August 29, 2016

I was reading an article by Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary and he talked about how we like things to end well.  Three of the Gospels end as a neat package, Jesus is Lord and we have our marching orders.  But one Gospel looks more like the life we live, messy, fearful, and unsure about the future.

So I’m thinking about the stories we tell our kids and grandkids, about how we tell the stories that begin with, “Once upon a time…”
And they usually end with, “And they lived happily ever after.”
One of the stories I told my kids ended with, “…and they fell fast asleep.”

We like things to end well, we like good conclusions, we don’t do so well when things are left opened ended, especially when things look bleak or are in turmoil.  We like to know that situations will end, happily ever after.

Maybe that’s why many of us have issues with life.  Life for most of us is anything but happily ever after.  We huff and we puff and we fuss about the condition of our neighborhoods, cities, our nation, the world…and we don’t usually see much that will make us feel warm and fuzzy that things will work out right.

But the Gospels teach us that Jesus is Lord even when life looks bleak.

Think about that a bit.  What does it look like in our life that Jesus is Lord even when the story looks a bit unfinished?  Ponder that a while.

Peace

Jim

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