2018-07-18 - The Picture of Christ
He stood next to his wife, with his plaid shorts, short-sleeved shirt, sunshine sombrero, and his bare feet on the sand. She, too, had on similar attire, and her toes in the sand, as the water approached the specially designed love seat with wheels, that did its part in bringing them together at the beach they had missed so very much the last few years. Life in the flesh had thrown them some big curve balls, but he was determined to bring the love of his life to this spot again, along with their kids and granddaughter, for another beautiful memory.
The description is of a photo of my Mom’s first cousin, Bob, and his wife, Cathie, this weekend at a favorite family spot, and whether you know them or not, it is the picture of Christ. They have been together over four decades and have seen many ups and downs. The challenges that now have her needing a wheelchair and him moving more slowly than usual, do not paint the picture of who they are, but only how the later stage of life gets hold of our bodies. If you speak to them for even five minutes, you will quickly discover that when God is in the midst, nothing can touch the soul but Him. They won’t pretend things have been easy, and that some days aren’t tough, yet they hang on to what’s true and each other in every sense of how it matters to the very end. And what a beautiful picture of Christ; one I am honored to share with you.,
Our Lord and Savior took on flesh and conquered the grave, so we might be forever with the Father. When we trust in him and love one another in like manner, we have a hope like no other. What picture do others see when you are with those who you call loved ones? Does it spill off into other places, and into those you meet? Do they see the love of a Savior?
Lord, help me be mindful of what you did for me. Also, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”. (Reinhold Niebuhr)
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 NIV)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.