Arlen posted a great quote from Frederick Buechner that I had to steal: 😉
“Nobody ever claimed it was going to be easy, least of all Jesus, who continually said to take up our crosses and follow him, not just our picnic baskets and tickets to Disneyland. A lot of barnacles are going to have to be scraped off and a lot of horse manure shoveled out and a lot of rooms stripped bare and redecorated before the final product emerges bright as a new penny, to mix a metaphor or two. But peculiar as we are, every last one of us, for reasons best known to himself Yahweh apparently treasures the whole three-ring circus, and every time we say “Thy kingdom come,” it’s home we’re talking about, our best, last stop.”
Lord, come and scrape the barnacles, shovel the manure and strip the rooms for your Name’s sake. Amen.