Monday, April 5, 2010

Pray for Julie Brown

Please pray for Julie Brown, a fellow student of mine at Biola, who was in a car accident on Sunday with her brother. Her brother, Kevin, is out of the hospital and doing fine. Reports on Julie are positive, but she has some complications. This is the most recent update from her brother:

"Hey everyone, thanks for all your prayers and support. Julie and I were in a car accident near Gilroy on 101 driving back home for spring break early Sunday morning. Julie had had surgery on her legs and face yesterday, and so far reports are very positive.

Please pray that her breathing may deepen so that she will be able to come off respiratory support.

Also pray AGAINST infection in her legs and face.

MRI results confirmed that she has no brain or nerve damage! Praise the Lord!

I'll be posting updates to Julie's condition here."

You can follow this link, join the group and receive updates:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110471605640313&ref=nf&v=info

Peace,
Robbie

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter morning thoughts...

It is a quiet Easter morning right now. Coffee brewing, boys sleeping. Robbie came home on Thursday and we have truly enjoyed the blessing of each of our boys. How thankful that we are to have a sense of normality to our lives. With normality comes the reality of life though - dealing with those same issues that seem to frame our lives - little things that cause conflict: selfishness, greed, insecurity, fear, doubt...etc. There are things that we are dissatisfied with, long to change, wish would be different. Those things are situations, people, decisions. I work to remind myself daily of the miraculous gifts that have been received - countless miracles. God has done so much for me can I also not trust him in daily "normality" of life?

And then there is Easter. Yesterday I finished reading Luke - the last three chapters which are the events surrounding Jesus' arrest, trial, death and resurrection. Through the last two weeks, my thoughts have continued to dwell on the heart of the Father as he watched those he created, those he loved, those that he is about to save. He watched them murder his own son. How God's heart must have grieved not only as he watched his son suffer but has he watched his creation act with such evil. God's holiness stands in utter contrast to our sinfulness: patient, kind, gentle, merciful, peaceful, forgiving, selfless, humble...

The resurrected Jesus came back. After all that he went through he came back and stood in the midst of creation. He walked with some women on a road that lead to Emmaus. "Jesus himself appeared and stood among them as they spoke and to them, 'peace be with you.'" (24:36) He ate some fish. He opened their minds so that they could understand the Scriptures.  "He told them, 'This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations beginning at Jerusalem.'" (Luke 24:46-47) There is something that blows me away in the simple fact that Jesus came back to the normality of life and gave them some assurance of what had happened (miraculous), what is happening (God's presence), and what will happen. The miraculous presence of God has not left you and will continue to unfold his plan - not just to you but through you.

Luke 24:48-49: "'I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.' When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And the stayed continually at the temple, praising God.'"

Everyone is up now. Jensen made me breakfast! The boys have searched out and found Easter baskets - with ants in the plastic eggs! So for me this morning I pray that God would sustain us to the peace that comes from his presence. That we would trust fully in the reminder of what he has done, what he is doing, and that no matter what tomorrow brings - he is there.

Remembering: Jesus came back!

Tom (daddy)