When my oldest son was about 4, he loved Angry Birds. I mean, loved. If we didn’t set a timeframe, he would lose himself in the world of those little wrecking ball-shaped feathered friends and never return. So my wife and I did just that – set a timeframe. It became our standard procedure for letting him play the game: he’d ask, if we said yes, he’d get to play the game with a timer set. When the timer went off, the expectation was that he wouldn’t whine, complain, or throw a fit; he was to not only hand the phone back, but say “thank you” with a smile. Continue reading Just Say Thank You
“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
This is what you would normally hear at a traditional Ash Wednesday service, accompanied by a cross of ashes smeared on your forehead. For thousands of years Christians have begun the season of Lent in this way, a somber reminder that humans have sinned, and with sin comes death.
At Sandals Church, there is no formal service for Ash Wednesday, and it’s by no means a requirement to observe it. Rather, we are free to do so if we choose. We can use this freedom to both give context to and focus on repentance and also give context to and focus on the very real hope we have in Christ and the promise of new life.
In light of this, I’ve curated a short playlist to help us to think on these things. To feel these things. Life is short and we are limited in our humanity. From dust we came and to dust we will return, and yet we hope in eternal life found in Jesus’ resurrection.
As people, we’re a mixture of many things, most of them seemingly at odds with one another. We’re happy for our engaged friend, but sad that we’re single. We’re hurting for our friends’ struggle, but can see the hope that it can change. We’re excited to see our kids grow up and learn to do more, but miss the way they used to need us.