'shine your eyes’ is a phrase that I picked up in liberia, west africa. it means to open your eyes and see the Truth. this is my hope for people everywhere, myself included, that we will continually be transformed to see and be the ideals God has set forth as the Kingdom. the book of isaiah says it this way:

'see, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. the mind of the rash will understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.’ isaiah 32:1-4

currently this is taking shape in my life working with bahamas habitat. we are working to provide aviation support to bahamas methodist habitat, a hurricane relief/sub-standard housing repair organization based in the bahamas. know that we would love for you to come spend some time with us as we take part in all the beautiful ways that God is loving His creation.

in the words of mother teresa, “pray for me that i not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor.” and i pray that in all that you do, whether coming to the bahamas, serving in haiti or celebrating life in your part of the world that you will simply love and come and see all that God has for us. let this place be a place of celebration and conversation for us to greater understand life with one another.

‘and because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand. and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has in mind for us to be.’ –romans 5:2



prayer of oscar romero

it helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
the kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
we accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

no statement says all that could be said.
no prayer fully expresses our faith.
no confession brings perfection.
no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
no program accomplishes the church’s mission.
no set of goals and objectives includes everything.

this is what we are about.
we plant the seeds that one day will grow.
we water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
we lay foundations that will need further development.
we provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
we cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
this enables us to do something, and to do it very well. it may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

we may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
we are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
we are prophets of a future not our own.

oscar romero served the people of el salvador and was assassinated in 1980 while participating in mass. his assassin is believed to be a graduate of the school of americas at fort benning, columbus, ga. look that up.

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