Without Shame

And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed. – Genesis 2:25


Lifebuoy adOne of my favourite radio programs is the CBC’s “Under The influence” (formerly “The Age of Persuasion”) hosted by Terry O’Reilly .  O’Reilly gives both an exposition of the tricks of the trade in the world of advertising and an exposition of human gullibility.  More often than not I am stunned at how we are subtly (and not so subtly) shaped by commercial means.  One of the shows that recently caught my attention was an episode entitled “Shame: The Secret Tool of Marketing.”  He says,

“The strategy of “shame” is one of the most powerful marketing tools in modern times. Fear of being judged by our peers has led to billions of dollars of products being sold.  Social embarrassment isn’t just a mix of humiliation, mortification and distress, it’s also a heady cocktail of marketing, strategy and product solutions. And the marketing industry has a vested interest in keeping shame alive and well.”

listerine ad %22how's you breath today-%22For example O’Reilly traces is the use of deodorant.  Before the 20th century deodorant wasn’t something used by your average person.  Through the use of advertising the suggestion was planted that people around you are judging you based on your smell.  Almost overnight people began to buy deodorant because body smell was something to be ashamed of.  Or how about mouth wash.  Listerine was originally used as a floor cleanser but it was discovered that it could kill oral germs.  The only problem was that no one was worried about bad breath.  Listerine created advertising about the problem of “halitosis” and a new market for mouth wash was created.  Before 1960 people didn’t worry about dandruff, but advertising taught us that it is something to be ashamed of and Head Shoulders was there to solve our “problems.”  It took Wisk almost 10 years to convince us that “ring around the collar” was an embarrassment, but they got there.  The list goes on.

What is most shameful appears to be the ease in which we sink into and hold onto shame.

At the end of Genesis 2, the end of the narrative of scripture which is traditionally labeled as “Creation” (a good and perfect creation) the statement is made that “the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25) At the pinnacle of beauty, relationship and order this incredible statement describes a world without shame.  We then read in the next chapter that when humanity felt the need to be all knowing, to be like God, the first consequence was…shame – “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. (Genesis 3:7)

And so began life with shame.  But it is not something to accept.  Salmon Rushdie once wrote, “Shame is like everything else; live with it for long enough and it becomes part of the furniture.” (“Shame”)  We accept so many of the lies culture tells us, everything from believing that our children will grow up undeveloped if we don’t put them in umpteen activities to the belief that your front lawn isn’t good enough if it sprouting dandelions or that being sweet 16 and never kissed as being a bad thing (and we’re not talking about mom and dad’s loving pecks on the cheek).   These lies are based in the shame of not being good enough.  So many of us have learned to live with shame and it is to the detriment of the goodness of creation and the glory of God.

0609forgiveness2The apostle Paul writes to the Philippian church, “For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. (Philippians 3:18-21)

Without getting into a full exposition of this passage, the line that jumps out for me is the comment of “their god is their belly and their glory is in their shame.”  Where do we find our glory?  Are we content to bow to shame?  Too often we seem to settle into the very things we have been sold as worthwhile and important.  We wake up in the morning more worried about body odor, bad breath and grey hair than enjoying the fruit of the creation and the freedom to walk with God…as he made us, beautiful, original, and in his image.  Our lives and our identities are not defined by shame and the judgment of others but by a generous God who is constantly transforming us by his spirit.  If we understand heaven correctly as not just a place of clouds and harps, but a restored creational order, then we live the future in the present, we strive for more of heaven on earth, we work towards “the man and his wife [being] both naked, and…not ashamed.”


The Pharisee Plan


In today’s sermon we talked about the concept called missio Dei (the Mission of God). We see God on the move through the Bible.  This comes into clearest focus in Jesus of Nazareth.  John tells us his gospel in the opening of his gospel tells us, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  The Message paraphrase puts it in vivid terms, “The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood.”  John uses Word to communicate the radical reality that the Word is Jesus and the Word came to earth and showed us who God is.  It is profound. The eternal God, beyond space and time is embodied in a local setting.

