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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

good news, bad news

"You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust.  You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us."
-Logan Martin Band, Beautiful Things

Everything is so simple in the Dominican Republic.  The people of this astoundingly beautiful place are easy to love and cherish.  They don't complicate things.

They have the sweetest, juiciest, almost coco-nutty pineapples (and don't even get me STARTED on their mangoes) because they are planted and purchased from the same place.  They don't complicate their coffee with too much sugar (they don't dilute it with water either, making it thick, rich and sweet).   More importantly,  they don't complicate their lives with excessive possessions, or by being too busy.  They don't have the opportunity to. 

Christ's message is simple, in and of itself.  These words that we worshiped together every night under the beautiful tiki hut remind me of this.  When we shared the gospel with the people of Santo Domingo, we presented it as "bad news, and good news."

The bad news: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  This sin separates us from God.  There is nothing in our power that can release us from this sin.  Nothing in this world that we can do to rid ourselves of it.

The good news:  God love us, and takes care of us.  He sent His son to die for us, offering us eternal life.  If we confess with our mouth and believe with our heart that He is Lord, we are promised eternal life.

And there it is, the Gospel.  Plain, simple, uncomplicated.

SO the opposite of how I feel right now.

The good news?  I'm back from the Dominican Republic.  Spent time with my amazing church and Dominican families.  We all are so close when we are working together.  Tengo gozo commo una fuete. My heart feels so full of life, love and promise.  We made it back safely, and we all shared an amazing, life-altering experience that we are surely never to forget.  Some great blogging material also surfaced, and that's (hopefully) what I plan to dedicate this week to (I don't really know if that's good news for any of y'all but, it's good news for me, anyhow).  Further, I always felt like I didn't have an interesting story to tell, or anything of substance to write for a story.  Now, I do.  I don't know if it will ever pick up off the ground, but I've been inspired nonetheless.

The bad news?  I'm back from the Dominican Republic.  I left behind another piece of my heart.  I also left behind my brand new camera that I bought solely for this trip and have no pictures (I did, however, find my camera in the first carry-on bag I packed before I switched "everything" over into a bigger bag.  I swear, I'm so absent minded I could scream).  I won't see my Dominican family for a year.  My church family spreads apart over the year. 

Less importantly, but still very bad news: American coffee stinks.

All things being said, it was a wonderful and convicting trip.  Those wild horses will have a heck of a time trying to keep me away next year!



Anonymous said...

The last line reminded me of All the wild horses by Ray LaMontagne. I love that song.
Also, sounds like you went through a life changing experience. Looking forward to hearing more.

Elisa said...

Sounds like a great experience once again, BDub. I am proud of you for letting Christ work through you.

You need to go back.

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