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So I reading “Blue Like Jazz” and let’s just say this book is smacking me in the face.
“A few years ago, I was listing prayer requests to a friend. As I listed my requests, I mentioned many of my friends and family but never spoke about my personal problems. My friend candidly asked me to reveal my own struggles, but I told him no, that my problems weren’t that bad. My friend answered quickly, in the voice of a confident teacher, ‘Don, you are not above the charity of God.’ In that instant he revealed my motives were not noble, they were prideful. It wasn’t that I cared about my friends more than myself, it was that I believed I was above the grace of God.”
That is so relevant to me. When people ask me what I need prayer for, I either mention a friend or a standard “financial situation” answer. I never share my problems and needs with others outside a circle of 4 or 5.
This is such a good book and I am not even half way.
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I saw this on Twitter, and it really stopped to make me think.
In my anger, I chose to see Casey’s sin, and only her sin. Who I did not choose to see was God. I hungered for justice, yet I also hunger for Grace. I forgot that the only place where both are displayed perfectly is the cross.
We shouldn’t chase Anthony’s blood, we should look towards the blood already spilled on the cross.
Tonight, I’ll say a prayer for the Anthony family.
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