Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 14

Day 14: A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

white Jesus

Of course I don't have an actual picture of Jesus or a grilled cheese with his likeness, but I grew up with this rendition of him. I think we had this painting in our basement and it's familiar and I love it. Of course the historical Jesus didn't look anything like this, but that's not the point, really.

The point is this - I can't imagine my life without Jesus. He is my hope, joy, comforter, protector, and reason for living. When I think I can't take another breath (how I often felt when Jack was close to death), he carries me and holds me close. No matter what happens, I have the hope of Jesus, something so much bigger than this here life.

This is not to sound hokey or naieve. I believe in Jesus' truth. I have studied it and continue to. You might ask how I can believe in a man who lived a long time ago? As with anything in this life, it takes faith to believe in something outside of our perceived reality.  Faith is taking a leap and being sure of what we hope for, certain of things we do not see.

I am also a cynic and ask a lot of questions... Jon and I spend a lot of time talking about Jesus, Christianity, and what the bible is all about. I am constantly seeking answers, and my faith is OK with that.

For me, Jesus is where it's at. As someone recently said, if your unsure, "reconsider Jesus. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised."
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Julie said...

Love it Jessi!

Julie said...

Oh, and I recently read a book called Heaven is For Real. I think I blogged about it on the ROR blog. In it, there is a painting of Jesus that a girl did who also claimed to have been to heaven and the little boy in the book said that it looked just like Jesus. Go look at it in Hastings. It looks a lot like the one in the article but the eyes are almost clear. Gave me shivers!

Jessi said...

I googled it and found it! I love that painting of Jesus. Every time I see it, it strikes me. I better read that book... sounds interesting!