Just for nice, because God is good

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This was seen recently whilst racing through round about the winding roads of the back-ridges on the far-side of this parish that I love so very much. Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Smokey Mountains National Forest. I love it. So beautiful. I love those who are here, the criminals, the good people, everyone. Our Heavenly Father does. Jesus does.

Sure, there is – oooh! – this thing wrong in the world. Sure, there is – oooh! – that thing wrong with individuals who put themselves on a power trip in the Church. Yep. Jesus knows all about it. If we get all hyper anxious like “No one is doing anything about all the hell going on!” we might just lose sight of our Heavenly Father sending His only-Begotten Divine Son into this world so as to stand in our place, the Innocent for guilty, redeeming us, and, if we so choose in His grace, saving us. Our Heavenly Father has done and is doing something about it. Jesus took the place of the guilty, us, taking on the punishment we deserve for sin.

Is the beauty of this world passing away like the flower of the field, as Jesus says? Sure. But we can praise our Heavenly Father for this “first memory” of the beauty of creation (as Ratzinger in 1990 had it in Dallas) should we have a “second memory” of re-creation. That second memory – “Do this in memory of Me” – has to be first in our experience before we again begin to see, as it were, the memory of the first creation, the beauty. We have to be courageous enough to see the ugliness of the wounds inflicted upon the Divine Son of the Living God so as to see the beauty of the love of the One bearing them for us.

You see those trees in the picture above? Is there an analogy to help us see them? To be able to see them our robes, our bodies, must be washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb. We see the beauty of nature created by our loving Creator through the Blood of the Lamb.

If not, we are bound not to see any beauty, and then dump rivers of trash down the mountainsides (which can absolutely happen here in Western North Carolina). If not, we are bound not to see that we are to be tabernacles of the Holy Spirit, you know, washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb, and therefore dump rivers of trash of sin down into our souls.

Go ahead, join Jesus in anguish for the redemption of mankind and the salvation of those who want it while He prays in the agony of the garden. Go ahead and don’t fall asleep like the other apostles. Go ahead and don’t deny Jesus like Peter, or betray Him like Judas, or run away like all the other apostles. Be brave! Sure. But know this, you’ll only be able to do that, you’ll only be able to come back as did John to stand next to the Cross, next to Jesus’ good mom, if you yourself are the simplest (in a good sense), smallest child of God able to thank God with joy for His gracious creation.

Can you see some good in the murderous druggy criminal? No? Then you don’t get it. What we are to see in everyone is that God has loved us while we were yet sinners so as to get us out of that state and bring us to be His good children, looking to Him in humble and joyful thanksgiving. None of us are better than anyone else. We all fall short of the glory of God as Saint Paul says. We are have needed to be cleansed in the Blood of the Lamb. None of us has anything to brag about regarding our own salvation. Jesus is the One. He’s the only One.

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8 responses to “Just for nice, because God is good

  1. Catherine

    Many graces and blessing to you Father George, this day and coming year. If I am not mistakened, you are celebrating your 62nd Birthday today. Happy Birthday Father George!! God bless you!!

    • Father George David Byers

      I’m 59 for a few more hours.

      • Catherine

        The saints in the church may have their birthdays recognized worthily but it seems to me that since you are God’s adopted Son through Jesus Christ our Lord, you too should be recognized. Your life and birthdays should be in thanksgiving to God for the wonders of life he has bestowed on you and us all. Therefore your birthday should be celebrated with joy.
        I ask that you forgive me Father George for the incorrect number age. I had a feeling it wasn’t right. With your transitioning diet you are not looking your age but so much younger than purported. Despite my mistake, I still wish you a very very blessed and happy Birthday Father George. May the Holy Face of our Lord Jesus Christ shine on you forever. Amen.

  2. nancyv

    I am so grateful for your perspectives Father. Seriously.
    Now on a lighter note, my favorite pic would be of you photoshopped with these wintery naked trees with a chainsaw.
    God bless!

  3. Aussie Mum

    Your mention of the “’first memory’ of the beauty of creation” and the “’second memory’ of re-creation” brought your thesis to mind. Like many others I am looking forward to reading the popular version, hoping you manage to get it out in my lifetime. I am 10 years older than you Father so please don’t leave it too long. You are getting older too and one day won’t be here anymore but the writings you leave behind will help many.

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