1. Brian Rebar

    Well done! I was like, “how is she going to write a reflection about this?” And you did it! And with one of my favorite things to think about! Jesus’ humanity! If He wasn’t fully God AND fully man, it’d be a lot harder to relate I think. I used to keeps His humanity in my mind all the time and it helped me to cling to Him when I felt alone in my trials. I really need to do that more. I can feel so much more strong and I’ll have so much more help if I remind myself of His humanity. He’s everyone’s own personal Counselor. That’s one of His many titles, because He’s been there.

    • Thank you sir! I opened up the gospel reading and was immediately like, oh. Crap. And then I was like, “you will not conquer me, genealogy!!”

      Anyways…I love the fact that you mentioned keeping his humanity in your mind all the time. I used to do that too, I think. It’s so much easier to make it through a day when you know someone out there has experienced what you are feeling. That’s part of the appeal to a lot of music. It’s even more powerful when that person is God. Our God isn’t a cheesy, happy go lucky, God, nor is he unreachable and divine. He was just like us–he chose to be just like us–and experienced life just as we do. I like that title too, Jesus the Counselor. 🙂

      • Brian Rebar

        That’s a good point about the music! I went to music to find someone who was feeling what I was feeling a lot. Not so much anymore, partially because I’ve become more about the music and less about the lyrics. And partially because my relationship with God is different now than it was in high school, very different. I feel like sometimes we make music a God. I’ve definitely fallen to that and I know a lot of Christians who play music that may be struggling with that too. When we rely on music for emotional healing we need to be very careful. When we recognize that it is God working through the music that heals us but when we unknowingly exclude God from the situation and only focus on the music, that it is when it is wrong and idolatrous. Kind of a tangent there.

        • We can make so many things a God! For me, personally, I don’t really struggle with making music a God. I focus on the lyrics more than the musical quality (because I am more a writer and less a musician). I think that when I listen to music that reflects something I am feeling, it isn’t about the music, it’s about the person on the other end. And that’s okay. Feeling comforted by a shared experience is okay, even good and beautiful, I think. I don’t think that’s idolatrous.

          • Brian Rebar

            Definitely. Getting our help from our fellow man is not idolatrous. God wants us to help each other. 🙂

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