Last Sunday, we had a Recovery Sunday service. The focus was on our powerlessness, and how our control (power) seeking tendencies create chaos in our lives.
I see being a Christian as a life of paradox.
We are powerless -- over other people, places, events, things, even ourselves at times. However, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. (Phil. 4:13) What this means is that any power we have is not ours when we are alone, but is present only through our relationship with God.
We are unworthy -- even to pick the crumbs off the floor -- alone. Yet we are God's beloved children, the ones for whom he gave his Son -- his life -- for us. We are God's honored guests in his house, at his heavenly banquet. It's all about the relationship.
I love this song by Lincoln Brewster. It's based on part of the ancient Jewish prayer, the Shema (see Deuteronomy):
Some family issues are getting closer to closure and my school district interview went well. Thanks be to God!