Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just Think About It!

Imagine waking up every morning, wandering into the bathroom, rubbing the sleep from your eyes and finding this post-it-note reminder on the mirror....

Good Morning!  This is God.
I will be handling all your problems today.
I will not need your help.
So have a good day!
I love you!

.... an anecdote from Sunday's sermon last week at Covenant Presbyterian Church here in Naples, Florida.  It was part and parcel of a thought-provoking exposition of Romans 5 concerning the issue of how we are viewed by Our Maker in heaven.

Our 'RIGHTeousness' doesn't depend on us.
God's love is unconditional.
(We don't truly 'get' the term unconditional do we?)
His grace is sufficient.  
No matter how many times we falter, 
he will persevere with us to the end.
To the end.
No matter what.
Christianity is not about a religion that does good.
It's not even about religion.
It's about a relationship with the source of all goodness.
It's about helpless children of the first Adam RUNNING to the second Adam for the righteous life that they can NEVER manufacture on their own.

Jesus loves me, yes I know.
For the Bible tells me so.

Enormously comforting I'd say.

To My Precious little Peeps

 From the land of sun and rolling waves, a grandma reads a pop-up book to her grandest of peeps to bring comfort to her soul and (hopefully), a bit of sunshiny happiness to her little people while we await our reunion on a couch nearby and more familiar....

One of the glorious acquisitions from the Borders Bookstore Blowout sale.   A well-timed browse thru a bookstore gone bust.  ..... At least in MY humble opinion.  

By Mo Willems 
Paper Engineering by Bruce Foster (geniously gifted I'd say)

Big Frog Can't Fit in...
 She really wants to fit in.  But how??
Will Someone PLEASE show her?
 You see how poor frog doesn't fit in this book eh?
(Big frog is Canadian)
If only she were smaller she thought...
More bendable perhaps?....

But... sadly, she is not.  
And Big frog can't stand it!
Fortunately, Big Frog has a few fabulous little friends.... 

They are thoughtful and hopeful, as good friends generally are.  They are scheming up a solution.
It puts a little smile on her face...
 And here it is.
So Simple really.

Yeah.  Just Make a Bigger Book!

Aren't friends wonderful?