Giving Blood

"But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." (Galatians 3:22) Redhanded

Yes, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31) but turn back to Isaiah (49:16) where God says "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands". Deeper than a tattoo, God literally has your name carved into His palm. That's gotta hurt. Everything Jesus went through for us was for us. "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32) Most times, even if we've gone through seeing the Father as a strict and loveless rulegiver, we have a hard time taking that extra step and realizing that He's indeed the nicest person you'd ever meet. He's your Daddy. Whether or not we had a good earthly father has no bearing on the eternal character of He. It's just that before we appropriate the "life...more abundantly" (John 10:10) Jesus died to give us, we must realize that, not only is life a gift to be enjoyed. And by not acknowledging Him as the giver it's the same as theft. But we must also realize that Jesus' blood is on our hands.

Redshift

"Peter saith unto Him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto Him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head." (John 13:8-9)

Redshift happens as objects recede from view--galactically. The light from said objects turning back to the red end of the spectrum. Psalms (103:12) says "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us." This is true. "Cast into the deep end of the universe", as it were. This is who you are in Christ. And it is one thing to acknowledge who we are in Him even as we assimilate and appropriate the promises of faith inherent to the station of a son or daughter of God. But we are, in some sense, more. What I mean is, we are individual pieces of God that are walking around on this plane, tethered to Him by the unbreakable bond of the Holy Ghost. And no matter how far we recede or how we feel (provided we don't break that Holy-Spiritual bond), we can never undo what He has done. But again, it flows back to the sacrifice of the Son. None of the blessings we receive could have happened had not God sent His "only begotten Son". I used to kid with my dad that without me, he wouldn't be celebrating Father's Day. But I guess I have a brother too...

Redline

A double entendre hides within. A red line through a word or a sentence. Something must be edited out or amended (or emended, or appended, or...?) God knows. But it also means in a very broad (mechanical) sense, an upper limit. Now, the sky's the limit (blueshift happens when objects come closer), yes. But you are called for a purpose and a time and a season. I find that when something happens of inexpressible freedom or joy or beauty, after the fact, there was always a purpose in the feeling of liberty. Yes, we have "all the time in the world". But there will come a time when we'll answer for all we've done. The idea that we can do anything at all is limited by schedule and resource and reality. We might feel invincible, just try cutting yourself or crossing the street without looking (Actually, don't.). There are strictures in place that would prevent us from overheating and melting down. Before you launch out on your irrepressible career, let God know you're grateful for all He's done--for you. Get into specifics if you feel so inclined. Meet with Him to discuss matters (He's always there waiting). I find that as seasons come and go, the time spent acknowledging God in whatever way is what stands out amidst the sea of infinite possibility. We won't get to do all we want while we're here. But this doesn't mean you can't dream and let the Father show you worlds beyond your imagining. His peace though. His peace is what keeps us grounded (in the best sense of the word).

"Wilt Thou be angry with us for ever? Wilt Thou draw out thine anger to all generations? Wilt thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee? Shew us Thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us Thy salvation. I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints: but let them not return again to folly. Surely His salvation is nigh them that fear Him; that glory may dwell in our land." (Psalm 85:5-9)

Happy Father's Day.