Random Reflections

Hand Update and Love Fest

Hand_1Here is an update on my hand since I know you all are concerned and anxiously awaiting updates.  (cough, cough).  It is some wonderful shades of color as of late and a little larger than normal.  Major pain only comes when I hit it against something and that typically occurs when I’m clumsy and forget to get my hand out of the way.  I have an appointment on Friday with a hand specialist (yes – a hand check!).  I’m thinking I won’t need a cast.  I imagine it will heal on its on.  My only question is . . . how long until I can spike a volleyball down an opponent’s throat?

Had a great group of college students over tonight for Bible study.  We are going to be discussing the book Blue Like Jazz this summer and I think it will be a great discussion.  I really enjoy college students and the discussions we have on faith and life.

Life is going much better for me these days.  I’m healing from the year in many ways.  God and I are having some amazing times together.  Things at work are becoming more manageable and I love my youth more than ever.  I’m so blessed to be doing what I am doing.  I love youth ministry.

I have been doing a great deal of reflection on God’s love.  It began with a sermon preparation I did to preach the Baccalauerate service at our local high school in May.  I prayed a great deal about what God would have me share and I heard clearly. 

It was a message on God’s amazing love and how we are loved more than we can imagine – no matter what we do or don’t do.  There is such freedom in realizing this and even as I preached it with my prayers being completely focused on people receiving that message that evening, God has been blessing me immensely with the word blazed on my mind and heart.  I have always struggled with receiving God’s love as a gift and not wanting to earn it or bereating myself because I don’t deserve it.  But I think I am getting closer to understanding and receiving God’s love without the guilt or self-deprecating attitude.  And man – there is so amazing freedom and peace in that.  Peace for yourself, peace to extend that same unconditional love to others.  It is a beautiful, healing, freeing and amazing thing.

Rest assured tonight that you are loved more than you can imagine – no matter what you do, no matter where you go, no matter if you accept it or not – you are loved.

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