Today’s Blessing (4.26)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things for Your breath.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things for Your wind.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things for Your Spirit.

It is with Your breath that You created all things…It was Your wind that rescued Israel at the Red Sea…It is Your Spirit which continues to create and rescue! Blessed are You!

Today’s Blessing (4.25)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things who loves the diversity of His creation.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things who surrounds us with a multitude of thoughts and views.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You are great enough to be the G_d of all things.

In most ancient cultures, the gods were restricted to one or two things – whether it be physical things such as the sea, sky, sun, etc – or less tangible things such as fertility, love, war, etc – they were almost always limited by these different kinds of boundaries. Then came the G_d of Israel (I understand that He always was!); He was held by no boundaries – not limited to the physical or the ethereal…rather He was over, in and through all things!

There is nothing in our creation that is not G_d’s – how awesome is that! I love that G_d paints His creation with the full spectrum of diversity – using every color in the palette – every scent – every piece of sound and touch – They are all G_d’s instruments for creation.

Unfortunately most of us have spent our lives corrupting these things – twisting them from the hands of G_d in order to make them our own…What would this world look like if we were to sit at the feet of the LORD and learn from Him how to live and thrive within the full diversity of His world?

I pray that each of us enters into G_d’s diversity just a bit more today than we did yesterday – that our faith might taste the full spectrum of colors set out for us by the first and greatest Artist.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!

Today’s Blessing (4.22)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You would be willing to leave the heavens, to leave Your Glory behind, to leave the ‘safety’ of Your courts – in order to pay the penalty of a broken covenant.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You willingly and knowingly signed both sides of a contract that You knew we would fail to uphold.

Today is Good Friday – not sure that it got that title until after Sunday – but then again hindsight is 20/20. Soren Kierkegaard once wrote about Good Friday that it isn’t so amazing that G_d in the flesh (Jesus) was able to rise from the dead – rather the amazing part was that we were able to kill G_d! What a fascinating thought…I’m not so sure that we killed G_d as much as He laid down His life for us.

I want to ponder that for a moment…I think we believe that G_d laid down His life on that Friday afternoon…but I’d argue that He laid down His life much earlier in Genesis 15:

12Now when the sun was going down,a deep sleep fell upon Abram…

17It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces.

G_d made a covenant with Abraham to be a blessing to the world, to have many descendants – many nations come from Him…but Abraham would have to sign a Covenant of agreement to do this – G_d had Abraham lay out a blood-path that typically both parties (one on each side of the contract/covenant) would have to walk through to sign – signifying that if either did not live up to their obligation of the covenant that they would become like the animals along the bloodpath – death! Abraham never signed…but G_d signed twice (see verse 17 above) – G_d passed through the bloodpath once for His side and once for ours.

Jesus’ death on the cross was (at least in part) a result of our failure to uphold our side of the covenant that He signed on our behalf.

My prayer today is that we might uphold the covenant and be a blessing to all the people we come into contact with – so that the children of the kingdom can be like the numbers of the stars in the heavens.

So that Today can truly be Good Friday!