One of those ways Jesus goes to people in their places was simply eating with people.  The gospel of Luke really picks up on this theme showing Jesus who eats with outsiders, outcasts, sick people, sinner and tax collectors.  He talked about the Kingdom of God, it was enacted by stories and healings.  The central message of Jesus: the Kingdom of God/heaven is here (at hand), the reign of God has begun.

Jesus got resistance to this when he moved in the neighborhood. He went to people where they were and as they were.  Not everyone appreciated this.  Often the disciples didn’t get it.  You see, the disciples had grown up under the influence of Pharisaic Judaism. I was reminded recently in a book on the reality the church is facing called Present Future about the Pharisee’s evangelism strategy. Author Reggie McNeal puts it this way:

Their approach to God was “come and get it!”  In addition, they had tweaked God’s message to moralism; “You people ‘out there’ need to straighten up!”  The Pharisees had developed a very insular culture.  They did business as much as possible only with other Pharisees (lest they become contaminated). When they traveled they stayed with other Pharisees.  They lived in the Pharisee bubble .They had little Pharisee insignias on their burro bumper and they listened only to Pharisee radio stations.  The message that they sent to those outside the bubble was: “Become like us—dress like us, act like us, think like us, like what we like and don’t like what we don’t like.”  Resistance is futile. If you become like us (jump through our cultural hoops and adopt ours) we will consider you for club membership.  Does any of this sound familiar?”

Jesus who is God on the move, God’s mission in action called a people to be on the move with him.  Instead of come to us—come and get it, the message is go out there and get them.  Instead of withdrawing for fear of contamination Jesus moves into the neighborhood and eats with sinners.  This was horrifying to the Pharisees.  Instead telling people to clean their act up, Jesus makes people clean with forgiveness and healing. The Kingdom is here.

Circling The Wagons

If you surrender to the fear of uncertainty, life can become a set of insurance policies.  Your short time on this earth becomes small and self-protective, a kind of circling of the wagons around what you can be sure of and what you think you can control—even God.  It provides you with the illusion that you are in the driver’s seat, navigating on safe small roads, and usually in a single, predetermined direction that can take you only where you have already been.                                     

+Richard Rohr The Naked Now

*The following comes from my sermon “Joining God’s Mission” from May 5, 2013

Jesus who is God on the move, God’s mission in action called a people to be on the move with him.  Instead of come to us—come and get it, the message is go out there and get them.   In the same way Jesus tells the fear filled disciples of his; “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  Being sent means we are called to be on the move along with God.  This doesn’t come easy for most churches.

A friend of mine who grew up in the CRC said a while back, “Nobody circles the wagons like the CRC.”  I’ve heard this phrase used before. It is both a familiar and foreign idiom at the same time. If you see a picture of circled wagons, it immediately clicks. At least it did for me.


The concept refers to a group becoming cohesive and united against outsiders. It often involves presenting a united front against adversity. The phrase is derived from a practice of the early pioneers of the Western U.S. The pioneers traveled from the East in covered wagons, packed with all their belongings, and pulled by oxen or horses. They formed a caravan and traveled in small groups in a long line. At night, when they stopped to rest, the pioneers would draw up the wagons in a circle. Inside the circle was a fire, companionship, and safety. Outside the circle were wild animals, unfriendly strangers, and the unknown enemy.

This circle the wagons picture is a mixed/loaded metaphor.  It could represent a local church and the wagons being the families.  The wagons could also be depicted as some of the Christian places we work and go to school. The metaphor could represent a classis (like the insular one I came from before this). It could represent the denomination and either churches or other agencies.  A metaphor is never perfect.  With that said, my intent is not to criticize the wagons (however they be interpreted), but the general posture of staying put in the circle.

Imagine if these wagons stay put in the desert.  What would happen?  They would exhaust their resources and die.  Take a good look at this picture.  It is the default of the CRC.  God is certainly at work inside the wagons and within the circle.  But there is a lot on the frontier beyond. Is God on the move there?  This circle the wagon approach worked in the 20thcentury.  So many ask and often what is wrong with church today??  Many lament the days of when the church was full of people. What is wrong with us?  What is wrong with the world?

