CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith from a Place of Winter for the Years of Winter… ©
Jesus was such a kidder, such an exaggerator.
There is a maxim among story-tellers. If you’re telling a story about fighting a grizzly, and it looks like people aren’t believing you, throw in a second grizzly.
Jesus liked to throw in a second grizzly. Forgiveness? Seven times? How’s about seventy x seven?
He was probably the first one to tell about the man who lied so much he had to get a neighbor to call his hogs.
There are different forms of truth-telling. Factual truth is one of those, but only one. There is also the truth of love and wholeness, and that truth is best told in extravagant terms, just like that story of the prodigal father.
Jesus claimed to be the Truth. Sometimes people don’t hear the truth unless it comes in the form of a second grizzly.
John Robert McFarland
The “place of winter” mentioned in the title line is Iron Mountain, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where life is defined by winter even in the summer! [This phrase is explained in the post for March 20, 2014.]
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