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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stranger Than Fiction

Do you ever get the feeling that you're a character in a novel, with the music and the voiceover, even the real-time edits going on all around you?

For all the "pick yourself up by your bootstraps" advice, the "world's your oyster" comments, the "you're gonna make it after all" theme songs, I can't shake the feeling that my life is somehow deeply intertwined with others, and they've all got the scripts and the red pens and I'm just waiting in the wings until someone else holds up the cue cards.


MacoMan said...
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MacoMan said...

Evidences of our actual presence in the Kingdom of God abound in personal experience, and your comment is nothing less than such evidence. You are living in it apparently, and beneath the surface of what you write here is a declaration of a clear but subtle fact: We live in a Kingdom
that is totally upside down from what surrounds us."Real-time edits" are indeed occurring around us but that is not what defines us; that is, you will simply not discover anything or anyone in the kingdom of this world holding up a "cue card" for you because no one, thing, or circumstance is central to your story; nor is it possible otherwise. Christ alone is our cue, and He holds up His Gospel as the single card by which all stories are written. You are right, it is Someone Else who holds up the cue card.

MacoMan said...

It must feel a little odd to have a strange man post comments on your blog, and after just a little consideration, I thought it best to let you know (and I would feel better):

1. I am old enough to be your grandfather;
2. personally know your boss;
3. acquainted with many in your church community;
4. very much still in love with my wife of many years;
5. found your blog through David Balzer's FB page;
5. and I find similarities of my own with the contents in your head - only you are much better at expressing it.

Next time I visit God's World Publishing, I'll introduce myself personally. Say "hello" to Joel for me! Cheers.

--Rebecca said...

No, MacoMan, it doesn't feel odd, but I do appreciate your clarification. It was clear from your first comments that Christ is what we have in common.
You have given me much to think about already, and you have encouraged me with your presence here. For that I thank you, and I fully expect that the same Spirit we share, who calls us "adelphoi" is the same God who is able and does provide the power to bring unity out of diversity in his Body, so that we may treat one another "with absolute purity," "having the mind of Christ," because we are called by him to share a "sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart." And we in the Body are able to do it, because we "have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God."

Thank you for reading my words, and thank you for responding with your own. I would be delighted to meet you in person if you do visit the office sometime soon. I am not there every day, but at least once a week. And if I tell Joel "MacoMan" said hello, will he know to whom I am referring?

MacoMan said...

Joel might but I've not communicated with him using that nick. I live in Fairview, and my wife and I visited his home for supper several months ago. He'll figure it out. ;-)

Tammi T. said...

This hit me so hard. I really needed to hear this. After reading it, a song came to mind by Manafest, "Never Let You Go". I guess my perspective had been a lot like your original one. Thanks for sharing the insight you gained by talking with your pastor. It is a lot to think about. I will probably be reading this again and again.