In the past there were three reasons the church grew this way.  One people were having a lot of babies.  This still happens, but not as many as that era known as the “baby boom.” Unless God does an Abraham and Sarah for a good number of elderly in our congregations.  The second reason was that people were loyal to institutions (most to all including church).  They were loyal and stuck with institutions through thick and thin.  Those days are gone.  Third, there was a day when the rhythms and demands on people lives were much less than they are today.  They had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time volunteering in church. These days also gone.

Can we change the conversation now?  Instead of asking what has gone wrong?  Can we please start asking “How is God on the move?  How is the Holy Spirit falling on us? How is the Spirit breaking boundaries (again) and taking us to the turf of other people?”

God is on the Move. Are We?

“The Biblical God is by nature a sending God, a missionary God. The Father sends the Son; the Son sends the Spirit and his disciples into the world. Therefore the whole church is in mission; every Christian is in mission. God never calls you in to bless you without also sending you out to be a blessing… So a Christian is not a spiritual consumer, coming to get his or her emotional needs met and then going home. A missional church, then is one that trains and equips its people to be in mission as individuals and as a body.”

+Tim Keller Center Church 


God in the story of scripture is never an absent God who stays away.  God is not a passive God who sits back and lets the world destroy itself.  This God who so loves the world is actively present. God enters into the mess and darkness of the world to bring new life.  God is on the move. That might be a phrase worth noting as you read the Bible.  It might be a hidden reality worth remember in your daily life. God is on the move.  That is missio Dei, the mission of God.

We see God on the move through the Bible.  This comes into clearest focus in Jesus of Nazareth.  John tells us his gospel in the opening of his gospel tells us, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  The Message paraphrase puts it in vivid terms, “The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood.”  John uses Word to communicate the radical reality that the Word is Jesus and the Word came to earth and showed us who God is.  It is profound. The eternal God, beyond space and time is embodied in a local setting.

God is on the move. In this case he doesn’t show up in some big booming take up the entire kind of sky way. God doesn’t wait to show up in this way to the days of CNN, smartphones and Twitter so literally the whole world would know that very day—God is on the move. In many ways it is a less than ideal way, time, and plan.  God comes in a very particular way to a particular people at a particular time in history.  He moved into the neighborhood of Galilee and demonstrates there who God is.

God sent himself.  He is his own missionary.  This is how God is on the move when Jesus shows up on the scene.  When we read the New Testament we see that almost all of the stories occurred in the neighborhood.  Jesus came where people lived in their daily, ordinary stuff Jesus didn’t preach to stadiums like Billy Graham. His work and words weren’t captured and put on YouTube.  Jesus didn’t wait for the ideal religious time or setting and then ask people to come to him.  He went to them.

One of those ways Jesus goes to people in their places was simply eating with people.  The gospel of Luke really picks up on this theme showing Jesus who eats with outsiders, outcasts, sick people, sinner and tax collectors.  He talked about the Kingdom of God, it was enacted by stories and healings.  The central message of Jesus: the Kingdom of God/heaven is here (at hand), the reign of God has begun.

What Jesus is saying is that the long awaited (promised) time is here now—God has return to save his world.  The kingdom is here. God’s world has broken into our world.  The climax of this mission comes at the cross.  Three days later when Jesus God defeats the powers of sin and death once and for all.  The cross a public symbol of shame and defeat in the first century are made into an instrument that overcomes the powers of darkness.  The missionary God bursts out of the grave and moves, victorious into the world.  The world will never be the same.

This is the mission of God (Missio Dei) in a concise terms.   But this Missio Dei conversation doesn’t end there.  God isn’t on the move by himself.  To be a disciple of Jesus means that we are also on the move!  Disciples follow Jesus. And where does Jesus lead us?  Into the world to join with God in the mission—that is where.    

