A Hug and A Smile

Last night, I had a dream about my dad. He died seven and a half years ago from cancer. I don’t dream often about him but when I do I am either totally surprised to see him in my dream and ask him “What are you doing here?” or I hug him in a tearful embrace. This time though, something ended up being different. In my dream, when I saw him, I raised my arm up silently as if to say “What’s up?”  and he asked me “How are you doing?”  I then walked up to him and we hugged. The difference this time was, instead of being tearful and anxious when we hugged, I was calm and full of joy. The hug we shared was in complete love and calm and peace. It was the most wonderful embrace I could imagine. Because of it, I woke up with a smile and a special memory I won’t soon forget.

I believe that the hug I shared with my dad in a dream this morning is a foreshadowing of the embrace we will get from Christ when we meet him face to face. An embrace of total love and calm  and peace. Maybe he will even ask me “How are you doing?”  If he does, I bet I will say, “I’m good”. . . with a smile!

See you on the third floor!

Real Life Superheroes

Last night, I stumbled across a documentary on Netflix titled “Superheroes”. It is about people in real life who have taken on super hero personas and are trying to make a difference in their communities. At first, the people highlighted in the documentary seemed a bit off and I guess you could say strange. But, a surprising twist happened in the documentary at 1:06:55. The documentary highlighted how the superheroes were serving the community through toy drives and visiting the homeless on the streets and giving them supplies. This was happening in places like Orlando, New York and San Diego. Below is the link to the documentary on Youtube. Go to the 1:06:55 mark.

What these men and women are doing, whether they know it or not, is showing the love of  Christ to others in their communities.

The character Thanatos said two statements that stood out to me.

People have to be shown that people care.

There’s always been heroes. Just lately is seems there hasn’t been any and the world needs them.

Thanatos is right. As Christians, we have to show people Christ’s love and our faith through our actions and commitment. We have to show them that we know the ultimate super hero. The only super hero the world needs.

His name is Jesus.

See you on the third floor!

Days of Future Hope

proessor-x-talkingI saw the movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” last night with my two sons. At one point in the movie, Professor Xavier’s past and future selves are talking to each other. His future self tell his past self that the greatest gift is hope. I immediately thought of the following passage from Romans 5:1-2

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 

Through faith in Christ, all people have access to the  “hope of the glory of God”. A hope that will not fail or fade or leave. A hope and promise that no matter what our circumstances Christ is enough. With hope in Christ, we can persevere through all trials and sufferings. What a wonderful, unbreakable promise.

On the flip side, we are continually being made false promises to put our hopes in worldly things that will ultimately fail us. Things like relationships, health, jobs, sex and money. Things that will fade or break or disappoint. Worldly things offer hope but it is a false hope.

Professor X is right. The greatest gift is hope. The hope of God through faith in Christ – past, present and future!

See you on the third floor!