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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Update and thoughts

Hello, my sweet ladies! I hope you have all found your way to the blog by now and are enjoying your summer thus far where ever it has taken you. I want to first apologize for my absence for the last week. I feel like I have been absent from the world, because I have been out of town and offline. Quick update, I spent last weekend in Memphis, a few days in Kentucky with mom's family after that, then I returned to Dallas on Wednesday night (sorry, I was too tired after 10 hours of driving to make it to the cares event). Thursday I ran a few errands, then went up to Flower Mound to help some dear family friends with their daughters graduation party and be there for graduation. Tonight I finally returned to my bed and I am feeling overwhelmed and worn out as I think about all that I have to do in the next week before I leave my house and the country. I am looking forward to a good night's rest tonight before I start on the ominous duty of packing. Despite the business and traveling that has consumed my life this last week, you, dears, and 1 John have not been far from my mind. I listened to 1 John during part of my drive last week, I read chapter 1, but this is truly the first time that I have had a chance to sit down and write.

I don't really have a lot to say about the first 10 verses of 1 John, except that I love the raw, basic truths that John starts out with. The conviction that he writes with right at the start is like that of someone trying to share with you an experience that they had..."we have heard,...we have seen with our eyes...we have looked at and our hands have touched..." Think of a cool experience you've had and how you try to share that with someone. You tell them what you saw, what you heard, how it made you feel - why? Because you want them to be able to come as close to experiencing the same thing you did. That is what John is setting the stage for here, "so that [we] also may have fellowship with [them]" and with the Father. And then after setting that stage, he goes right to the point "God is light" and all that that means for us. There are so many "if...then" statements in verses 5 through 10, which to me sounds very matter-of-fact and to the point. Kinda like he's saying, "here are the facts, this is the way it is". And he states it in way that you can see it is spoken in love with the attitude of, "you are intended to be a part of this, come share in it". I'm looking forward to digging into more of what John brings to light here. What exciting truth we get share in and children of God!

1 comment:

  1. So true, Elizabeth! 1 John lays out the basics of the faith so well. I've often hear ministers recommend 1 John as the first book of the Bible a new believer should read. I do like how John's tone is one of invitation . . . "come and participate!"