Care Free Sunday

April is perfect today. Blue skies and rapidly growing green grass and ducks playing in Campus Lake. Pastor Kerry spoke this morning regarding a book that he recommends in which the author points out that contrary to the common belief that humans are primarily intellectual creatures who become emotional from time to time…they are in fact emotional creatures who think from time to time. I enjoyed this statement since I have found this to be true all of my life.

Emotions are the fuel that runs the human-machine. Without our perception of beauty and love and service…we would be truly a drab lot. I can read that Christ rose from his tomb and ascended to heaven…but if I feel the words in my heart…my life is changed. I can be taught that Jesus loves the poor and the hungry and the marginalized…but again these are just words until a fellow traveler on this road of life…reaches out to me and feeds me when I am hungry…and says to me to come up to the table of prominence at the feast…where the King is sitting… and set beside them.

Change is difficult. Change is hard to understand or implement…intellectually. When the Dove of Heaven comes to sit upon our shoulder and whisper in our ear…then emotions transform our hearts…and we embrace change…

‘Jesus answered and said to him ‘What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.’ Peter said to him ‘You shall never wash my feet!’ Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you shall have no part of Me.’ Simon Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!’ John 13: 7-9. NKJV

2 responses

  1. This post really touched me this morning. I was literally thinking about all this yesterday morning!

    I have something called alexithymia. It’s hard for me to understand or match words to my feelings. I spent most my life imagining this as minorly problematic; it’s only recently the case I’ve become clear how very, very much I misunderstood this.

    I have missed out on huge, important engagements with the world; my emotions have sometimes taken charge in very destructive ways because I didn’t understand what they were trying to tell me when they started at a whisper. Now, I am trying to learn to lean in, so that I can have the full depth and bredth of human experience. I am encouraged in this by your words. Thank you!

    1. You are most welcome, my friend.

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