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Christ.

That’s all.

I’m trying to trust that. To know that Jesus is all I have or ever will need.

It’s hard, but I think it’s true, not just because it is poetic or bold or crazy or something to stand on, but because everything I think about the world, in the end, hinges on this.

I am tempted here to say “But,” but there can be no buts. So instead I will say “And,” though all our ands are secondary.

And apart from the grace and way of the rabbi before me, and the Holy Spirit within me, and the Father lovingly casting spotlights from above me, I need nothing. There are only things I want but do not deserve.

And what I want also are things you might be able to help me with.

So if you want to help as I go away to a land of storied rivers, you can do a number of things.

1. You can pray for me, for my family and friends and church back in the U.S., for the people I work with, the guys I live with, the refugees I serve, the combatants and peacekeepers in Syria. You can pray that the war in Syria would end tomorrow, and if you don’t dare ask for tomorrow, simply ask for soon.

2. You can read the things I write by liking the blog on facebook.

3. You can stay in the loop of my prayer requests by asking to be on my email list.

4. You can pressure the United States government to do what it ought — and what it committed to do — to aid refugees and more seriously seek an end to the war in Syria.

5. You can give money to people and groups that are trying to help where there is a lot of hurt.


At reality’s bottom, none of these things save a person. Likes, policy, intentions, money, even prayer do no save.

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

That doesn’t make them not good. In fact, likes, policy, intentions, money, and prayer can do a great deal of good. They are not required for the universe, but they are required for humanity.

The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

From the human perspective in light of eternity, such tangible, digital, socio-political projects are necessary but not sufficient. Only God is sufficient.

So as it began, it also ends. With the all-sufficient one. Who is all we need.

Christ.

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