Birthday Reflections: 77 is a Very Good Number or Killing A** Holes Would Make Jesus Cry

Over all it’s been a reasonably productive, though challenging year. The challenge of moving has been a bit of a bummer, but the advantage of it being such a drawn out, tiring process is it has helped us become eager to get moved, instead of just needing to move.

Also, my faith has been stretched by the process and that’s a good thing. I realized recently that what I used to think were tests of faith (which I usually failed!) are instead a stretching of our faith as part of the journey. Hopefully, each time we are stretched, we make it a little longer before we have to pray, “I do believe. Help thee my unbelief.”

I hit a couple of areas where I realized that I would have to change or I was going to totally fail in some of the most important areas of my life. And then I discovered that accepting that I need to change is the hard part, once I want to change, the grace comes.

Realized also, that out of fear of alienating people I love, I often downplay how important Jesus is in my life. So much bad stuff has been done in his name and his role warped into a fear of hell thing rather than a love that frees us, that it is hard to find words that aren’t a turn off to describe what an amazing human being he is, how powerful his resurrection can be in our own lives, and that he is literally still here for us.

One of my grandchildren was laughingly telling me about a teen girl who got into a loud argument with someone at school and shouted, “You better be glad that I love Jesus, cause I’d wipe the floor with you if I didn’t.”

It was a funny coincidence her telling me that, because on the drive to spend the day with her I had been thinking that if I hadn’t experienced knowing Jesus and his love, I doubt if I would have made it to fifty, never-the-less seventy-seven. And as weak, difficult, and selfish as I still often am, I would be a whole lot worse.

One of my favorite things I’ve read on facebook lately was a woman’s response to a friend telling about her child being made fun of at preschool because he thought the other children were cruel to cut up worms. Her response was: “Tell him that there are a lot of A** Holes in the world. And the best thing to do is ignore them, because killing them is illegal and also it would make Jesus cry.”

And I think it would. And I am glad of that, because let’s face it, there’s some A** Hole in all of us.

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About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of eleven, great-grandmother of seven, 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator; Presently part time Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for Architect husband of fifty-seven years. Blog: Laughter: Carbonated Grace

Posted on July 9, 2014, in B4Peace, evolving, Forgiveness, Gifts of Age, Mental Health, Parenting, Prayer, relationships, Resurrection, Spiritual, Suffering, Teaching/Learning Experiences and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Myra Berghane

    Good thoughts. Hope your birthday is the best yet – or at least no the worst!

    Love and prayers to you.

  2. Love it. And I’m glad you’re open with your faith. Makes for some wonderful conversations, always.

  3. Reblogged this on Laughter: Carbonated Grace and commented:

    Well 78 is an even better number and I still agree that killing A**Holes would make Jesus cry.

  4. Happy birthday Eileen! Being alive is reason to hope. May love and laughter and grace trip you at every turn.

    Interesting food for thought: out of fear of alienating people I love, I often downplay how important Jesus is in my life ….
    As you point out, if there’s any good in us people want to emulate, it’s because of him. He’s the secret we can’t afford to not share. May we find words words that aren’t a turn off to describe him. 🙂

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