Just because I can…and want to share a set of tender moments. The picture will say it all.
When you see the photo of an adorable, 100% cute child you think of the wonders the child brings to the world. When he is your child, and you meet him at 1AM for a quick diaper change and handoff to Mom a few other thoughts run through your tired mind about the same child.
Nothing good in life comes free. Nothing great comes without great cost and sacrifice. This is not only true of life, but of the path we need to take to heaven.
Jesus lived a hard life, and so did his disciples. He even had friends he loved suffer and die! He was our king, and died a painful death on a cross he carried on his shoulders after a brutal set of beatings. Yet despite these facts, I think most people imagine Christ in his gloriously transformed body by default. A transfigured body he only obtained by passing through the painful death on a tree.
So the next time you see 100% cuteness, don’t forget the work it takes to get there. Also know the moment of glory is worth every sacrifice it took to make a glimpse of heaven on earth.
The world is full of manmade noise. Noise, sounds and vibrations with no Godly organization, only serve to distract us from our ingrained mission of finding and loving the Lord. This means if we want to draw ourselves to the Lord, we must through force of will, ignore the world’s noise so our souls can make music in harmony with God’s intended design for the world.
For example, take a look at tomorrow’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. There thousands will walk as a result of a court decision literally made up from the air the justices breathed, and created with little factual evidence or legal precedent. The whim of men created “rights” which did not exist ever before, denied the humanity of a child in the wound established with natural law at the dawn of time, and to this day results in the extermination of so many people it is actually fulfilling Margret Sangster’s dream of the ethnic cleansing of “lesser” peoples. Oh the thoughts of this are nauseating to God fearing people everywhere!
In the thousands of words the people attending will hear tomorrow, very few will change the hearts and minds of committed abortion supporters. Why? Abortion rights supporters will constantly deny the humanity of the child in the womb by shouting their own words over anyone opposing them. They will continue trying to convince themselves their own destiny must not include the life they helped create. They know they cannot avoid the consequences of their own actions, but they will shout themselves horse trying to convince themselves otherwise. In a way it is a perfect demonstration of evil madness to try and deny physical realities in such a way. The thousands of words hurled by the protesters will only be added noise to these abortion supporters.
What caused these abortion supporters the most fear? It is the mandatory waiting period, and ultrasound machine testing. Why? Because in the quiet of a doctor’s office, with the noise of the world isolated from the room, the reality of natural law confronting hardened hearts wins over far more souls than continue to deny there is a new life in their womb. Abortionists loathe the requirement any person listen to the heart beating while they see the face of their child before they kill it.
The sound of natural law runs naturally in the heart of the unborn child, and speaks with a clarity to unsettled souls like no other sound on earth. Oh how I wish we could mandate put the father in the room as well! Maybe the natural music could save three souls at a time, and help make a proper family.
So the next time you find yourself lost in a sea of manmade noise, find a place where you can slow down and hear the pulse of life. Let the pulse remind you of your place in the cosmos as a child called to God. Then follow the call of this music to build his kingdom in word and deed. Then maybe it will be easier to get a smile out of Christ the Judge when the time comes to meet him.
This year was one of great sacrifice as we worked to bring John Paul into the world. Sacrifice came in many forms. Carrie labored daily fighting nausea which would bring me to tears, the children contributed to running the house more than ever, people took time to pray for us around the country, friends and family also dropped all to come and help in moments of need. The work continues today as my wife recovers and the family adjusts. We could not be more grateful for the sacrifice of others and health of John Paul.
John Paul continues to be our miracle of a baby. He smiles and brings out the best in all of us. He truly is a gift from heaven teaching us to live out agape love without restraint. As a reward our hearts filled with more love from heaven than we could have ever imagined in our materialistic world.
We’ll pray your year wraps up well, and the next one brings you the spiritual direction needed to walk towards Christ with more strength than ever before.