was out singing/speaking this past weekend. spent a day in lincoln, nebraska and met a group of great people there. we had conversation around the topic, the reality of being disabled, [or what they referred to as “definitely-abled”]. it was a really good time together, and i believe some great results will come out of the efforts of those who are taking on that challenge to serve an underserved part of the population in many places.
on sunday, i spent the evening in a coffeehouse setting at my home church, in my hometown. another great experience, seeing friends, some of which i’ve not seen in years. i had the chance to share some of what is going on in my life currently, do some music, share some thoughts and photos, and beliefs about this great God we relate to and serve. and at both events i shared a short quote with a huge meaning for me. i will type it in below this photo of new life springing from what looked like an old, dead twig just a couple of weeks ago…
“true beauty, some say, resides at the threshold of pain. this is why we can call the crucifixion beautiful. not because we are barbarians, but because there is an inherent truth and goodness in it. Christ lays his life down for all of humankind, past, present, and future. this is good; he is good. and his goodness points us to truth, truth of redemption, truth of coming restoration, truth of forgiveness.
this is why we can look back on pain in our lives and call it beautiful. it wasn’t beautiful then; it was hell. but from that hell grew a shoot, and from that shoot a leaf, and life sprang up where hell resided; that’s beautiful. God makes it so.”
-timothy willard & jason locy, from their book, veneer