by jha on 01/13/2013

Dear Joy,

There’s a special bonus post on top of 89?  Wow – thanks for typing out what T preached today and last week.  You get my 2 thumbs up because you really caught the gist of it.  Good job!  It IS an awesome sermon.

Interesting that you posted Lazarus here for Chloe.  Is she a regular reader? (*Pause: Let me say “Hello” to her now, in case she’s reading this)

Hello, Chloe! Have you been following these reflection papers?  I’ve not forgotten you, especially the part where you have yet to let me kiss your toes in gratitude!  Like everyone else, our hearts get tested on a daily basis.  Woody Allen said, “To love is to suffer.”  And I think to myself, “To live is to love, therefore to live is to suffer.”  Joy mentioned something poignant from the Lazarus sermon – we obey. We’re not the only ones who find it hard to obey.  Even Jesus did and had to (*gasp*) learn it.

Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. (Heb 5:8)

When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died…(Phil 2:8)

I appreciate what you wrote in 89 about how you’re making it a point to be aware of how you felt when reading work emails and what made you respond in that manner. Nothing like the good ol’ SLLTT to get our perspective, beliefs and actions realigned with God.  Indeed, your need to persistently turn to God is what will keep you from sinking into the waters of pride & doubt.  Afterall “Turn” is the last letter of SLLTT.  The drill ain’t worth a penny without it.

Actually, with a sermon like that, who needs to say anything more?


As ever,


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