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From the Pastor's Desk
The Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio is known world over. Taking 9 years and 6 million tiles to create, the statue is one of the seven wonders of the new world. It began long ago in the late 1880's when a priest sensed a falling away of the people from Christ. He suggested that something be done to reverse that trend. It wasn't until 1920 that the project began in earnest, with the resulting statue a work of art of the art-deco age. Originally, Christ was to have been done carrying his cross. But sitting atop a 2,300 foot ridge, this feature didn't look quite right, so it was changed to the outstretched arms of Christ welcoming the world. Now there is a wedding chapel at the base and couples, who wish to, can be married under the statue of Christ, seeking the Lord's blessing on their marriage and family.
 
Max Lucado in Six Hours on Friday adds, he went to see the statue and was caught by surprise about two features he did not expect. He said the eyes have no pupils in them, so Christ is blind, and the cut out childlike heart on the inside cloak of Jesus is made of stone, and he thought it represented Christ with a heart of stone. Who would follow a blind and heartless redeemer! He would argue with the interpretation of the artist, saying, "What the world needs is a Christ who sees, and shares His vision with the world, and has a heart for all".

Others might pause and think, yes, Christ has no pupils because He is in prayer for the world. Every day He intercedes for you and me. His stony heart, is at least there and suggests that we are in His heart and on His mind all the time. Maybe that is why Christ's arms are outstretched, because the statue is portraying, "Come unto me all you who labor and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden light!" (Matthew 10:28-31) This I believe was the sculptor's intent.
 
However we see it, it makes us ask some questions:
 
-What is the daily reminder that Christ is in your life? -How important is your relationship with Christ to you? How do you show it? -Do you feel Christ's prayers for you? -Do you sense He has you in His heart?
 We may not have a giant statue on a mountain top to look to, but Christ is real, alive, and able to help us in all things and circumstances. Amen
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Mike
 
 
Sometimes it helps to use your "imagination"  to create a picture of what those 12 words  might look like. May we put our need, our  worries, our fears in the box and let Jesus  take care of us! 
 
"For the joy of the Lord is your strength"  Nehemiah 8:10

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