Today, I went to a writers’ workshop. A woman was there that was quite friendly to me. She smiled and said hello and I smiled and said hello. At the break, we were waiting our turn at the ladies’ room when we started talking about our writing.

I asked her name, and then said, “Do I know you?”

She said, “You should, we go to the same church.”

Turns out she serves the tea and lemonade at our Wednesday night get togethers.

She was out of context to me, and I didn’t recognize her in this new setting.

I’ve also begun reading a new book called, Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible by Debbie Blue. I’m only in the first chapter. Yet, it’s sucking me in to the realities of Jesus the Christ.

Holy looks a little unusual when you look at Jesus Christ in the stories the Gospels tell. It’s almost like reverse holy, the opposite of setting apart. Jesus is right off the bat eating with sinners, touching lepers. He takes water from the Samaritan woman. God incarnate arrives into the world from his mothers womb.

debbie blue, Consider the Birds: a provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible

Jesus the Christ is beautiful, radiant love in a hostile and unkind world. It’s pure, joyous surprise when we find him out of context of the heavens. Becoming one of us.

No wonder the words caught the listeners by surprise: “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?”

It’s a call to recognize Jesus the Christ in every context. Whether that in the pews or on the street. Or even at a writers’ workshop on a Saturday morning. ❤