Friday, March 29, 2013

"sanctuary" 4025 W. 88th Ave

i have been spending a lot of time at the watering hole known simply as, Keurig. Which happens to be located in my study at the church. It sits right behind my desk, i simply spin around in my chair, pop in a K-Cup, hit the flashing blue button and in just seconds, i am enjoying a hot cup of coffee. It isn't the best, but its nearly instant and there at my disposal at any moment. See there, i just spun around and am just moments from a fresh, hot cup of joe.

my study is a nice place to study, pray and sip coffee. Few distractions on days like today. In fact the phone hasn't rang once since i have been here...a few text messages and i placed one call but in each instance i instigated. There is however no food, except for some peanut brittle, Red Vines and a drawer full of Taco Bell fire sauce. So i have had some distraction from what Winnie the Pooh would call, a rumbly in my tumbly, but little else. 

This cozy little hole of mine, my place under a rock, has recently seen a make over, fresh paint, new floor and some rearranging. It is quite nice; with some some soft music playing in the background, currently it is my sanctuary.  Here in my sanctuary, i was reading 2 Corinthians 4 and this particular passage stood out: "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies." As i meditated on this passage it struck me, Christ was afflicted for our sins, perplexed over the burden as He prayed in the garden, persecuted for the sake of the world, struck down because of our fallen nature...YET, He was not crushed, He did not despair, ultimately He was not forsaken and although everything was against Him, He was NOT destroyed. 

As we reflect on this most Holy week, let us always carry the remembrance of the death of our Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible to those around us, in us. It is His victory over sin and death that gives us the hope of this passage...and although we may be afflicted, we can know we will not be crushed; even when we are perplexed, we can rest knowing that we need not despair; when we feel persecuted, we can stand, for we are never forsaken; we may get struck down, but we will never be destroyed! For our victory belongs to Christ, it is in Christ and it is for Him. 

Unwavering is Your voice

Unwavering is Your hand
Unwavering is the heart that bled for the sins of men
Unwavering is Your will
Unwavering is Your plan
The fount of salvation on which we will stand          Matt Maher- Unwavering 

If you are ever in town around Jewel Lake and 88th stop on little "sanctuary" is always open and my Keurig always on.  

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