Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reason is the analytical evaluation of information, bringing a determination or judgment which dictates a course of action upon one of life’s many situations. Thus we say “I have my reasons” or “this is the reason why” somehow we are trying to bring explanation-or even loftier “understanding” into a purely analytical conclusion.

“Because” What could be a more cynical word in our vocabulary than this. When used in reference to the human heart. Man’s heart cannot be bullet pointed, outlined, sub-titled or summarized. It cannot be reasoned.  Its “desperately wicked who can know it.” Though its “thoughts and intents” can only be known by its creator it is the unseen source that inspires the created to love and fulfillment and also drives it too its own demise in this seemingly endless cycle of sin.

But what of grace? God’s natural propensity to redeem that which is broken back to perfect wholeness. That which is misused back to its intended purpose- too worship and adore HIM, the uncreated, holy one- Because He is. Only through the redeeming power of this Grace can the thoughts and intents of this heart begin to be understood and enable me to come to a course of action of lasting value. But this Grace is not subject to reason. In fact it defies reason in all its mortal sense and establishes an immortal benchmark of deity.  

O lord wash me in this grace. Redeem this heart back to its intended purpose.

“The heart has its reasons that reason does not understand” -Blaise Pascal-

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Some of you may know that the mission has a website well  new staff descriptions were being written and here is one written about me. Thought someone may get a laugh as I did. 
Shea Alexander is from deep in the sticks of VA from a little hick town so obscure its not even on the map! He adores his sister Emily who makes his favorite chocolate cake and his mother who gets up early to drink tea and write in her journal or type on her HP Compaq laptop. Shea loves strong drinks like kambucha and Malta H and he likes kefir- I think. He adores the mountains and goes there all the time. Sometimes we even tease him about having a girlfriend there because of the seemingly magnetic draw. But I personally believe its because he feels closer to God surrounded by the purple mountain majesties and the simple mountain people. I think he loves the hard physical hike, and the clean air and the hundreds of tiny gardens spread out over the mountains like a blanket. He comes back with sacks of beans and onions and coffee beans that he sorts and roasts. He loves coffee and will go to great lengths for a cup of good quality brew! Shea can think best when he is either in the mountains or working with wood; its like therapy to him. He makes really nice things out of wood but unfortunately he is often so busy with other stuff he can't do it as much as he'd like. Shea is very opinionated and enjoys nothing better than a lively debate! He gives advice and thought provoking ideas for free which is good because none of us have much money. Shea loves to play his guitar and sing worship songs. He reads when he has time and sporadically writes in his beautiful, leather journal. He likes to write but sometimes he doesn't write for as long as 3 weeks or months at a time and then he writes a lot again. I don't know what he writes about in his journal. Shea is talented in language; he learned kreyol fast and well. In fact he speaks it so well that he's even better than the Haitians and he can argue as fast and loud as anyone! If you heard him talking but didn't see his face you might not even know its a white person. He likes to get up way early in the morning before even the birds are awake and sometimes he doesn't go to bed at all. He loves to go jogging and too rip around at alarming speeds on his pink and white dirt bike!!
Isn't Satire crazy!