The cry of the rooster at Peter’s denial of Jesus is a siren ringing reminder of the sound of all our failure. But failure isn’t the end.
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.” Hebrews 6:19
There is supposedly an ancient Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.” Maybe you’ve heard that before. The truth is, it’s a lot of bunk. It sounds real, though, so it gets repeated a lot.
Equally sketchy is a quote from a speech by John F. Kennedy in 1959. Kennedy said, “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.” At the risk of contradicting my father’s favorite President, I’m afraid JFK’s Chinese must have been a bit rusty. As with the old saying about the Chinese curse, “it ain’t necessarily so.”Continue reading
One of the old songs we used to sing quite often was “Make Me a Blessing.” Do you remember it? The chorus often still gets stuck in my head. I remember it sounding something like a calliope on an old merry-go-round.
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.
As Jesus continues his “Sermon on the Plain” in Luke 6, he turns to a series of blessings. But there’s a problem. These blessings don’t look much like blessings!
“Blessed you who are poor.” Really, Jesus? “Blessed are you who hunger now?” But we’re hungry, Jesus! “Blessed are you who weep now?” Why on earth would Jesus call such people blessed?Continue reading
When Hannah had a big need that broke her heart, she didn’t pray a little pray. She called on God to bring the big guns.