this is not me. well part..but not whole.. but..that’s not whole either.. but pieces..bigger pieces.. incoherent pieces.. but more accurate pieces.. but this. is not… just the surface.. no broken skin..no blood.
1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare[a] is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.
3 A voice cries:[b] “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
The Word of God Stands Forever
6 A voice says, “Cry!” And I said,[c] “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty[d] is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
The Greatness of God
9 Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news;[e] lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news;[f] lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? 13 Who has measured[g] the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel? 14 Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. 16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
18 To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him? 19 An idol! A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains. 20 He who is too impoverished for an offering chooses wood[h] that will not rot; he seeks out a skillful craftsman to set up an idol that will not move.
21 Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; 23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
38Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
we will age friends we will grow up.. and move-on maybe get married maybe start families maybe become wealthy maybe travel the world maybe discard our dreams from our youth maybe we’ll change.
maybe.maybe.maybe.. perhaps, when we all meet again.. perhaps we’ll all be present.. perhaps..some of us..will have gone on to our reward.. perhaps we’ll be to busy to meet again.. perhaps we will be wiser..
perhaps, perhaps i wonder if we’ll still pray for each other if we’ll celebrate holidays together.. if we’ll remember each other’s birthdays.. if our kids will know each other…be friends..
i wonder… hopefully..we’ll love Jesus more.. hopefully we would have and are continuing to shine His light into the world.. hopefully our hearts will not grow weary of following Him.. hopefully our lives will not consume us..as His Life daily gives us freedom hopefully, hopefully our ultimate joy is His name most glorified
prayerfully, prayerfully, prayerfully, prayerfully our life will be surrendered, a living sacrifice for His kingdom, for His name.
my head.. stupid ideas of romance and passion and love that fill my head and push out.. silence, make jest, of the Truth..
sigh..but is it truly sin to desire some sort of passion no, not sexual..but.. some sort of strong all-consuming emotion that runs one blind and careless in all other aspects or must all be calculating..rigid…stiff
perhaps my desires are misplaced.. perhaps i dream and project what can never be.. what cannot be good what cannot be healthy… even more so what cannot be holy
i see blatantly the lack of wisdom in my words.. in my desires.. i know You call for.. completion..wholly..holy.. solid.
perhaps there is another Passion that dives headlong into ill logic…terrible reasoning completely consuming.. utterly breathtaking.. raw..bleeding..unfettered beauty.. basic..basic…basic.. but so complex.. so intricate and involved so..filling…every crevice every crack.. no stone left un-turned wholly encompassing….
well..hmm.. i guess You are the author of passion.. my definition of passion.. so far removed from the actual.. my desire..so misplaced..so limited..
but..so real to me.. so delightful in smell.. and sweet to sight.. i know deep down.. satisfaction is not the ending… but more desire..more want.. more aching… more hollowness..
i know..i know..
teach me freedom oh Healer.. reveal to me the freedom.. in sweet and complete surrender..
they’re far from perfect, i can personally attest to that, but their love for their children reaches farther than i can express in words. it amazes me the love that they have for us, their children, who throughout our few years in their life have managed to cost them near millions, heartaches and disappointments, sped up their aging process and have surely cost them atleast part of the dreams they had when they were our age. however, without fail, to the extent of their ability, they reach to the ends of the earth, crying to their Heavenly Father all the while, in an effort to make mountains move on our behalf.
it makes me wonder…if my parents, who are flawed and sinful in their very nature can love me, by far the most undeserving, to such an extent…how much more does the One who is perfect love..me? who am i to receive such a love….who am i to reject it?
i’d love to end this artistically, but that might become more about me than anything…so i’ll end with this: Lord, I’m amazed by You and how You love me…I don’t understand it, but humbly, gratefully, in faith, i accept…i turn my heart to You, because You alone are worthy of all of me…of everything. Mom, Dad, I know you don’t hear this enough from me…but I love you..and I’m grateful that God gave you to me…you guys are the best parents ever.
If you can’t give a day to the Lord, you can’t give a year to the Lord and, therefore, you can’t give your own life. Don’t worry about devoting your life or this year or this semester or this month or this week to the Lord…just be faithful daily.