Joel Bridges' personal blog

Archive for October, 2009


If you ever need a good dose of reality, try hanging out at the hospital.  Have you ever looked into a family’s eyes & seen the pain?  That’s reality.  That’s where you find Jesus.  He’s right there in the middle of it…

As I walked out of my mother’s room in the ICU tonight, I passed a Hispanic family & they were crying.  They were hurting.  You could see it.  You could feel it.  They were speaking Spanish, so I couldn’t understand what they were saying, but I could understand what they were feeling.  That was clear.   I suddenly sensed His presence.  He was there.  And I realized, all over the world, at this moment, the Holy Spirit is there, in the middle of every situation, every hospital bed, every cancer clinic, every maternity ward, every surgical procedure, every family waiting room…He is there.  And He is not a passive observer.  He is not some unfeeling, uncaring, indifferent, ethereal ghost.  He knows.  He cares.  He reaches down & pulls us up out of our despair because HE CARES!!  When no one else in the world seems to care, He reaches out his arms & says  “YES, I CARE”   Because He knows what despair is.  He knows what pain is.  He’s been there.  He’s experienced it on a level we can’t even comprehend.  Why?   Why did He come down from heaven & subject himself to such abuse?  Because HE CARES. 

Do you not know?
       Have you not heard?
       The LORD is the everlasting God,
       the Creator of the ends of the earth.
       He will not grow tired or weary,
       and his understanding no one can fathom.

       He gives strength to the weary
       and increases the power of the weak.

       Even youths grow tired and weary,
       and young men stumble and fall;

       but those who hope in the LORD
       will renew their strength.
       They will soar on wings like eagles;
       they will run and not grow weary,
       they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31  NIV


Classical or Jazz?

Does God prefer classical or jazz?

The birth of Jesus was pretty much improvised…the Son of God didn’t make reservations at the Holiday Inn ahead of time.  He didn’t plan a formal ceremony with lofty speeches & choreographed liturgy.   The little boy didn’t bring a fancy gift, but he played his drum.  Joseph & Mary just followed God’s direction & trusted He would show them the way.  They had to manage the best they could with whatever God provided.  They couldn’t arrange an executive suite at the Hilton, so they found a stable & some hay & made a cozy little bed amongst the animals…and God said, “That’ll work just fine”