let there be light
“In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form and darkness was over the face of the earth, and the Spirit of God glided over the deep, dark, and dense earth” Genesis 1:1
These words are so familiar: spoken by many from many places even Allen Shepherd from outer space back to earth.
Today I start a new beginning. I am switching my blogging to WordPress.org
It is significant for me personally as I have been in a season of wilderness walking even in the valley of the shadow of death walking. Thankfully, I am now in a season of renewal of running in my heart while my body is still into walking, which is all good. Light has come.
I note that the first act of creation, Genesis 1, was to create light in the darkness. So to for me light has come from without and from within to give me hope. My passion in this blog will be to bring hope into places of despair, to identify faith as not a particular religious belief but a belief in hope, seeing something good coming no matter what, and to see the darkness gliding over the face of the deep, as an image of light coming.
I have begun to appreciate why God created the lesser light to shine in the darkness and the greater light to shine in the day time. It is to allow for the beauty of darkness where growth happens and the beauty of daylight where life happens to have equal value.
As I start a new era of my life, a new season of my living, I do so with an renewed sense of honor, humility and desire to be honest, transparent. This renewed passion has a bilateral focus: the courage to create “the new” and cultivate respect for “the old”. In a sense, to respect and embrace tradition while simultaneously be open to innovation in responsible challenges to self, spiritual truths, and all others with respect and deferences. In short, to be “one as Jesus and his father were one”. The Father and Son and Spirit do not strive or try to be one they just are one. Jesus embraced it as true and lived that truth out before all to see. So my heart desire is to honor all truth, to honestly struggle with areas where error has crept into the church (like a gremlin that wants to eat up the good present) because we have refused to be transparent, and to boldly say what needs to be said for the survival not of church orthodoxy, or church doctrine, but of Faith, Hope and Love. This is the key to the three legged stool of healthiness and holiness in the church and in the world.
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