the greatest story that ever was

I wrote this entire post yesterday and then cyberspace stole it. It took me awhile to cool off and find time to try it again (because I had a 15 minute window between work and work), but if Vince is right - this should be better anyway. This morning I woke up remembering. My mind was heavy with it and I didn't want to shake free. A deep sadness chased after rose-petaled joy in the wide expanse of slight slumber and I soaked it all in with my head smooshed to the pillow. Remembering.

I know the words to a beautiful tale of trial and tragedy and triumph. I know the beginning and ending of the greatest story that ever was. I carry around the chapters in thought bubbles above my head and feel them in the work of my hands. It's a living kind of story that is both finished and in process. It's the kind of story that everyone wants to believe is true, but only some have eyes to see.

It's a story where we are the characters and we live the plot.

This story is the Gospel. God's plan for humankind to live as we were designed - for worship.

The Gospel is the greatest story that ever was, penned by the Creator with great care - from the moment the first light broke into the furthest reaches of black void.

In the beginning, God. Forever before and forever after this little blip called human existence, God lives - Perfect, Holy, and Blameless. Our failure to reflect Him (in His perfection) required a hero - a Perfect Savior who would stand in our place to take on everything imperfect, unholy, and blame-filled. Christ is that Savior. 

And today my heart is heavy with the weight of this story - to receive it with joy and to tell it with abandon; to preach it with my feet and to sing it with laughter. This is the story of deliverance from death to life, from lost to found.

This is the story that changes everything. And so deep sadness plays with great joy in my soul as I turn over this blessing in my sleepy mind. This is the story that changes everything.

What have I imagined to be more important than this story? What have I elevated to get more fame than this true tale? What has taken my gaze from the One who redeemed me from the pit and restored my soul?

Today, the act opens on the greatest story that ever was and sets the stage for the greatest party that ever was

let LOVE fly like cRaZy

what scene are you making tonight? we are bound to make a scene - like fools in love.

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