ponderings

round and round

I am certain I am not the only one who feels their life has gone in circle after circle. Sometimes getting dizzy and confused on what direction is next. You have a job, you lose it. A relationship that was great, is no longer. What seemed to a good thing, turns out horrid.

Phases – 18×24 oil and cold wax on panel

I remember my brother asking long ago about my art and wondering how many pieces were unfinished or thrown away. At that time, I said none. Now many are unfinished but yet still redeemable.

Like us – always redeemable!

Last week was some extra time in Galatians. It fits so well with this.

Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!
Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it. Galatians 3:2-4, 13-14

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