We see this very clearly in John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  Our World Belongs to God 41 captures this well” Joining the mission of God the church is sent with the gospel of the Kingdom…the Spirit calls all member to embrace God’s mission in their neighborhood.”  There is a saying that is helpful “It is not that the church has a mission.  It is that God’s mission has a church” God is on a mission, God is on the move the question is are we moving with him?  Are we cooperating with his Spirit’s work?  The mission is more than a program, committee or wing of the church.  It is more than the work of trained professionals.  It is not just another item on our to do list. It is at the heart of who we are.

At some point most of us learned the saying “here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and here is the people.”  We tend to think of church as a place, the building we go to. We’ve all been taught that the #1 definition of “church” is a people.  Still we tend to think of church as a building, a place we go, a think we do especially on Sunday morning as in “I went to church this morning.”  The quote on our bulletin is a reminder that our consumer culture encourages us to view church as a place that meets our needs. If this is the case then the church becomes a vendor of spiritual goods and services.

If you are happy with your service you’ll continue to do business, if not you can always switch in the same way you can with cable/internet/phone services. In this scenario church pours its energy and resources into customer service and marketing—keeping customers happy and trying to get new ones.  Basically the church as a country club—you pay your dues and you get the perks that you signed up for.

The question, “How do we grow this church?” is answered by the church trying to sell membership packages (institutional wrappings: membership, fellowship and member benefits).  Much of the work and finding from Barna over the last decade show a North American culture is not buying what the things we are selling.

Here is the latest: http://www.barna.org/culture-articles/613-how-post-christian-is-us-society

In a post-Christian culture stock in the institutional church is down.  From a very practical sense, people are not just going to show up to our church.  And besides that is not how God wants it to be in the first place.  That is not joining God in mission

Good Intentions

dog dynamiteOn Monday evenings at BREW (where a group of young adults brew over a brew) we often get into interesting discussions about faith matters.  Our recent discussion of the question of “What’s more morally important: the actual consequences of one’s actions or the intentions with which one acts?” kept us going for quite some time.  As different examples were raised it was clear that people had some strong feelings on the subject (can we get some air in here). 

G.K. Chesterton in an article entitled “Eugenics and Other Evils” outlined a number of categories of people who lent their support to the eugenics movement of his day (bio-social movement which advocates practices to improve the genetic composition of a population[i]).  One of the categories he used was that of the Endeavourer.  Chesterton said that the Endeavourer was the poorest and weakest of supporters of the eugenics movement because they claim that they’re making “an honest attempt to deal with a great evil: as if one had a right to dragoon and enslave one’s fellow citizens as a kind of chemical experiment.”  Chesterton goes on to say, ““It is enough to say here that the best thing the honest Endeavourer could do would be to make an honest attempt to know what he is doing. And not to do anything else until he has found out.”[ii]

Chesterton’s comment is important to those who believe that good intentions somehow make actions taken ok.  They endeavour to do what they think is right, but have often not thought through how their actions might be experimental and lack humility.  Yes God’s grace and forgiveness is good and the Biblical narrative is one of story after story where God uses crooked nails to build his house.  But grace and forgiveness are not a license for ignorance.

In talking about the cost of discipleship, Jesus says in Luke 14 that:27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’”

editorial-cartoon-300x200Can we not agree that history is littered with story after story of ridicule because people of Christian faith did not count the cost?  It can be argued that many people build and build and build (and if we take the example discussed at BREW of international development into account, building could be both a literal and metaphorical comment) without taking into account how choices and actions made in the short term with good intentions are actually attempts at justifying a place before God and are nothing but cheap offerings that are neither our finest or our best (Genesis 4 and the Cain and Abel narrative is appropriate reading).

This is not to say that we should be inert and do nothing until we are all-knowing…that clearly stands in opposition to scripture.  But we do need to say that “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (Proverbs 14:7) What was clear (at least to me) from our discussion at BREW was that it is important that we be a people who live intentionally, but recognize that our intentions can be and often are flawed and therefore should be considered suspect (even as we dialogue).  When we count the cost of being a disciple of Jesus, it includes living in a way that ‘Endeavours’ to dig deeper than the surface of good intentions.

