Sacred Spaces 379– Dear reader
14 May 2013
Dear Reader (http://dearreadermusic.com/),
(See what I did there, promoted my favourite (sort of) South African band with a link.)
However, this is not about them. However what a great band name!
I write to you with a full heart. I write to you with an empty heart. I write with an unsettled heart.
I write hoping that you would respond.
I don’t know where you will read this week’s sacred space. Whether it’s in the office, or on a bus, in a coffee shop, on your phone or at home; I pray that it finds you well and peaceful.
A peace that transcends understanding.
A wellness despite situations.
I want to you to be so assured of this truth contained in 3 words:
Jesus loves you.
However that cliché, may it not annoy you or get you in a defensive stance.
We’ve heard it said a lot. But maybe haven’t felt its weight for a long time.
Week in and week out, you may read this blog, possibly subscribed to other emails, verses for the days, etc… yet you haven’t felt that love of Jesus.
I hope you would get that opportunity.
As I wrote above; I write with a bit of an unsettled heart. Let’s talk about Justin Bieber.
I have never noticed it with other gigs… yet with him this apparent pop sensation; I have felt ugliness inside. Heck yes, well done for the talent that he has. However I have been disturbed with the fan mania that has gone with his visit to South Africa: a mob mentality / trend followers / pop culture to the extreme.
I love passionate music followers. Respect to them.
However I felt that there has been a sense of obsession with this young artist. There has been an over-obsession with him, which seems rather unhealthy? I just feel unsettled by it. (Just a feeling of mine) So I write just sharing that with you. (Take it or leave it.)
Questions! As I have got older I seem more wrapped up in questions floating about in my mind. I have lots of things I ask of God often. Things I don’t understand.
Hurt and pain and injustice happening around me; lately I feel I am more bummed out by it. Things I have heard about friends and others. My heart is broken, carrying a weight that angers me.
“God, where are you?” I ask. You may ask that too.
In all the hurt and chaos I think the best answer would be to have Jesus hug me for real.
And I long for that day.
Until then, in God’s own unique and tangible way with you… wherever you may be in this moment; I’d hope you feel God’s presence convincingly.
Last week Thursday was Ascension Day. (I forgot about it…oops.)
Acts 1: 11 “Men of Galilee”, they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has taken from you into heaven, will be back…”
(This is a passage about the ascension.)
We are challenged by a singular verse. In your life right now, are you still looking at that sky?
If so, bring your gaze down, look ahead of you… and advance forward.
I always wonder if these words I pen (well type) fall on hearts needing to hear that week’s particular sacred space. A big thank you to the many who forward this on to others every week; respect and gratitude!
PS. If you are keen to check out a song by dear reader, do click here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO2v9QXMlwk
These miles divide us
These words join us
His love holds us
The ocean is for everyone
May it collide with is all?