The past equips the present and anticipates the future, for “[w]hat has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9).
"Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God—the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God." Dietrich Bonhoeffer
An admonition of “Don’t pursue that” can no more alter the desires of one’s heart than can shouting to the heavens stop their celestial course. But a simple truth etched on one’s soul that “Jesus is good; He is enough so that we no longer have to look to another”—that truth brings life out of ash.
"For here in the midst of the final destruction of all things, one desires to build; in the midst of a life lived from hour to hour and from day to day, one desires a future; in the midst of being driven out from the earth, one desires a bit of space; in the midst of widespread misery, one desires some happiness. And the overwhelming thing is that God says yes to this strange longing, that here God consents to our will, whereas it is usually meant to be just the opposite." Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the grace of blessings in life amidst the hardships of Nazi Germany
Living in a world of labels and categories is like sitting in the dark: We control what we want to see and what others can see in our scapes of black & white. But that’s no more a reality than a child insisting we can’t see her because her eyes are closed. Only the love displayed from a backwater carpenter, who saw our label of “enemy” yet insisted to see beyond it, sheds colors of grace to draw us into reliance on his definitions and frees us from the prison of controlled comfortability.
"In a world where success is the measure and justification of all things the figure of Him who was sentenced and crucified remains a stranger and is at best the object of pity. The world will allow itself to be subdued only by success. It is not ideas or opinions which decide, but deeds. Success alone justifies wrongs done… . With a frankness and off-handedness which no earthly power could permit itself, history appeals in its own cause to the dictum that the end justifies the means… . The figure of the Crucified invalidates all thought which takes success for its standard." Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Your love so deep is washing over me;
Your face is all I seek; You are my everything. #sinkingdeep #714gathering
*a message from Anthony Rettig at #714gathering
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." Philippians 4:4-5
Gathering in solidarity to lift up persecuted brothers & sisters in whom we are joined as one by His blood and for justice against ISIS who persecutes Iraqis, Syrians & Yazidi Kurds. #WeAreN #714gathering
"They (100,000 Christians from the Nineveh plains) fled their villages and houses [with] nothing but … the clothes on their backs. [It is] an exodus, a real via crucis; Christians are walking on foot in Iraq’s searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities of Irbil, Duhok and Soulaymiyia, the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women among them. They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide." Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawod in The Guardian, 8/9/14 (at Bethel Church Cedar Lake)