God, I need this blog.
I had a great weekend, if not one of the better weekends of my entire life. Nothing outrageous happened--in fact, I spent a decent portion of it being blown off by a friend of mine--but I finally started back on a spiritual regimen. I was deeply affected by a verse I read yesterday in John chapter 10. In fact, it's on my blog (to the right, as you read this):
"I have come that they may have life, and live it to the full." John 10:10
Seriously? I mean, Jesus came to Earth so I can live a full life? It's so powerful, it makes me want to cry. I have a great church here, too, at Riverbend. Today the worship leaders got a little political, praying for the country, with "leaders refusing to give up their crowns" and a nation "poisoned," to be given grace. I don't mind a politically-aware church, as long as their beliefs line up with mine! I kid, I kid.
I had an epiphany today. I read a hopeful love story online, and it was beautiful. See, I'm not a corny person--an old pastor friend once told me my "wood was wet" because a video of starving children didn't make me cry. He didn't understand; the children are heartbreaking, but Clay Aiken's vocals kind of ruined the emotional appeal--he was the water on my wood, if you will.
TO THE POINT: I read a love story and listened to Sam Sparro's "Still Hungry," and the combination of those things--love, thirst for life, growing closer to the ever-present all-powerful God of all creation--made me thankful for what I've been given. We're about to enter a dark time in our nation's history. A financial depression is looming, the "War on Terrorism" is becoming more and more tangled, and half of the World's nations are on the brink of war.
I'm happy for what I have, and what God has promised to give me.