Love was and is and is to come – and it fixes broken.

by Craig on August 24, 2012

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Why does Our Lord invite us to pray for his Kingdom to come?

He doesn’t need our help or prayers.
Maybe it might be as simple as this.
He likes it when we team up with him.

Then there’s the mystical “now and not yet” nature of the Kingdom of God.

It arrived and was present when Our Lord walked the earth.
It exists now in our hearts, if we worship God in love and truth.
And it will come again, and all things wrong will be right.

The kingdom of God…
like the name of God…
was, and is, and is to come.

The Hebrew for the name of God, “I am”, is tricky.
It could be translated as not just “I am” but also “I was” and “I shall be”.

So many talk flippantly about all the “contradictions” in the Bible, but I have yet to have one of those many, answer this simple question, “Can you name just a single contradiction?” It stops them every time.

We all hide behind the unsteady walls we build. No?

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On the other hand, how often does anyone speak of the miraculous consistency of 66 separate writings (73 if you’re Catholic), written over a span of maybe 3,000 years, that rings so true when placed all together in one book?

The name of God is “I was, I am, I will be”.
His kingdom was, and is, and it will be.

And why do we need the kingdom to come?

Because everything now is broken.

The most stunning sunrise is a mirage of color.
The most exquisite diamond still has flaws.
The purest human heart is stained.

Broken is broken…
and broken doesn’t fix itself…
broken needs to be fixed, and needs a fixer.

Maybe fixed with glue, or staples, or duct tape…
maybe screws and bolts and bits of string…
maybe hammer and nails…

and a Savior on a Cross.

I am broken.

We remain irretrievably broken, unless we’re fixed by love...

We were broken.
We are broken.
We remain irretrievably broken…

unless…

we’re fixed.

If you don’t know the gospel of Jesus…
please tell me, I’d love to share it with you.

The Gospel is love – and it fixes broken.

Anyway…if you have read this far…know this…

I’ll be praying for your broken parts every hour today…at the top of each hour.

If I know you’ve read this, I’ll pray for you by name.

And even if not by name…

God knows your name…

and all your broken parts.

I’ll let him figure out the secret stuff.

I’ll. Just. Pray.

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Rebecca August 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

needed to read this tonight. In the midst of broken…or the inconsistencies people want to point out as they tear apart the most beautiful words ever written…they do to the Bible what they do to people…they tear them apart…piece by piece, never reading or wanting to read the entire story and seeing the broken…upon the cross….not believing, because deep down we all know…we don’t deserve it….some just can’t accept it…me, I bow down and pick up the gift of grace and mercy so freely given…..allowing Him to fix the broken chards of glass….that should never be fixed…but, they are…little by little…no matter how badly bruised, broken or torn apart by others….Thank you….for this reminder….truly needed it tonight.

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Craig August 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

Rebecca, you know I understand each and every one of these absolutely poetic words you have written – so full of faith – so full of understanding of love. Thank you for them – they touched me – and I’m really glad to know that you read this – because this means Friday I had – and Saturday I’m having the opportunity to pray for you every hour – for your heart and all your broken that only God knows – thank you. God bless and keep you my friend.

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Michelle August 25, 2012 at 4:39 am

Thank you. :)

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Craig August 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

It’s my pleasure Michelle – really it is – every hour now I get to speak with him – every hour now I get to pray for you because I know that you read this – so every hour I get smile and commune with God and dispatch angels around the globe – it’s a real privilege – so thankYOU my friend!

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Katie August 26, 2012 at 12:06 am

Beautiful post today Craig. Thank you! I was thinking about being broken…… after visiting my Aunt Pat in Columbia, MO today. I don’t want her to be broken. I don’t want her to die. I want to be selfish and keep her here with me and those she loves. She has terminal cancer. She has stopped all treatments and is going for quality of life with those she loves. She has peace. She is really content. She is a believer. But I have a heavy heart tonight.

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Craig August 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I wonder what I would do if I were in your aunt’s situation – I think if there were no cure on the horizon, I might choose the same route – live life fully as long as I could – love as long as I could – then move on. But I know how sad it can be – my mom died of cancer – so I’m with you my friend. And since I haven’t replaced this post yet that means I’m still praying for broken – and it means I’ve been praying for you. God bless and keep you Katie!

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Katie August 31, 2012 at 12:33 am

Thank you!

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Mari August 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Hi Craig, I was reading just last night the passage in which God tells Moses that he is “I am”. How great that he is the Great I am. There is so much emphasis today on fixing yourself when as you said only the Gospel heals everything else just patches us up. Hope that you are healing…

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Craig August 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I love that passage Mari —– they won’t listen to me unless you tell me what your name is – and he says I am, I was, I will be, tell them “I am, I was, I will be” sent you. Moses must NOT have liked that very much . ツ and we do need fixing for earthly things too, but amen, above all, the biggest fixes come from God. God bless you Mari, and thank you my friend.

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