i dreamed

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

i dreamed about vast grandeur,
an eternal unfolding sky.
endless, enveloping, seeming
where old things go to die.

i dreamed of far bright lights
upon a darkened sullen gray
following, following, now ever closer
i choose to run away.

I dreamed of green, lighted fields
the ones inviting so
severing, severing my earthly ties
now begging me to go.

I dreamed of pale, wrinkled hands
writhing, wringing, singing sorrow.
endeavouring a desperate promise
of all things better tomorrow.

I dreamed of a brilliant light
beautifully adorned, ’twas He
revering all goodness eternal
His hand outstretched for me.

(c) 2015 rick stassi

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…sharpening our relationship with God

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6 Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation. 2 Cor 1:6,7

By example of suffering, or afflictions, there is a purpose. Through Paul’s suffering, he became an effective teacher of God’s word. This is because the agony that we endure, helps us to turn to God alone for a solution or resolution (see Blue Letter Bible).

Through the example set, endurance in trials became the path to travel to rely solely on God – to solidify our personal relationship with Him.

When in angst, depression, or discomfort, we seek desperately comforts that are within our worldly grasp.

Through Paul’s example we see now that seeking comfort though the unseen brings us the comfort, or consolation of Jesus Christ, and is a reminder of our salvation. It is the bigger picture.

As we learn to live with endurance in affliction, we learn and partake in the consolation and are reminded of our salvation. This is because God has our attention. Even as we may feel we have no way to turn, conversely, we now find our relationship deepening, sharpening, with a God who loves us. The outcome is:

  • We become effectual teachers by example
  • We grow deeper in our personal relationship with God
  • We are reminded that we have attained salvation

The example set forth is either endurance in affliction or elation in consolation. Do not be surprised that trials give way to elation and joy. It is promised that we have our salvation and we are partakers in eternal salvation. For this we praise God.

Rick

November 21, 2011

…here and now, Christ in us!

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 
2 Corinthians 1:2-5 (NKJV)

Grace and Peace from our Father. Blessed be our Father who is also the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are co-inheritors of the kingdom of God (see co-heirs with Christ Rom 8:17). For we are not of the ones in the old Law who are separated from God by a veil. We have access through and with Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God. We are the children who have a Father full of mercies and comfort to look toward. We have the Spirit of the Son with us to look with.

So as we have Christ in us and Christ suffered and died, we too share in this suffering and death from the world of darkness to the world of light. It is glorious light.  As we are loved, we also love. As we are comforted, we also comfort.

The suffering of Jesus is part of us as is His consolation. God’s mercy run through us to the lost and the suffering because we abound in consolation. It is in our co-inheritance with Christ that we may offer this consolation. As Jesus was unconditional in His love, we too are unconditional in our love. If He is in our hearts how shall we deny our hearts? It is our new being. We now act in accordance with the Living God. We seek His kingdom yet we already have achieved His kingdom. Do His work here and now. Walk in His footsteps and do your work here to comfort and love. It is who we are.

Paul praises the Lord our Father and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ because we are all together with
God, with Jesus. His warmth and comfort is every part of who we are and if we seek to see Him in us, we will act in the ability and will with Him in us. This is truly a time to praise God that He sent the Savior of ALL mankind. Yet the very same is part of us and as we partake in the suffering with Him, we convey the comfort through Him to a suffering world.

Bring hope to the hopeless. We shall love. We shall comfort.

Rick

Nov 2011