Warts and All

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

What if Christ would send his Spirit, to erase our pride, our self-centeredness, our apathy with the church and our world as we usually see it? What if Christ would send his Spirit to magically erase all the negative feelings, physical pain or hurts that our circumstances or others have inflicted on us?

“There’s no way you can love until you forgive yourself for not being perfect, for not being the saint you thought you were going to be.” From – “The Passion of God and the Passion Within”

The boys (our grandsons) were at our house this past weekend. We were playing with their Wii, you probably are familiar with the DVD game that plugs into your TV. It would be interesting to know just how many homes have one of these devices growing out of the side of their televisions. This device allows you to design a player that you will control while playing the games. Of course the twins had to create grandma. With 7 yr. old minds they proceeded to give me a big nose, glasses that covered half of my face and topped it off with a large wart on my chin. It’s ok, I know they love me anyways!

God accepts us as we are, warts and all. There are no magical solutions to a better world or life. Life experiences have told most of us it’s not who we are, how much we accomplish, what church we go to, where we come from, or our social status that grounds us with a life in Christ, but rather Whose we are. Jesus in all his humanity embraced it all as he walked the earth. We know he suffered through doubts and questions as he struggled in the desert and in the garden. We know his struggles gave him a great heart for compassion, and he left the desert, went out to the fringes of humanity and healed and touched many troubled and broken lives. Christ was and is compassion and love incarnate.

It just might be that learning to struggle through our shadow sides, allowing this to co-exist with what brings healing and love into our lives, may bring out Christ in us and make us more compassionate and loving people. There is a lifetime of work ahead of us, of treating ourselves with great kindness and compassion, of seeing the compassion of Christ in all humanity and in all living things.

Abba Father,
We give thanks for your presence in our lives. Help us to meet our fears, help us to let go of that which keeps us from you. Father, would you give us a greater heart for all people and all of your creation?  Amen

Lois Autterson

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Vikki wrote:
Thanks for sharing Lois. Like Samuel said (1 Samuel 16:7), God doesn't look at our outward appearance, "the Lord looks on the heart."
May we be kind to ourselves and to one another.

Fri, April 16, 2010 @ 12:49 PM

2. Carole Schumacher wrote:
I love the warts of life. It makes us real. Grandkids don't see our warts either, they just love us like we are. Must be a God-thing:)

Tue, April 20, 2010 @ 2:32 AM

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