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Beautiful To Me

Occasionally if not all the time we need to know that we are special, the lyrics below are a reminder of that, from a song by Don Francisco, called Beautiful To Me. Or if your prefer scroll to the bottom of the post and there is a link to youtube where you can see the song played. May God bless you today and may you come to know how deeply loved you are by the living God. May that love puncture any balloons of negativity or self loathing, and set you free.

The crowds were in the streets that day when Jesus came
to town All the synagogue was there and more from miles around
So I asked him home to dinner just to see what I could
see Of this famous local prophet from here in Galilee

And I don’t know just how that woman got into the room
But you couldn’t miss her gaudy clothes and her strong
and sweet perfume. She went straight to Jesus’ feet and stopped and stood
right there Then cried and wet His feet with tears and dried them
with her hair.

Now of all the women in my town none was more well
known For the flagrant sin she’d lived in and the wickedness
she’d sown. But He didn’t move to stop her — seemed this phophet
couldn’t tell That the woman who was touching Him was the kind they
buy and sell.

And I had no idea just what this Jesus planned to do
When he said “Simon, there’s something I need to say to
you.”So I said “Teacher, if it’s on your mind then tell me
what you will.” But as He began to speak to me the room grew quickly
still

He said “Take a good look at this woman now, in spite
of all her fears She’s kissed me and anointed me and washed my feet with
tears. She’s honoured me and you’ve been only rude to me
instead. You gave no kiss of greeting, no anointing for my
head.”

And her sins were red as scarlet and now they’re washed
away. The love and faith she’s shown is all the price she has
to pay For the depth of God’s forgiveness, it’s more than you
can see And in spite of what you think of her, she’s beautiful
to me

Now my anger flamed to hatred, I wanted nothing more
Than to take this prophet by the throat and throw Him
out the door To act like God, forgiving sins, and then speak so to
me. This itinerant from Nazareth in backwards Galilee.

But instead I sat and trembled, shaken to the core
The woman still was weeping as she knelt there on the
floor Jesus turned to her and said, “Your chains have been
released Your faith has saved you from your sins, rise — walk
in peace.”

Your sins were red as scarlet but now they’re washed
away. The love and faith you’ve shown is all the price you
have to pay For the depth of God’s forgiveness, it’s deeper than
the sea And no matter what the world may think, you’re
beautiful to me.
Lyrics taken from <a href=”http://www.elyrics.net/read/d/don-francisco-lyrics/beautiful-to-me-lyrics.html&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>this page</a>

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God, I’m Thirsty!

Unknown-1The tweet read ‘without the Holy Spirit, my faith is as dry as a parched throat.’ The Tweet and shared and perhaps caught someone’s imagination or drew a question into their heart.

The question might have been how thirsty am I for more of God? The kind of thirst that many men and women of scripture recognised within themselves, as they encountered Christ and realised they needed his gift.

Just recently I have been getting back into the gym, and as part of that, you get a consultation with an instructor. He reminded me that one of the changes I need to make to be more healthy was to drink water, and that your body needs water more than the highly calorific but lovely tasting lattes I keep drinking! It seems at some level, that I have been ignoring my bodies basic need for water, I am meant to drink at least two litres apparently, every day!

I see this lack of meeting one basic need can be mirrored in our spiritual life. For example, to-do lists, church meetings, vision sessions all in the name of building Gods Kingdom, can act like lattes offering some thirst relief, but are no substitute for the real thirst quenching living water, or in other words receiving Christ’s gift.

Maybe there is a reason we are substituting our need of living water, perhaps the reasons are painful, or mean we need to make some life changes, perhaps letting go of our managed and manicured church lives, or perhaps just making time for Christ’s gift.

A gift that isn’t neat or tidy, doesn’t come with a bow or nice wrapping paper. However the gift connects you with God and enhances and produces character traits, that don’t wrinkle or perish, and are of the kind that cost nothing but are priceless, ancient, eternal.

These being love for all, joy in life, peace that centres you, patience that keeps looking, along with hope for the best in others, which flows out in actions that are good and kind. Lastly and so important of course there is self-control, that controls the tongue from demeaning others.

Let us metaphorically drink of Christ’s gift, like a tall glass of crystal clear water on a hot summers day, that doesn’t just quench your thirst but you are aware of its coolness as the liquid spreads out in your body changing your temperature, and mood.

Christ’s gift underpins all I do, I am still like all of us all a work in progress, but I find that progress is made better with His gift than without.

Lord God, may I know the renewing power of your gift of the holy spirit, may I be remade in your likeness. Amen

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