Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Fantastic is an adjective used to describe anything that is spectacular, unusual, out of the ordinary, unbelievable, unlikely, or preposterous. It might be a person, a place, a thing or an event.  It is always something that catches the observer by surprise - an unexpected gift - an unusually kind or generous person - an awesome sight - an event that surpasses all expectations.  When we are allowed to experience these things - we describe them as fantastic and awesome.  Fantastic warms our hearts - restores faith in our fellow man - brings us to perhaps laughter or even tears.  Without fantastic - life would be dull - a little less hopeful - a little more dreary - much more mundane.
When Jesus told His disciples that He was going to leave them - to go to His Father's house - where He would prepare a room for them - they did not think that was fantastic.  They were scared because they still did not comprehend what Jesus was all about.  They wanted to believe - but in their hearts they still questioned and wondered - who was this man - the son of the carpenter?  Luckily for us - we know not only the history - but the results.  We have the gift of time - the gift of distance - in which we we have read and studied and learned - what Jesus is all about.  We know the Truth - we know the Way.  Yet - many question and debate - the words - the whys - the wherefores. Holy Scripture - for many - becomes a project to be dissected - torn apart - investigated - studied.  Blessed are they who have not seen - but believe (John 20:29).  To be able to accept the Truth at face value is a gift from God.  To those who still struggle - you are encouraged to take that leap of faith - to close your eyes - to close your ears - to ignore those who confuse - to step into the dark corridors of your heart where Jesus waits to shine His light on your life.  To experience the presence of Jesus in your heart - to feel His warmth - His love - as your personal savior - that is fantastic!

Deacon Dale