Thursday, February 26, 2009
meet matthew phillip
i've debated on whether or not to share the only picture of our son with you, dear friends and complete strangers. but what i decided is that...
i need you to know our son.
i need you to see how beautiful he was.
i need you to realize that he is now perfect. he is healed. because he is with jesus.
yesterday i was contemplating what i was going to be giving up for lent this year. i'm not catholic, but i do like giving up 1 thing each year so i can be reminded of what christ has done for me. but i'll be honest, i would complain about giving up that 1 thing much of the lent period. or i would fall off the wagon. but i definitely didn't spend enough time really thinking about what christ has done for me.
i took suggestions from my friend. chocolate? no, not much of a sacrifice for me. i don't crave it much (i know, i'm weird like that!) hmmm...coffee? caffeine? sodas? no, not if i want to continue being employed. my boss probably wouldn't take too kindly to me sleeping on my desk every day. :)
the first day of lent came and went and no sacrifice was identified.
then today, i clearly heard from God...
you have sacrificed your son.
now you can really understand the deep hurt and anguish i felt when i had to sacrifice my Son, Jesus, for you.
now you know just how much i love you.
so my "sacrifice" this year, is to truly, truly meditate on how much God loves me. so much so that He gave up his only Son for me. above and beyond my bible study homework, i want to spend some time reflecting on this truth.
do you know how much Jesus loves you?
for god SO loved the world, that He gave his ONE and ONLY Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.