Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Swiss Chard & Liberation Through Love

Here is the latest e-mail update on EB's development:
Congratulations! Your baby is full-term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away. He weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long.
Can anyone tell me what the heck a swiss chard is? And why would they choose it as a size reference?

The questionable choice of a swiss chard as a size reference is not whats on my mind, though that is surely an interesting conversation that im sure will take place later. After talking with the man who has absolutely most influenced my life for the better I thought I would pass on the long and short of our conversation.

Understanding the love of God is not always an easy thing. Scripture and history tell us that Christ died a terrible death for mankind but rarely does that knowledge really change our lives, rarely does that knowledge help us understand the depth of the Fathers love. After talking with a Giant of a Man today I am anticipating the arrival of my daughter more than ever.

Today, Daniel Bass, explained to me how the first year of parenthood has been instrumental in helping him get his head and heart around the love God has for us. Apparently he has experience what appears to be an endless amount of patients, grace, and love directed towards his daughter. Everyday she becomes more clearly rebellious yet Daniel is not upset at her. Her selfish and sinful nature can be seen in a lot of what she does yet no matter how many times he has to discipline her he does not cease to love her more. How many times have we felt that God is disappointed in us or if we were God we would be pissed at people like us because we continue to make the same mistakes?

No one is under the delusion that Daniel will raise his daughter through adolescents and not be frustrated or disappointed in her but right now he is able to experience the closest thing to what we are told God feels for us.

With that being said, the anticipation of being a father is ever greater because I hope that I can experience what Daniel has. Imagine how drastically different our lives would be if we all understood the depth and breadth of God's love for us? If we really understood and believed that God isn't ashamed of us know matter what we do then we would be liberated to share the Gospel no matter how hypocritical it felt, to truly approach the thrown of Grace with confidence, and to love others knowing how undeserving we are of the love God has given us.

We are more flawed and sinful than we ever dared believe, yet we are more loved and accepted than we ever dared hope at the same time.

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