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I haven't ordered a shirt yet, either I need to lose weight (well, I need to do that anyways) or I need to special order a XXL, but I want to thank you for this painting.
So many people have this image of a somber savior -- as I once did. Frowning down on everyone for their folly and that didn't fit in to an image of an all loving, all forgiving Christ -- at least, not for me.
I came back to Christ in January of 2000 -- as my divorce was pending -- as my world was coming apart -- as I began to realize how long I had tried walking on my own, in accordance with my wishes, my desires, my own puny plans. I had done my best for twenty years to steer my own ship, and ended up foundering on the rocks.
I've come to learn since then, that sometimes, God speaks to us in a still, silent voice -- sometimes in the roaring of the thunder -- and sometimes, he just nails us with a 2x4 in order to get our attention. And he got mine.
I accepted Christ into my life once again -- and it's been a difficult walk. I struggle daily with my own desires, my own plans. I fall to them and I succeed at getting past them.
What does this have to do with the laughing Christ%3F Well, if Christ were indeed that somber Savior, then I would be doomed. I would hear, "You'll never get it right, you'll always fail, and you'll never succeed." But instead, I hear him laughing, not at me, but with me, and I feel him lifting me up and saying, "It's ok, Bob. Let's try this again."
Thank you again for this painting you were guided to create. I sincerely appreciate it.
Yours in Christ,