Imaginings

If we did not question all of life, we would not learn or grow. If we accepted everything that came along as truth, we would be a fool.

We must search, we must ask.

But asking mankind would make us a fool. Man has set himself up as god, thinking God old-fashioned, ancient, not with the times.

I watch spring opening before me. The grip of cold has really gone. Today I felt it as I walked.  The geese feed on the field in pairs. The starlings dot the field a few moments, then fly off as one. The robin song is louder, happier. This happens every year…seasons change all by themselves.

Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ every year at this time. We contemplate his life, his sorrows, and being left alone on the cross. Even the Father turned away.

Though the whole world does not accept Jesus Christ as Lord, the world revolves around everything he did. We are in the year 2018 AD…imagine this.

I do not pretend to know all about this. I was not there at the beginning of time, only God was there. Living in a broken world, I can barely imagine the beauty of Garden of Eden. Were there proper gardens with rows and rows of vegetables? Or were things grown helter-skelter in a display of wonder? Did intricate flowers grow that have now become extinct?

Did the animals talk?

I only know that Jesus came to earth to live and teach but a few short years. Not to become King of Israel, or the whole world…not yet.  He came when he did to give it all up to save the souls of mankind.

Look at our broken world and tell me we can have hope all on our own. We are floundering. Until we humble ourselves and stop playing god, we will never get it…this life we were given.

 

“No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, 

never so much as imagined

anything quite like it–

what God has arranged for those who love him.” 

1 Corinthians 2:9 Msg

 

Celebrate the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Search for him. May you invite him into your life for the fullness of his love. He will never turn you away.

 

“Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, so I can find my way to the

sacred mountain, to the place of your presence, to enter the place of worship, meet

my exuberant God, sing my thanks with a harp, magnificent God, my God.”

Ps. 43 Msg

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The Masterpiece

Have you ever read a book that stays with you for a long while? Those books whose characters are so real you want to stay in their story for a long time. It will be weeks before I can pick up another book.

Cover photo by a real graffiti artist

I know when I read any books by Francine Rivers; I meet deep characters that are well crafted. Every story is a careful work, researched and built with smooth transitions.

Rivers has a heart for the underdog and shows redemption of the characters by Jesus Christ. That is the best part.

This is not ‘fluff ‘ Christian fiction here, this is life change. You fall in love with her characters so much that you wish they were real, and could sit and have coffee with them and hear how Christ changed them.

Broken people want to hide their past, and not deal with it. They hurt and are afraid to love or trust others. Rivers knows that there are multitudes of broken ones out there that need help and don’t seek it. When God heals hearts in miraculous ways, it fills you with hope.

Grace Moore steels herself against her past and will only take her problems to God and a few women friends at church. When she loses her job, she must take chances to support her and her son.

Roman Velasco has his own frightful past and paints graffiti on his studio walls to express his pain. His gallery art is a different story. He hides too; it’s easier not to be involved with anyone.

Against her own wishes, Grace takes a job as personal assistant for Mr. Velasco and learns to deal with his demons, as well as her own past.

The relationships in this book are rich. The believers in this story are not perfect by any means, which makes this story so real. We are redeemed with a love far beyond our imagining, and we the broken learn to give back because of it.

If you have never read Francine Rivers, pick up this book and become immersed in the lives of life-like people. I highly recommend this book.