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Little Power Parables

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Sunday message: Little Power Parables, (Our Text of the Quarter: Matthew 13:31-34.  The Kingdom of God is like… a mustard seed?  A granule of yeast?  (Big things come in small packages!)

Good Morning friends,

Another major tragedy close to home has rocked our hearts.  I have had a hard time even speaking words about it.  Every time I try to speak about it I fall silent.  Words seem so empty and cheap.

There is deep grief as we see a gathering place full of life turned into a graveyard.  One moment there is fun and enjoyment and the next there is horror.  And the loss for so many people of a spouse, a child – unbelievable.  Its a time to weep.

I took a ride yesterday into the mountains.  Up, up, and then way up.  I left Boulder with clear vision able to see for miles.  But the further up I went, the view became more and more clouded.  I finally reached my destination for the day on top of a lone mountain.  I couldn’t see more than 30 feet in any direction because of the foggy mist and it was cold!

I knew that just beyond the mist their were snow capped mountains, rivers, lakes and beautiful blue sky.  But I couldn’t see any of it because everything was shrouded in clouds.  The beauty, grandeur, majesty of the world was all around me but I couldn’t see it.

This is how it seems sometimes with God.  He so often can seem hidden – shrouded in clouds.  Once in awhile the clouds break and a glimpse of Him can be seen – his beauty, majesty, and grandeur.  Would it be that we could see God more clearly!  “Reveal yourself to me!”

As I stood there on that lone mountain in the shrouded mist, reflecting on this reality, my thoughts were led to Jesus.  Jesus, the God-man, holy-human weave of perfection comes near to us.  Jesus is the full revelation of God.  In him, God is revealed and not so hidden.

When God seems shrouded, I look to Jesus.  I can see him.  And when the beauty and majesty of God seems hidden, I can see him.  I can seek him.  For to know Jesus is to know God.  And in Jesus, I am fully known by God.  And the promises of Jesus to be with me, to walk life with me, no matter what happens in this world, even to the end of the age, speak truth to my soul.

Now is a time to love.  Now, is a call to love.  For only in God’s love and love for one another will we be able to see God more clearly.  For in love, what is hidden is revealed.  What is lost, can be found.

1 Corinthians 13:12 helps me too, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  Til that day, I look to Jesus to see God more clearly.  I love my neighbor to know God more fully.  And I hope in the day the shroud of clouds will be lifted.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Mark



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