Some of us are going through devastating crises right now. Our problems are overwhelming, and we think we are going under for the last time. God says this to you: You may lose the cargo; you may lose the tackle of the ship; you may lose the ship; you may even get wet—but you are going to make it because of the promise of God. As the old saying goes, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.” So what do you do? Relax. Be confident in your crisis (see Acts 27). >>Discuss This
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?” asked the psalmist. An excellent question, as well as a reminder of a point of view I easily forget. We are, we humans, a mere pinch of dust scattered across the surface of a nondescript planet. At the heart of all reality is God, an unimaginable source of both power and love. In the face of such reality we can grovel in humanoid humility or we can, like the psalmist, look up instead of down, to conclude, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” >>Discuss This
Most of us picture lambs as downy white animals frolicking in rolling
green meadows or carried tenderly in the arms of their shepherd. Lambs
represent gentleness, purity, and innocence. Though it is one of the
most tender images of Christ in the New Testament, the phrase “Lamb of
God” would have conjured far more disturbing pictures to those who
heard John the Baptist hail Jesus with these words. Hadn’t many of
them, at one time or another, carried one of their own lambs to the
altar to be slaughtered as a sacrifice for their sins? Hadn’t the
bloody sacrifice of an innocent animal provided a vivid image of the
consequences of transgressing the Mosaic law?
When we pray to Jesus as the Lamb of God, we are praying to
the One who voluntarily laid down his life to take in his own body the
punishment for our sins and for the sins of the entire world.
You’re a pretty open person – and you don’t mind sharing the good, bad, and sometimes ugly.
And while sometimes you do catch yourself blabbing on, you usually exhibit restraint.
You’re openness is quite refreshing, and it encourages other people to be open with you!