I count May to be the month of both my natural birth (the 13th) and my spiritual re-birth (the 16th). I've thought often of how appropriate it was that the beginning of my spiritual healing and renewal began at this transformational time of year. The stillness of winter springing back to life, bland grayness turning into spectacular hues of color, stagnation finding regenerative power ... and so it was with the Creator giving the indwelling life of His Spirit to this broken and repentant man. I'll never forget the start of my wonderful journey of spiritual discovery ... an embracing of what author and psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb coins "The Immanuel Agenda": God with us; His infusion and cultivation of a people who will value Him above all else; God in me, and I in Him. It was a pivot point ... a changing of my life's center from me, myself and I to that of the Creator of the Universe who cared enough to take restorative action on my behave ... and on behalf of all humanity, should we all care to recognize and embrace it. What a change, and what a wild ride!
I hope you enjoy the below song by Selah that I think encapsulates my finding in the God-man Jesus of Nazareth the Hope meant for all of us ... He really is the Hope of The Broken World!
"... and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
- from the apostle Paul's love letter to the Romans, 5:5 (NASB)
"Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing."
- the words of Jesus, from the Good News according to John, 15:4-5 (MSG)
"I am praying not only for these disciples, but for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father - that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me."
- the words of Jesus, from the Good News according to John, 17:20-21 (NLT)