Sunday, April 4, 2010

Taking the Easy Way

I wish there was an easy way to live out this life of faith. I wish there was some way to just say a few words and "presto" life would be simple, righteous, just, easy, and uncomplicated. Jesus, the night before He was crucified, asked for an easier way.
He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. "Abba, Father," he cried out, "everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine." Mark 14:35-36 (NLT)
But there was no easier way for Jesus. The cross was the way that God could show His love for all people for all time; and there is no easy way for us. Each day is a new start and a new day in which we once again commit ourselves to following Jesus. We follow with joy, we follow with sorrow, and we follow with hope.
Magic Wand (Chris Rice)

He rode his wagon into town
A gaudy spectacle
And every gray November brought him there
Always entertaining
Prestidigitating
Pulling rabbits from thin air
He would wave his magic wand
He would say the magic words
Working up a miracle
Puttin’ on a show
Changing what I thought to be
Unchangeable reality
Wish I had a magic wand of my own

Now twenty-three Novembers later
The prestidigitator
Still holds a power in my mind
‘Cause I’d like a quick and easy way
To look inside and make a change
A magic wand would do me fine
I would wave my magic wand
I would say the magic words
Working up a miracle
Puttin’ on a show
Changing what I thought to be
Unchangeable reality
If I had a magic wand of my own

I would wave it over me and over you
And over all this crazy world
And make it right
Oh and there’s so much I’d change
If I could take the easy way!

I would wave my magic wand
I would say the magic words
Working up a miracle
Puttin’ on a show
Changing what I thought to be
Unchangeable reality
If I had a magic wand of my own

The only way to really change
Is simple choices everyday
Obey the Spirit-whisper in my soul
With the help of God, a little time
Can change a heart, renew a mind
Without a magic wand He’ll work a miracle...

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