Tuesday, May 28, 2013
And yet, This Guy is always quick with a kind word. He asks me good questions when we talk. He was touchingly excited at Anna's birth. He goes out of his way to include my wife in theological conversations. He always smiles when he sees me. He humbly hears those who disagree with him. He receives correction graciously. Because of this, though in my sin it is my instinct to dismiss This Guy, look down on This Guy, or even mock This Guy, I can't.
This post is not about my differences with This Guy, the ways that I believe This Guy is wrong, or even the ways that he may believe I am wrong. Rather, it is about the startling love that paves the way for unity despite our differences, the startling love that This Guy shows to me. Christ said that his followers will be recognized by how they love one another. Christ's repeated message throughout the final chapters of the gospel of John is that we, as his disciples, should love one another. We all have a This Guy in our lives, and we must all guard ourselves against the sins of devaluing our brothers simply because we disagree. I have been such a fool to be so willingly divisive in my heart. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that I now agree with This Guy in everything - but his love is inarguable. This Guy humbles me; I need This Guy.
May my life be so filled with Christ's that when I am off, when I am confusing, when I am uncool, and even when I am flat out wrong, God's love will yet shine undeniably in me - may I be found so loving when I am someone else's This Guy. Thank you, This Guy.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
So I have debated back and forth about sharing my birth story on this blog. I decided to share the story because it's a beautiful story about how our little girl was brought into the world. Sure it was full of pain, but that doesn't take away from the beauty of the gift of childbirth!
|She presented with her head forward, hence the large lump|
Our daughter Anna is named after the prophetess Anna from Luke 2:36-38. Anna the prophetess was a faithful servant who spoke to many about God as they waited for the redemption of Jerusalem. Our prayer for our little Anna is that she would tell the story! That she would tell the story of our Savior Jesus who came to bring redemption to this world. We pray that she knows and loves this story for herself, and that she shares it with compassion to those around her!
|All dressed and ready to go home!|
We are blessed to be her parents, and are so thankful for her life!