[i] wikipedia

[ii] “Eugenics and Other Evils” by G. K. Chesterton – Chapter 2

The Truth

Unzip_the_Truth_by_ChubbaART (1)Last week The Anxious Bench had a discussion about the importance of “truth.”  One of us made a comment on how elders and deacons in church can often be heard saying “We have to preach the TRUTH” or “we have to teach TRUTH in our Sunday School.” (the capitals emphasizing the tone of such statements) It’s usually followed up with some comment about how we have to stick to “The Bible.”  You’d be hard pressed to find any Christian pastor that would disagree with such a statement.  So it begs the question…why do people feel the need to make such a statement?

It’s usually because people feel that their understanding of “the truth” is threatened. People of faith put their trust in sacred texts.  For Christians that text is the Bible.  The Bible then becomes the shaping force in the Christian life.  But the text is not static.  The text is supposed to lead us to a living relationship with God, not a static picture of God that we can cling to.  If the truth we’re talking about is only a picture of God vs a relationship with God then we fail to recognize the truth.

A good example might be found in a trip to the restaurant.  You sit down and the waiter hands you a menu.  The menu is filled with pictures of the various options for order.  You see something that you really like and when the waiter comes you point to the picture and say “I’d like to have this.”  But you really don’t want “this” which is the picture in the menu, you want what the picture represents.  People in search of Biblical truth can often go in the wrong direction when the truth they’re talking about is nothing but a series of cut out pictures that fall short of what they represent.  We must read the Bible, our sacred text, with a sense of humility and even a willingness to make room for interpretative differences while trusting God’s spirit with integrity in order to live into the truth.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a profound essay called “What Does It Mean to Tell the Truth?” while in Tegel prison in his final year of life.  He was dealing with telling the truth with respect to ethical standards which is a different but related topic.  But something he says rings true for the conversation about Biblical TRUTH.  He writes:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer“It is only the cynic who claims “to speak the truth” at all times and in all places to all men in the same way, but who, in fact, displays nothing but a lifeless image of the truth. … He dons the halo of the fanatical devotee of truth who can make no allowance for human weaknesses; but, in fact, he is destroying the living truth between men. He wounds shame, desecrates mystery, breaks confidence, betrays the community in which he lives, and laughs arrogantly at the devastation he has wrought and at the human weakness which “cannot bear the truth.”

The type of person Bonhoeffer is typically talking about is someone who is critical of sacred texts.  But unfortunately most of these words could also be used for many people (Christians included) who guard the TRUTH of their sacred texts in a hard, cold and static fashion with no room for the mystery of God himself.

There’s a lot to consider in Jesus words to his disciples in John 14 after telling them not to be afraid.  He says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  In doing so he defines himself as the truth.  The challenge of Christian truth is to live with a reality of Jesus who is not contained to the pages of the Bible, but is alive and at work. a-good-man-is-hard-to-find1 To hold on to the TRUTH means that we need to be ready to expect the unexpected.  As the misfit in Flannery O’Connor’s novel “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” says so well,

“Jesus was the only one that ever raised the dead and he shouldn’t have done it.  He has shown everything off balance.”

Or maybe we need to come to grip with the fact that Jack Nicholson’s character Colonel Jessep’s in the movie “A Few Good Men” might be right in declaring,

jackYou can’t handle the truth!”

Because far too often…we can’t.

The Study of God is an Abstract Art


“Guernica” – Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso is one of the best known artists of the 20th century.  He is largely credited for being one of the founders of cubism.  “In Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.”[i]  But this is not how Picasso started painting.  I’m sure that he began by drawing stick figures, much like most children, and as his skills progressed he eventually developed the abilities to produce highly realistic and representational works of art.  And as he continued to develop his skills and explore the boundaries of art and what it meant to express the depth of a subject matter, his painting style changed and his abstract work is a part of that exploration.

