chooses mercy. I will not venture to play the role of a sophisticated theologian. I have no interest in disputes but I will talk about sin. Honesty demands a sober assessment of who we are. Grace and the reweaving of lives will always follow any discussion of sin and failure.

Every life is sacred to God. We are created by him and for him. I heard Tim Tebow put it this way, “created in love, by love, for love.” If every life is sacred to God, every life has divine purpose. No matter how bad choices shipwreck a life, the love of God desires to rescue that life. Jesus Christ is who he said he was; the Bible is the divine revelation of  God and man’s story of redemption. These are the foundational precepts of faith that shape my life and words to you the reader. I live my daily life upon three truths  birthed in me during six years of dire health. One, as long as I have breath, I have purpose. Two, God majors in the reweaving of lives. Three, no matter how I am compromised in the eyes of man, I am never compromised in the eyes of God. In God, hope never dies.

Finally, spread the word. If this blog speaks to you, pass it on to others. If this blog honors Jesus Christ, refer the platform to other platforms. When God shares hope and life to your soul, share that life with others. This endeavor is about you and a faithful God–a message of hope, of perseverance, of new beginnings. In the end, Christ is all that matters.

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become  heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Titus 3:3-7





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