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Something You May Have Forgotten

Tony Myles —  December 12, 2013 — 4 Comments

Be reminded… following Jesus will never, ever make sense in a broken world.

Say AMEN to that, even if you want it the other way around.

As you do, listen to these insights from Frederick Buechner:

“God is the comic shepherd who gets more of a kick out of that one lost sheep once he finds it again than out of the ninety and nine who had the good sense not to get lost in the first place.

jesus with sinnersGod is the eccentric host who, when the country-club crowd all turned out to have other things more important to do that come live it up with him, goes out into the skid rows and soup kitchens and charity wards and brings home a freak show. The man with no legs who sells shoelaces at the corner. The old woman in the moth-eaten fur coat who makes her daily rounds of the garbage cans. The old wino with his pint in a brown paper bag. The pusher, the whore, the village idiot who stands at the blinker light waving his hand as the cars go by.

They are seated at the damask-laid table in the great hall. The candles are all lit and the champagne glasses filled. At a sign from the host, the musicians in their gallery strike up ‘Amazing Grace.’”

― Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

Tony Myles

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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

4 responses to Something You May Have Forgotten

  1. Chris Schaffner

    Tony – This brings tears to my eyes just reading it. What a beautiful picture of the kingdom. My vocation is to walk alongside the very people described in this quote.

  2. Thanks Tony.

    I’ve always felt more joyful and at home with the misfits than the pretenders. Although I can’t seem to figure out how to get out of my office to spend time with the least of these. Every so often one of Jesus’ friends walks into the office, but then it becomes an interruption to my ‘precious time’, probably searching Google for an illustration on compassion.

    • Tony Myles

      Ouch. I feel that tension. If only we could have our offices completely made of glass and with an open door that leads into the middle of the town square, while at the same time having it be an opaque vault sanctuary with retina-scan entry that is located in the backwoods somewhere Google has never been.

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