Just some random thoughts from today...
- President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin jousted today at the 70th Annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Both have completely opposite views of the Syrian crisis and Middle Eastern intervention. The big ripple between the two opposing views is acknowledgment of Bashar al-Assad's regime- America neither acknowledges nor supports his governance while Russia does. Fortunately, President Obama and Mr. Putin met earlier today, which opens the lines of communication of progress and peace. International relations is a fine line to walk. Critics who shout "Do something!" are generally clueless of the fact that any action taken in crisis could yield unfathomable consequences in the present and future. The best strategy is to assess matters on a case-by-case basis. With that in mind, I believe President Obama and his administration are handling the Syrian crisis with poise, tact, and wisdom.
- I was reading and studying Luke 1:39-80 earlier and the word "mercy" shows up 5 times. That is significant given how close they appear to one another. Using the same word so frequently, it is evident that God wants to reveal something about it, so I dug deeper. One of the books I "borrowed" from my parents' house is singer/songwriter/minister/theologian Michael Card's commentary on the Book of Luke. In his breakdown of Luke 1, Card elaborates on "mercy" in its Hebrew origin, "hesed." According to Card, the best definition of hesed is "when the person from whom I have a right to expect nothing gives me everything." Verses 50,54,58,72, and 78 mention God's mercy or hesed whether through song, testimony, praise, gratitude, or expectation. God's mercy not only gives us cause to thank Him for who He is, but to share that same mercy with others reflecting His hesed toward us.
- Speaking of mercy, I am reminded of pop/folk/hip-hop group Beautiful Eulogy's album Instruments of Mercy. The entire album is about God's mercy toward us and how it provokes our response of worship, or obedience, to Him. It has enriched my walk with Christ and if you give it a listen, I hope it does the same for you. It is 100% free! Download it here.
- Go Dawgs! Go Falcons!