Opening night Star Wars 8 – the Last Jedi. 12-15-17
Just like a young child who has nothing, lacks nothing, because his father has everything, we enjoy the sheer abundance of belonging to God. Whenever we look to something beyond this relationship of belonging for joy or consolation, the problem is not that we want too much, but too little. Our deepest feelings of despair and dissatisfaction do not ultimately spring from a lack of possessions or belongings but from a failure to recognize whose child we are. Comfort comes when we, like the prodigal son, come to our senses and realize for the first time that to belong to the Father is to experience far greater wealth than our own individual portion of the inheritance could ever provide.
When Christ held up the denarius in Matthew 22: 15-22 and ends with the proclamation, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” he was “going all in.” There was no possibility of keeping one chip back. And this is the paradox. By going all in to God we risk everything and nothing at all.
Source – entering the movement of divine generosity God So Loved, He Gave Kelly M. Kapic with Justin Borger
This video is very well done and answers that WHY question very well (click the link below).
The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/237103123
I’m reading “Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering” by Kelly M. Kapic professor at Covenant College and wanted to share these quotes from chapter three with you.
“Rejecting both utopianism on the one hand and despair on the other leads us to what might be called defiant hope.”
“hope cannot be seen and felt unless brokenness and pain are recognized first.”
“This lament does not undercut divine authority and care but rather beseeches the presence and comfort of God into the most wounded parts of our souls.”
“The songs of lament, which make up over 40 percent of the psalter, remind us that we can bring our questions and struggles to God himself.”
Lament in corporate worship Sunday mornings: “When contemporary churches cease to sing laments as part of their regular catalog of songs, instead only choosing happy or upbeat music, the people of God lose their ability to lament well: our muscles for godly mourning atrophy. We become ill-equipped to handle the pain that life throws at us. Without space for genuine lament, false veneers and bitterness easily take root, eventually bringing destruction in their wake. Suffering surprises and isolates once-active worshipers, often driving them away. When the homes of believers are hit by chronic pain or mental illness, they often find the contemporary church strangely unhelpful, even hurtful. A hurting family no longer fits the American Christian model of growth, happiness, and victory.”
What good is it to me that Christ lamented? “A full lament is deadly. We know this because when Jesus fully and truly enters into lament, it kills him. He dies. But in his case his lament was not for himself but for others. He enters in so that our laments don’t have to kill us.”
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