His weapons are mighty

And are able to turn the tide Far more effectively than yours: The guilt tripping,  The manipulation  The wishful thinking. He knows what it takes  To make an old man new  To bring a dead woman to life, For His weapons are mighty  Destroying not just the obstacles we see But the very constructs behind […]

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Redemption stories

Some of us will never haveThe moral upper hand.Having messed upRoyally,What talk can there be ofRedemption?Where can one goFor a better story?We will not always have the strengthTo pull ourselves out of the dirt.Someone needs to come for us.Come for me.

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The gospel of trauma

Christ is no stranger to trauma,To feelings of abandonment,Deep sorrowAnd betrayal.He knows what is isTo cry out in the nightAnd get no answer,To be hunted and falsely accused.He is familiar with exasperating humans-Of being rejected by His ownAnd misunderstood even by His comrades.And most harrowinglyHe knows the painOf dying at the handsOf injustice.This faith we […]

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The trouble with resurrections

Is that we can’t pull them off.We often want stories that are linear,Straight lines from victory to victory:Not stillborn dreamsNot crumbling empiresAnd definitely not the deathOf our greatest ambitions-Because its hard to come backFrom the dead.There is One who diedAnd returned from deathUndoing the thingsThat had left us undone,Giving us what we needed mostBut had […]

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The worst thing to ever happen

Already did:The murder of God.The greatest injusticeDeepest depravityDevastating devastation.Unimaginable humiliationLove Himself, drenched in sorrow.The death of ChristWas cosmic crime,Punishment of the guiltlessShedding of the most innocent bloodDestruction of the CreatorEarth’s darkest day.Its incredible what light emergedOut of that great darknessAnd what redemptionFollowed such haunting damnation.If God could do so much goodWith the worst thing to […]

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Gethsemane

The harrowing prayer of Christ in that gardenDid not change His circumstance.It was His last few momentsBefore going up to be crucified,A crucifixion He spoke of repeatedly.The contents of the prayerReveal a level of vulnerabilityThat is most unsettling.Christ accepts His crushing fateWhile at the same time expressing His desireFor another way.He did not consider His […]

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Forgiven

The promise of EasterIs that God really didLet it all go.More than was reasonableMore than was fair.Christ is in the businessOf making lovers out of enemies,He does not wieldOur faults against usTo keep us in line,He firmly places our offenceIn an irretrievable placeFar beyond the reachOf our doubtsOr our tendency to fall.We are forgiven:A gift […]

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Happy clappy

Blatant joyUnabashed glee andUnrestrained merrimentAre surprisinglyHard to sit with.Often off putting.Even in bad taste sometimes.It’s as though one’s mind is asking“How can you be so happyIn a world of so much brokenness?How can you still be like a childIn this way?’’Christian joyIs not escapismOr tone deaf positivity,Or reserved for the short windowsWhen life is going […]

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Sonship is not fragile

It is not continually on the vergeOf being destroyedLostOr broken.It is not the kind of thingThat is easily discardedOr misplaced because of carelessnessNor diminished because of neglect.You are a son.You belong to Someone.Room has been made for youYour space has been reservedYour name uniquely givenYour identity unquestionable.Yes, you may often failTo live as though this […]

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