Sunday, December 21, 2008

The answer is plain to see

Many years ago a group of well meaning Christians layed hands on me and asked God that my right leg be "healed" in the sense that it would grow back to the length it was before the accident that had shortened it... nothing happened and they were quite surprised that nothing had happened... but I was not dissapointed as far as I was concerned it was a miracle that I still had my leg... seeing more than 27 bits of bone on an x ray makes one gratefull when 18 months later you put down the crutches...
Then last year I had another accident and the same leg was involved... titanium screws and plate helped get all the parts together again. I had proper therapy this time as well and with the help of the physiotherapist I now have more movement than ever in my ankle... Because she was able to explain why and we both wanted the leg to be better than before... so in a way there was laying on of hands...
If you are wondering where this is leading to bear with me.
You see I believe in the microcosmic miracle as well as the blown away type. The healing in both my accidents were on the
microcosmic scale. Insignificant to many people but real to me, God worked a miracle, he made me walk again, not once but twice!
That is why I am always puzzled when people say they do not believe in miracles because X's leg that was amputated never grew back when people prayed and layed hand on X... that is just an example of how people want to be convinced by "blown away" miracles.
Then today in church we again read a passage from Luke 1, but that is not what caught my eye... the last verses of the previous book was what I had never really seen before!
St Mark 16 verse 18
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
There was my answer and the answer for the ones that get dissapointed when the miracle that they hoped for never happened... Jesus said "sick" not maimed! However I do believe that if God wants to and it would glorify his name that he would restore a maimed person as well. We shoul also remember that God promised perfect bodies when we join him in Heaven, so as a person with "battle scars" so to speak I have no use to be perfect in body while on this mortal coil. The porpose of a "blown away" miracle is never for the person involved as such but for the glorification of God and to serve as example of his Power and Majesty. The person recieving the miracle is a vessel for this purpose. Not for us but for You!

The quote for the day is also very true... each breath I take is a "blown away" miracle to me!
"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery." H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Agnus Dei

This is the time of the year when Christians commemorate of the birth of Jesus... Son of God but more important! Lamb of God who died for my sin and through his Spirit I attempt to live the Love he is and has shown us by his sacrifice on the Cross...

- - Alleluia, alleluia
For the lord God almighty reigns
Alleluia, alleluia
For the lord God almighty reigns

Holy, holy are you lord God almighty
Worthy is the lamb
Worthy is the lamb
You are holy, holy are you lord God almighty
Worthy is the lamb
Worthy is the lamb
so while doing the dishes I decided to listen to some Christian music and got FoxyTunes to look for more on YouTube. It found some in Spanish... Por español...

Another Spanish version, the song has a special sort of meaning when I heard it today in Spanish, the language we sort of picked up in Argentina...
Forgive me for not having done the Argentina trip yet, since getting back it has been rather hectic at work and blogging has not been a prime objective... will get around to that as soon as I can... In the meantime all I can do is praise God for the things he has done.

You are the Lord
The famous one
Famous one
Great is your name
In all the earth
The heavens declare
You're glorious, glorious
Great is your fame
Beyond the earth

Chris Tomlin - The Famous One