a tribute to mothers

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Mothers birth us, care for us, teach us, discipline us, and love us, always.

When we’re sick, she stays by our side.
When we fall down, she dusts us off.
When it’s cold outside she reminds us to bring a sweater.
When we wonder “Can I do it?” she cheers us on.
When we accomplish a goal she says, “I’m so proud of you.”
When we go to school for the first time, she acts brave, but we know she’s nervous.
When we bring home a note from the principal she reminds us that she loves us, but there are still consequences to our actions.
When we go on our first date, she paces the room while anxiously watching the clock.
When we head off for college, she reminds us to watch what we eat, and to keep our room clean.
When we choose a mate, she knows that they’re not good enough for us.
When we raise our own family with loving care she knows that she has done her job well.

So, to all the mothers out there we say, “Thank You”. We commend you for your strength and perseverance.

We count on your love.



The strangest thing happened the other night, I was at a bar and a worship service broke out!

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"There is no better loss than to lose myself in You..."

I got the chance to see MuteMath at Slim's in San Francisco on Thursday night. I had heard about their live shows and I have their debut EP so I was familiar with their music. Their live show was absolutely amazing! The energy they put out on stage was just incredible! If you ever get the chance to see them I highly recommend it!
Their music is great and their lyrics are very straightforward and some of the lyrics directly quote scripture. At several points in the evening you could see people with hands upraised singing along in worship right in the middle of this dimly lit bar. It was really an amazing experience.


Imago Dei

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"Imago Dei is taken from the Latin meaning the "Image of God". This concept and theological doctrine states that human beings are created in God'’s image and therefore have inherent value independent of their utility or function. The moral implications of the doctrine of Imago Dei are apparent in the fact that if humans are to love God, then humans must love other humans, as each is an expression of God. The ability and desire to love one's self and others, and therefore, God, can become neglected and even opposed. Striving to bring about the Imago Dei in one's life can be seen as the quest for wholeness, or one's "essential" self, as pointed to in Christ'’s life and teachings."

I was listening to a podcast recently where several moderators and a large crowd were discussing the theological implications of the movie "“Crash"”. The movie deals with the subjects of racism, hatred, power, greed, loss, and love. It is a moving work of art which is very difficult to watch at times. This is one of those movies that you end up talking about for a long time after you see it. I had heard several discussions about this movie but when I heard about this podcast and that they were talking about what we can learn of God'’s character, and our nature through this film I had to have a listen.

The discussion centered around this phrase; "Imago Dei". The thought was that all people are made in the image of God, all bearing His likeness, and none more or less valuable in His sight. The moderators talked about the fact that people who are racist see themselves as better than those who are different. They said that the people who were power hungry and greedy saw themselves are better, smarter, and more important than those around them.

I sat back listening to this discussion and nodding my head. "Oh yeah, absolutely! I agree. Those darn racists are horrible. I can't believe how they think they are better than everyone else. I am SO glad I'’m not like that!"”

Over the next several days the term Imago Dei kept turning about in my head. I became convicted that there were areas in my life were I had thought of myself as better than someone else. Subtle thoughts crept in. Thoughts that I was more valuable because I was better looking, or in better shape, or more talented, or smarter, or because I had more money than someone else.

I was feeling pretty self righteous when I was watching that movie. Thinking to myself, "“Thank God I'’m not a sinner like that."” And yet the root of that sin was showing up in my everyday life. I've thought a lot about the "“Imago Dei" and what that means to treat others as they deserve to be treated because they are made in the image of God. It's made me think a lot more, and talk a lot less. I'm trying to love others the way that God loves me. It'’s hard. It'’s a big deal to try to change my thought processes to be less self centered. It's work. It takes a conscience effort to evaluate each of my thoughts. I need to take my thoughts captive. I need to make sure I am thinking the right thoughts and doing the right things for the right reasons.

I'’m trying to see others the way that God sees them.