On Our Limits and Our Hope
Are you worn out by the craziness of this last week? Micah J. Murray posted yesterday on the limits of what we can hold when the freight train of tragedies carried on the boxcars of social media bears down on us. There’s only so much we can process, and our emotions can’t contain the misery and anger of the entire world shot at us in 140 character bullets. It’s so terribly easy to become hopeless and overwhelmed. Then at the end of his piece he shares some thoughts from Jonathan Martin. He helps us to remember that there is a God who has loving intentions for the world.
From Micah’s blog (We don’t usually post such an extended portion of the blogs we share, but this seemed necessary):
There’s a line in Blue Like Jazz where Don talks about how something is broken in the world, and we’re supposed to hold our palms against the wound.
This week we saw so clearly the brokenness, the throbbing wound. Sitting in my empty house, I felt powerless to hold my palms against it. It’s too scary, overwhelming, confusing, far away.
In the face of senseless tragedy, I realize again and again that the veil between life and death is fragile and easily torn.
Boston is bleeding. Texas is bleeding. The Middle East is bleeding.
And I only have these two palms.
I was almost going to end there, because I have nothing profound to say and I’d rather be silent than dishonest. But then I read these words from Pastor Jonathan at Renovatus, and I thought I’d share them with you because there is hope and he says it better than I can today:
“These days, I have lost all my naive, youthful optimism about the world; I have no childish delusions about the myth of progress.
And yet I’ve never been so hopeful about the future of the world, because I’ve never been more hopeful about God and His good plans for creation.
In weeks like this one, optimism will get you nowhere. But hard-edged hope in the Restorer of Creation will get you through the night.
The world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons & daughters of God. We have to give the world a glimpse in us of the beautiful plans God has for creation, be a marker for what’s to come.
It’s why we can’t lose heart, even when it’s terribly dark out.”
We had such a great time this weekend at the Faith, Doubt & the Idol of Certainty conference. People came from all over the United States and it was good to get a chance to connect. We’re more convinced than ever that God is up to something beautiful and real. You’ll be hearing more about…
Greg taped this video for the Nomad podcast series called Signs of Hope. He discusses the hope he finds in the death of Christendom, and the rise in the beautiful new, peace-loving, non-violent, Jesus-centered, global movement.
In this clip, Greg identifies a source of much of the conflict we experience in our conversations about politics, or other important topics. He does this by introducing the phrase, “your map is not the territory.” Your brain assembles and interprets the sensations you experience and forms maps of the world based upon those experiences.…
Greg discusses social media. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0093.mp3
We wanted to repost something by Jonathan Martin today that struck a chord with us about the theological emptiness of political boxes. It’s brief and beautifully written and we hope you’ll read the entire article here. For those of you who are weary of the political tug-of-war for your soul, here’s some hope: And so…
The story of one little girl who was killed at Sandy Hook and what became of the family in the aftermath. We live in a world where school shootings are almost becoming commonplace. It’s important to be reminded that even this depth of evil can be overcome with goodness and hope. In memory of all…