I’m Fascinated By His Love

"This Is My Body - The Passion Of The Christ"by C.M. Dudash

“This Is My Body – The Passion Of The Christ”by C.M. Dudash

 

Happy, Sunday Friends.  During this 31 Day Planning with Purpose Series we have been a bit more contemplative, deviating from the normal format in posts on Sundays. Today I want to share something I wrote a while back. May this Sunday refresh you, bring you the reminder of God’s Love and Faithfulness. May you find the balance between busy and blessed as you plan your upcoming week.

 

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ~Ephesians 5:15-17

 

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A Friendly Offering {Happy Thanksgiving}

Original Artwork by C. Michael Dudash

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; 
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 107:1


Whoever is wise, 
let him heed these things 
and consider 
the great love of the LORD.
Psalm 107:43
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, 
for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 106:1
Wherever you are today remember, 
it is good to give thanks to the Lord. 
May you and yours have a blessed day~
Happy Thanksgiving!

The beautiful painting on my post today is by one pf my favorite artists, C. Michael Dudash
Please visit and enjoy his work at his web site: cmdudash

Heaven’s Hug

The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From Paradise
The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise (1813) by John Martin  
Running, looking back over shoulders. Sweat beads, fear.
Fleeing the garden, 
peace and safety.
Purity exchanged for lies,
delusions of freedom and power.
The knowledge of all brings chains.
Shame awaits in open fields,
hopelessness in hidden corners.
Death lurks everywhere, 
seeking to fulfill the curse’s promise.
Untruth reigns.
Yet,
Love stakes a claim.
One Name.
A Promise remains…
in Him.
I followed Eve’s folly into a world of madness and discontent
for I thought too little
of a love that dies 
to bring peace and joy…that won’t.
Endless corridors offer enlightenment,
leading away from 
the Light that lifts souls from darkness
and 
fools from apathy and death.
A garden.
A plan.
A claim.
He came.
An unwilling disciple.
An unwilling candidate.
Odd one to choose I suppose.
Why would love stoop down to the lowest of lows?
Passionate, yes.
Zeal, indeed.
Unwilling to accept such a lofty creed.
I’ll never get it, no.
A Righteousness, not my own.
Freely given.
Rejected.
Not embraced.
Traded for a taste of lack
and 
dissatisfaction, 
offered by a world which rejects truth.
Love. 
Grace.
But, that one face looking down from that  one place,
with eyes that did embrace
all humanity…
in one earth splitting, death defying, 
life eternal 
hug.
Love tore the curtain, reversed the serpent’s plan, set apart forever
The One and Only God that became Man.
Jesus.
Name above all Names.
Painting by C. Michal Dudash

Special thanks to my daughter Katherine who helped me choose the name for this poem.
She said Heaven’s Hug sounded “cozier” and more inviting than Eternity’s Embrace.
Jesus is about inviting, each one of us to His place of coziness.
He loved us enough to appeal by laying down His own life 
to offer us an eternal hug in the everlasting place
called Heaven. He waits for us to accept this truth.
To be embraced with His everlasting love, immersed in His peace and joy forever.
Starting where we are now.
Now that’s a hug I want to embrace!
How about you?

“True peace comes from embracing what is, 
not from ceaseless striving to change everything around me 
to make my life more safe, secure, comfortable.”
~Dan Meadows in The Mosaic Bible

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