People seem to either love or hate Picasso’s cubist work.  There’s a story floating out there, I’m not sure if it’s true, that captures people’s reaction to Picasso’s abstract work.  “A wealthy man commissioned Pablo Picasso to paint a portrait of his wife. Startled by the non-representational image on the final canvas, the woman’s husband complained, “It isn’t how she really looks.” When asked by the painter how she really looked, the man produced a photograph from his wallet. Returning the photography Pablo observed, “Small, isn’t she?”[ii]

Picasso’s comment illustrates that no work of art or photograph for that matter can ever really capture the essence of reality.  So the question we might ask is this?  If it is so hard for any of us to capture or express reality, can we truly express or fully comprehend who God is?  And if we’re exploring the boundaries of the world we live in, trying to understand it and/or God, will any of our discoveries or new insights be truly representational?

What if our understanding of God needs to grow in abstraction?

"Life with God" Anneke Kaai

“Life With God” – Anneke Kaai

Some Christians gravitate to a quasi-scientific approach to understanding the Bible, parsing out each word in an attempt to prove the validity of God to those around them.  Others simply gravitate to a relative approach to Bible and treat the words as truth to live by if you so choose, often as only one of the buffet items in the religious smorgasbord.  When we approach our understanding of God in a scientific way, we will always come up short.  Even the sacred text of the Bible begins by telling us that the one tree that humanity may not eat from is the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Trying to pin down an understanding of God in a scientific way is like trying to collect butterflies and pin them to a board.  It may help you understand the distinctions between each butterfly but you remove the life and beauty.  And when we approach our understanding of God in a purely relative manner, we put ourselves at the centre of the universe as though any sort of truth is defined only by our choice to believe it.  Making truth relative is to fall into the trap of the old story that says people who follow religions are all blind people feeling different parts of an elephant and describing the elephant from the part they’re holding.  Except to describe God in this way assumes that you are the only one who isn’t blind and have the ability to see what everyone else doesn’t (rather arrogant and condescending).

But to understand God in abstraction is to acknowledge a definite truth but admit that our understanding of the truth is limited and can best be expressed by trying to get at the core colours, shapes and lines of what we believe.  Abstraction is different from relativism in that it isn’t saying that I define what is true, but it is saying that there is something deeper to be understood than just what I can see and know.

When the gospel writer Mark tells us that Jesus said, I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”[iii]  It isn’t that he’s telling us that our faith must become ignorant and blind.  It could be argued that he’s telling us to become abstract.  Let us return to the journey of the artist.  Sometimes we hear people comment on abstract art saying things like, “My kid could paint that.” But anyone who has studied art or spent time with a trained artist will understand the idiocy of such a statement.  But there is a similarity between children’s art and abstract art.  A child expresses what they see and know and it is often filled with colour, shapes and lines.  Children’s art is beautiful because through their expression we see the world in a very simple yet profoundly complex manner.  This is true of abstract art as well, but there is an underlying journey underneath this art that adds to the complexity.  The abstract artist has honed their skills, learned to shade and draw or paint landscapes or portraits with the greatest of detail.  But as the abstract artist has learned to reproduce things in the greatest of detail, the desire to capture the essence of what they’re producing causes them to look deeper into the images and thoughts of the world(s) we live in.  It leads them to produce lines, shapes and colour which appear to not contain the detail but in truth expresses the deeper detail of our world in so far as we can know it.

"Baptized and Beloved" Jan Rihcradson

“Baptized and Beloved”
Jan Richardson

Our journey with God must be similar if we adhere to Jesus teaching.  We begin our lives believing in simple truths (Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to him belong, they are weak but he is strong).  But as we grow the world becomes complex and the questions grow.  To be faithful is not to ignore the complexity or the questions but rather to grapple and grow with them.  But the journey of exploration should not lead us to perfect representations of God in our lives that we can hang on our walls as though we can contain His truth.  The journey should lead us to abstraction whereby the beauty and simplicity of colour, lines and shapes (Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to him belong, they are weak but he is strong) make us want to look deeper each time to see something more.

[ii] Found all over blogosphere

[iii] Mark 10:15