God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Where Do You Look?

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
6 “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
   are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
   who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’                                                                      Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. Matthew2:1-12
where do you look
when you want to find a savior?
when you are searching for the one
the one
who will save your people
the one
who will change everything
the one
who will turn the world upside down
the one
you hope for, pray for, seek signs of

where do you look
when you want to find a savior?
do you head to the seat of power
do you visit the white house
the speaker of the house
the senate majority leader
do you visit the pentagon
the chiefs of staff
the FBI and CIA
do you visit wall street
do you find the investment banker with the most stuff
so you visit silicon valley
seeking the oned who once had an idea that transformed the world

where do you look
when you want to find a savior?
do you head to the National Cathedral
the Crystal Cathedral
Willow Creek
Lakewood
Saddleback
Potter's House

where do you look
when you want to find a savior?
do you visit the house of bread
do you stop by the local food pantry
drop in at the community meal
drop by the soup kitchen
find the underpass with the tent city
if you want to find the savior
the powerful will have answers
but they will lack the ability to be the messiah
the one who will bring hope to the hopeless
the one who will healing to those who are hurting
the one who will bind up every wound
the one who will eat and laugh with your transneighbors
the one who will pray with you Muslim collegues
the one who will lead the Black Lives Matter Protest
the one who will free the oppressed
the one who will open our eyes to see and our ears to hear

where do you look
when you want to find a savior?


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