Tuesday, June 18, 2013


There is power in the blood sings the church at full-lung capacity.  Blood.  Do we think this is from a nose-bleed or a skinned knee of sorts?  No.  It is because a life was injured; taken away.

We are called to follow in Jesus' steps to the extent we take up our crosses and follow him.  Luke and Peter bring perfect clarity to this fundamental call. 

Yet, wounds don't seem to arouse us to championing action toward those who need forgiveness.  No.  As if we basically have no God and no purpose, we whine and fret, moan and withdraw as do the majority of victims of unfair treatment.  May we awaken to the wonder and power of our wounds. 

As did Jesus, we are to take insult and injury in order that the insulters and injurers may find healing via our woundedness.  The reason the church cannot seem to gain traction in this mega-troubled society is we have joined the masses in trying to escape.  Ours is not the call to dodge incoming arrows of rejection; but rather for staying put in pain upon the cross that the hurting may find perfect and ultimate healing.

Sharon Hersh shares this quote, Without your wound where would your power be?  It is your very remorse that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men.  The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living.  In Love's service only the wounded soldiers can serve.

My friend, when you too feel broken on the wheels of living try to awaken to the high calling of God for such was the exact path of His Son.  We have such hope due to Jesus losing his life for us.  Others have no hope until they find our imitation of Jesus to the full-capacity of being wounded that the wounders may finally get well. 

Going to church isn't our fundamental walk.  Staying upon the painful cross is.

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