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2015 Year in Review.001

Thank you to everyone who read, commented, and shared things I wrote on my blog this year. Writing has been an unexpected endeavor for me. I never considered myself much of a writer and was very reluctant to start my blog just over 5 years ago. But in over the past few years writing has grown into a great love and passion of mine. I still feel as though I am trying to “find my way/voice” as a writer, yet feel like this past year I’ve made some good strides in figuring that out. And for those of who have engaged with me along the way, I am very grateful.

I thought I would end this year highlighting my top 5 posts of 2015. In case you missed any of them when they were first posted, you can find the links below.

  1. Remembering Carole: A tribute to my mother-in-law who passed away earlier this year.
  2. On receiving refugees… and maybe terrorist: a few thoughts on a Christians perspective on the refugee crisis.
  3. Let her be her: the story of my wife and I’s first major fight.
  4. Young Love: the story of two elderly couple still in love.
  5. Letting your weakness show: a story about the day I couldn’t hide it any longer.

Thanks again to all of my faithful readers. If there is anything you would love to read more about from me in the year ahead I would love to know. Happy reading and writing in 2016!

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Earlier this week I wrote a post about how the more we are confronted with the brokenness of our world the more our longing for Jesus to return grows. As the week moved along I came across this song by Dustin Kensrue that expresses the same. If you like what you hear you can check out more of his stuff here.

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As a Christian, I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that at that moment in history a new world order was unveiled. It was the beginning of a renewal movement for all of creation. As it says in Romans 8, all creation groans up to this present time. All of creation is waiting. All of creation is longing to be made new. That includes us as well.

This week in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris there has been a collective groan across the world. And coupled with our groan are a few questions. One, when is this going to end? When will terrorist attacks, school shootings, racial divides, and domestic violence come to an end? And two, if a renewal movement was launched at the resurrection, why does it seem as though nothing is being made new?

Not only do I believe in the resurrection of Christ, I also believe in the return of Christ. I believe that one day he will return and will bring to completion the restoration of all things that was started when he broke free from the grave.

In my younger years the idea of Jesus coming back wasn’t all that intriguing. There were things that I wanted to do and experiences that I wanted to have in this life. My thought was, if Jesus were to come back it would prevent me from doing those things and having those experiences.

But as I get older and see more of the pain and suffering in our world, my longing for Jesus to come back increases every day. I firmly believe that it’s only then that we will see an end to the violence that is tearing our world apart. It’s only then that creation will be made whole.

But this raises the question, what are we supposed to be doing in the mean time? How are we supposed to be living in between Christ’s resurrection and return?

I think the answer is really simple, yet incredibly challenging. We are called to be the change that we want to see in the world. If we want to see more peace in the world, we need to receive and extend the peace of God. If we want to see justice for those who are oppressed, we need to work for those who are marginalized. If we want to see love win, instead of furthering hate and violence, we need to start by loving our neighbor. Even those neighbors who oppose and hate us.

I believe no matter your spiritual orientation or religion, the desire for things to be made whole lives deep in our bones. Therefore, we hope and we wait for Jesus to return and make all things new. But instead of just hanging on and waiting until it happens, we work toward it now.

May you be the change you want to see in the world.

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