Left a Mark

Dear Children and Grandparents,

Flannery O’Connor has a story about a little girl who loved to visit the convent and the sisters who lived there. But every time she arrived at the convent and the nun gave her a hug, the crucifix on the Sister's cross belt got mashed into the child's face. The gesture of love always left a mark on the little girl's cheek.

Take that as a parable of the love of God in Jesus Christ. Christ’s love is cruciform and serious, indeed it tends to mark all those whom it touches.

This weekend, we as a nation observe a little known holiday for most us, called Grandparents Day. Grandparents represent the mentors and loved ones in our lives who leave the mark of Jesus upon us.

Take some time to be apart and ponder the gift of God represented in those who have left a crucifix on your cheek.  To be alone to reflect and pray upon such matters is to live in the way of Jesus. “ From there Jesus set out for the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house there where he didn’t want to be found…” (Mark 7:24 The Message). We cannot hide out all the time, and as the text soon tells us, if you read the next verse, the people soon found Jesus and began to make requests.  Though you cannot “hide out “ all the time, nor should you, time apart when managed well, is an opportunity to be marked once more by the ultimate Mentor and Parent our Heavenly Father with the shape of Jesus.

May you have some time apart this day to lift up the “Grandparent figures” in your life and imagine anew the cross upon your heart.

Blessed Grandparents day,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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