Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Art

Life is art. That has been said before. I am not saying anything new, here. But, at the same time, it's something we've been thinking about - just how beautiful life is, how full of potential for creativity, even within every moment.

For example, my yard is a rectangle of green grass. It is really simple, that way. It is about 4,000 square feet. And, to me, that is a lot of space. In fact, I know that - because I live in Wyoming - space is more readily-available; but, at the same time, 4,000 square feet could be enough land to house several families.

I remember people telling me that Christianity isn't about making the world a better place but just about saving souls (as if there's anything saved inside of a soul that doesn't care about making the world a better place). But, I am grateful for the heart-attitude that has, over time, developed in my own experience. I consider it valuable. I don't want to be a greedy person. And, I think it is clear that many people are opening their hearts, more and more, to needs around them.

Even Hollywood people. I like seeing the ways that people who have wealth seek to give it, donate it, share it. If you are bitter, you only accept the goodness that others are doing if it goes in line with your own preferred causes. I don't want to be bitter.

Jesus is a Name that polarizes. In my own life, just even mentioning His Name has meant certain reactions from other people. In some places, mentioning Jesus' Name might even result in death to the person speaking that Name. And, for that, I am very sorry. I would hope that in our increasingly-enlightened world we could find the kindness within ourselves to allow people to feel positively about Jesus, without being threatened by those feelings.

I don't expect us all to "coexist." But, I do think people who talk about unconditional openness and acceptance ought to unconditionally accept people who love Jesus.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Healing

My wife and I have a strange story. For one, we both met each other later in our lives. And, for two, we both had various unique circumstances that came before we met, started dating, and eventually got married.

In my case, some of those circumstances were very politically charged! In hers, not so much.

But, we both came to our marriage with immeasurable amounts of trauma, and the constant need for healing.

That being said, maybe you haven't considered the power of healing in your life, before. Or, maybe you thought it was something that just the "doctors" do. Well, that is most certainly not the case.

I think, if we were all honest with ourselves, which is hard to do, we would realize that life throws us curve-balls after curve-balls, and there is always grief. Sometimes, something strikes a chord in us - for example - that makes us angry! Then, we want to run away and hide... etc., etc., etc. I have friends who deal with somatic healing (working in a healing capacity with the body); the amount of pain and trauma packed in to our bodies in many ways is immense!!!

Then, there are the various ways that bad ideas - the Bible calls it "demonic wisdom" - carve themselves into our hearts, we believe them, beat ourselves up because of them, that goes into our bodies and into our perception(s) of ourselves and others, even our children, etc., etc., etc.

There is so much need for healing, it's not even funny. And, that's the point of Fold.

Fold is a blog from our hearts, about the aspects of God's life that we resonate with, in our journeys, as He directs us. We both love God. And, we both know that He has given us the ability to share what we have learned - insights, etc. - with you. And, for that, we are grateful both to you as well as to God. And, we hope that you can experience healing from what we write.

The world is full of bad ideas. We spend a lot of time thinking about them.

Please consider Fold an encouragement.