Love sees hope in bleakness

by Craig on December 17, 2014

If you're Christian, or believe the bible has something to say, read...there is hope

a regretful prophecy of sorrow
an auspicious prophecy of victory

the first obscure promise of Messiah
the first explicit threat to the Enemy

“I will put enmity
between you
and the woman,

and between your offspring and hers;

He will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.
(Genesis 3:15)

One spoke
three listened

One eternal God
to one fallen man
one fallen woman
and one fallen angel

one becomes, not THE God,
but “the god of this age”
(1 Cor 4:4)

and two forfeit eternal life
by choosing broken earthly “wisdom”
over perfect wisdom of One Eternal God

what sings out like the first morning bird

is the presence of hope…even amid failure
even after the biggest mess ups, the deepest sadness
there is always hope of something where nothing seems possible

because, only with God
and through him for you
all things are possible

Jesus said so (MT 19:26)

it's not easy sometimes, but even through tears...hope

sometimes even scraps of hope are enough
because not every Christmas is bright

 

…the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:5)

in the Garden…
maybe elsewhere…

through bleak…dismal…discouraging…failure…

enters heartening…promising…shiny…hope…

Merry Hopeful Christmas.

 

 

This is where the awesome art is from

the mountain
the box

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Cosmos

As I watch Cosmos I notice…
if you replace, in the script, the words…
“nature, science, cosmos, or universe”…

with the word…

“God”…

you have something quite religious sounding.

I possess faith, through doubt, and without definitive scientific proof. I love science and was hoping Cosmos would be all about that. I’m still hoping. But I know faith and religion when I hear it, and I hear it regularly in Cosmos. It’s faith, and religion of sorts in nature, science, and the universe.

The opening sequence of Cosmos is artistic observation…
the realities of the universe are revealed in earthly examples…

a spiral galaxy…

An honest, open, Christian response to Cosmos

and a seashell…

An honest, open, Christian response to Cosmos

a dandelion seed…

Brilliant, earthy examples by Cosmos of BIG science...

and a spacecraft…

Brilliant, earthy examples by Cosmos of BIG science...

a star…

a Christian response to Cosmos...

going supernova…

black hole2producing a black hole…

A Christian responds to Cosmos in an honest, critical, but  non judgy way

…and a human iris.

black hole4

It’s awe inspiring really.

If you look closely in the middle of the picture you can see the imaginary spaceship of Cosmos, unburdened by the rules of physics. So it can trek through time, to anywhere, approaching infinity or shrinking to infinitesimal size. Brilliant.

The show spells out our universal address.
The first line of the address is Earth.
I like this a lot. It’s science.

Then the space ship circles the moon…

An honest, open, Christian response to Cosmos

“no sky, no ocean, no life”. It’s Science.

Then it veers off toward the fiery Sun…

sun

which “powers the winds and the waves…
and all the life on the surface of our world.”

Science.

Then a quick flight past crispy little Mercury…

mercury

it’s the black circle on the left side of the sun.
There’s no agenda so far, no religion, no faith – just spectacular science.

To quote Cosmos, it’s stuff “discovered by observation and experimentation”.

 

So I sit back and enjoy, thinking and hoping that the “faith and religion in science” stuff might be left behind. Maybe it was just a cursory nod to Carl Sagan, and now we will see science, unfettered by opinion or agenda.

But then the spaceship hovers over cloud covered Venus and…

Venus

ruh roh.

Cosmos pt 1
Cosmos pt 2
Cosmos pt 3

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