Grace and Peace to you.
The criminal crucified with him said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise." —Luke 23.42-43
Jesus, this is all I need to hear: at the center of my ruined world, whispered in the ashen wreckage, this gentle promise, that I, condemned and guilty, afraid and mangled, belong. Not a mere pronouncement, not an achievable goal, but an already gift, a claiming, a receiving. Into your mystery that defeats pain and shame you take me. In my brokenness you bless me. In the certainty of my despair you break me. To your kingdom you give me. When everything had seemed meaningless— O!—my failures mean nothing to you. Here in my abandonment you are present, here in my hell is Paradise, here in the heart of my oblivion I am saved.
O Re-Creator, somehow in your bloodied hands my life is a fine thing, and its wings shine calmly.
I am honored to be a citizen of your kingdom of gentleness. May this ever be my prayer: Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve
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