by the sweat of my thorn scratched brow

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Creation: God is good, humanity is good, and work is good (ruling over a good creation). Then came the fall. That is what I am noticing today, not just because it is Tuesday in my 5 day devotional reflections scheme. It really is fallen Tuesday. Genesis 3: 17-19 He told the Man: “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree That I commanded you not to eat from, ‘Don’t eat from this tree,’ The very ground is cursed because of you; getting food from the ground Will …

Johnny Cash and Tuesday mornings

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In the 5 day story retelling, Tuesday corresponds to the fall. God made a good world, so what has happened? Johnny Cash knows. We couldn’t resist, and now things hurt. I remember listening to Johnny Cash as a kid, even at the expense of ridicule from my English neighbors’ older kids: “Johnny Trash” they’d say. But I liked listening to the 8-track recordings lamenting guilt, alienation, absurdity. Folson Prison Blues, A Boy named Sue, One Piece at a Time, The Man in Black… Well, you wonder why I always dress …

troubled tuesday – a good world gone wrong

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Goodness can be such that we don’t even bother to notice wrongness. At other times we notice things that aren’t right, but there is such a confidence in goodness that the wrongness becomes a display for the power of good. But there are other times. Times when the spirit cannot muster goodness. Times when wrongness weighs heavy. A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed? Proverbs 18:14 (The Message)   When one is crushed in spirit, there is at times a need that …