And there was a man that knew Jesus. And Jesus loved him back.
The man lived a full life.
Four children, two wives that both loved him. 5 brothers and sisters that loved him to death. A great Mom and Dad who loved him during life and after their death. In-laws that adored and welcomed him from both marriages. Professional achievements galore and a string of degrees. Civic thank you awards and the rank of Preacher in his church. A deep and abundant love and understanding of nature and over 2,500 miles of wilderness hiking and a professional competitive Skiing belt and coaching honors to his name.
This man walked into rooms and was adored. If he brought his children or wife, he was double adored.
But why we ask, but why did he suffer under the knife of reality and society?
I tell you simple it was his job.
Jurisprudence is an evil wench of a love.
The man was afflicted
Whether we like or not, that is how it works. Men and women who are such guardrails of sanity are afflicted. This man was punished with the gift of empathy. He could feel another man's pain across a crowded room or across town. And he did.
Can you imagine truly feeling another's pain? Fill a room with pain and simply multiply the condition. Oh yes some ignore or reject such a notion. Good for them. Jesus showed us such a concept in the feeding of the multitudes and the unclean woman who merely touched his garment. There are people who really "feel you". This man had such and affliction. He was incapable of responding to all the cries that he felt, for he was just a man. But sleep and peace do not come easy to such a man. You are a part of that man. And that man is a part of you.
Some people are so lucky that they can choose their God. Others do not chose but are chosen.
This man is in you.
If we were to turn this man into a myth and say that his living breathe can be within you. You may accept that. If he were to stand next to you and hold your hand you would feel is reality and love and at least think about who he might be.
If you are an atheist, yet this man held your hand and you could feel his love. You would have love. And you would ask, "what is this love?".
If you saw this man bend to help the wounded and the outcast you would be compelled to do likewise.
If you drank a mint tea with this man in the heat of the day you would ask "how can I be the mint?".
This man is not normal. Oh he does normal things. But he excites abnormal love. He did not ask for his gifts. In fact he has asked God to take them from him so he could find some peace and rest. So that he could do like others and ignore another man's pain.
Oh if only I were a poor man?
I know for a fact this man has sat with Jesus.
Craziness you claim and down right heresy! The man will not tell you what to believe but if you hang out with him, you learn for yourself. He ain't got no agenda or religion. He talks of love and adoration of others, no matter what.
He likes cop shows so he can pray for victims and criminals alike. He tells his wife to pray for the horrible grocer and lousy shopkeeper down the street. He takes his son around the block and pulls weeds in old folks homes along the way.
But he is just a man. He would hurt you by smashing his face into your fist. He would dislocate your shoulder by letting you swing wildly at his chest, and he would hurt your elbow into his ribs. He has no thought of worldly suffering.
I do not tell you the man is numb. I simply tell you that pains that he suffers in his body, are just to insignificant compared to the suffering he feels in others.
And so at some time the man sat down in the dirt and Jesus, sat next to him.
Can you imagine such a man. You would laugh at his proclamation of love. You would scorn him for such high notions. You would castigate him and order him out of your pews. The atheists would ridicule and the church members would reject.
But such things of man cannot change the love in the heart of the man that sat in the dirt with pure love.
And I tell you true, change some of the facts around. Make them more closely to suit you. For this man invited you to sit in the dirt and understand and be with true love. And so you too have sat with the greatest lover of mankind and teacher we have ever known.
Do not enter this space unless you can take it.
Do you think you know true love?
Is it possible this love is already in you and you ignore it most the time?
Peace be upon you. But I challenge you to forego some peace for some victory.
Some say I cannot do this. Some cite rules that prohibit me. Some say it is blasphemy. Others just think it strange.
I forgive all your sins. I do not care how heavy they were. I do not care if others forgive you. And I have no understanding about the consequences of my forgiveness of you.
But I see you, I feel you and I know you. And I forgive you.
Here are some other concepts that you might like to know. If you ask me sincerely for my shirt, it shall be yours. And with my shirt comes my jacket also. For if you have need of them, then I no longer do.
I maybe have not done as bad as things as you. But that bad things I have done are just as bad to me as the bad you have done. And. I forgave myself, so that I could move on and love more fully, more deeply and more effectively.
Join me now, in pledging to forgive all others.