ultimate reconciliation


“Avalanche” is my favorite album by Sufjan Stevens. Last year while trekking in the Himalayas I was able to see my first avalanche, though I heard it first. It was great, as I was safe. Now in Colorado exploring the back country with my snowboard a little (very little) I’m learning more about the conditions that could cause an avalanche. While hiking in it’s common to dig a “snowpit” this allows you to see the conditions of the snow, primarily the way the snow has layered. Through out the season layers build and though the top layers may be bonded well the early layers often bond poorly due to inconsistent temperatures during the beginning of winter. Now usually if you’re staying below tree level these conditions have a nominal effect. The trees help to keep the snow from cracking and sliding much in the same way they keep mudslides from occurring. But If you’re going high or going steep your observation skills better be savvy.

An avalanche of faith: The first layer of any pursuit of faith, when the first snows of Gods grace began to fall, was quite warm. The fires of hell surrounded me, they were threatening my eternal soul and were consuming every friend I made in high school. How I would weep for their souls (and gloat a little for my own). The message of Gods love began to deepen in my life, all along however was the heat of hell flame crystallizing and confusing my foundations.

Now later in the season as people have trodden over and through this grace my faith has cracked and slid. All that remains is below.

And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NASB)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34 NASB)

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. ……”This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:10, 12-14 NASB)

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it. It is the job of the sculptor to discover it.”
-Michelangelo

No one questions that every human as some unique part of God inside. Of course we all probably agree that it is rare that we are able to glimpse such beauty, as Michelangelo would say, “set free”. I know that I for one have a good chunk of ugliness that still needs to be carved away before I walk in perfect love, but I also believe (not always know) that God is chipping away at me. Me and every other block head out there with a cold hard heart. And I do mean every. Even the haters, the demon possessed, and the self-centered sensualists. Even they have something stunning underneath their metamorphosed decomposed shellfish sheltered hearts.
It’s tragic to me that most of my companions in faith believe that the majority of these unique aspects of Gods heart will go unfinished. Let’s face it even a generous Christian can’t argue that according to popular doctrine the majority of the human race is headed for the furnace. All of those unique pieces of God being lost forever, unfinished works being burned.
When it was all said and done only aions can tell, but I’ve got a hunch that love will complete every work that God ever started.

Have you ever prayed for a job? or maybe for provision for a trip or for money to buy your kids gifts. Have you had those prayers answered and exclaimed how loving God is. Or maybe you’ve walked through a canyon or up a mountain, watched a sunset or listened to the ocean and truly felt the Love of God. What if all of this experiential glory didn’t have anything to do with the Love of God. I propose that it doesn’t. In reality it can’t because these things don’t happen to everyone, and yet God is Love. These are all things that we neither deserve nor earn. If we have them though, then we must fight with everything to make them available to as many people as possible and if we do, well then maybe we can start talking about the Love of God. When an act of beauty or goodness falls upon us and we immediately try to bless others with it, share it, make it available to those whom it is not available, turn it in to an opportunity to love, when we have ability to do that, then I think we can say we’ve experienced the love of God. The Love of God and the Kingdom of God. The inability to do that is what I am beginning to see as nothing less than hell.

Last week I got married; again. No I didn’t renew my vows, or have an anniversary, I got married for the second time, to my second wife. It was a hard decision but I went for it….. ok well maybe I didn’t do that but if I did would it be sinful? And if it is would it be because the bible condemns it or because our culture condemns it? Well before we all get mixed up in the tree of good and evil, let’s change the subject. SCRATCH EEERT, rearrange, flip the record.

Sin=missing the mark.

The mark= loving God by loving others more than ourselves.

Now all that is left to dance in the joyful music of grace when we fail to lay down our lives for our friends and enemy’s, and then thank God for the strength to succeed next time. It’s not black and white like we might like it but it is simple. It’s the tree of life and it’s delicious.

Inside a seed lives

It creates a flame within

It can never die.