Baggage

We come to Christianity with a lot of baggage: do we call God Father, Master, Lord or perceiving the face of God do we simply say here am I. We cry out from the depths of our need; to know the transformation of our lack into blessing. The Spirit’s cleansing work is what makes sense of our wounds and shortcomings. To find God in the midst of the storms and the raging waters is the gift of peace found in Jesus. We do suffer in who we are, who we aim to be and how we experience life, but each experience could leave us bitter and broken or broken and lifted up to new life. Life can be very tough, and the promise in Jesus is new life, where the wind of the Spirit sustains us and sends us out, not to condemn but to heal; not to exclude but to welcome all in so that we might love one another and show that we are true followers of Christ.

Isaiah 6:1-8 … “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” 

Psalm 29      

Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 

Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendour…

May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! 

Romans 8:12-…. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ–if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.  John 3:1-17     …”Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen… God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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