Wednesday, January 10, 2007

it's a jimmy thing #2


jON said...

sorry for the delay gang. been trying to figure out my new job that i started on monday.

go ahead and discuss amongnst yourselves for the moment. also, i did find nate's last post from defined on jan. 5th to be strangely relevant to this chapter.

i'm still thinking about it, and just what i want to say...

however, there is something that has come up that i wanted to let all of you lovlies in this little community to know about so you can be praying for us. last wednesday while we were in the waiting room at a location having zaavan's wheelchair fitted to work with the van and lift that were donated to us (hooray!) the woman working there just happened to start talking to us about her mother's house which she is selling.

it is already wheelchair accessable from a ramp in the garage as well as having wider hallways and dooframes. she is selling it for about $30,000 under market value to sell quickly. and she is selling it fully furnished. plus they have spent the last 4 years getting it up to code. new circuit breakers, new roof, ... many things. sounds too good to be true, but yet i know god loves to bless his children. and this wasn't something that we were looking for. it came to us.

oh, yeah. and at the same time, a coupple came in and began telling us about the programs and contacts and people they knew and used to modify houses for accessibility and find funding from the city and whatnot. it was a rather surreal experience that just came and found us in a waiting room. symbolically enough...

plus the house is across the street from an elementary school. and it is in the same city we live in now (not a suburb), as well as the same county and state so none of zaavan's beneftis or social workers would have to change.

anyway... keep us in your prayers about financing and softening the hearts of our apartment managers to let us out of our lease (or at lease find someone to sublet) about 3 months early if we DO get financing. thanks everyone for coming on this journey with us. 2007 has already started off with much more of a wonderful bang. thanks be to our god who does not ever forget us and is faithful beyond all we can think or ask.

yes, thanks be to him.

Tessa said...

That is so exciting to hear about! Keep us updated on how the situation develops!!! Its great to hear about your blessings!

Jen said...

Hi Jon-
I looked up the lease thing since we we ended our lease early to buy our home. I found this info on the internet, and it is relevant to the state you live in:
"The first step is to read carefully through your lease, many will have a “buy/build clause”, allowing you to break your lease with a 30 or 60 day notice if you buy a home. If your lease does not contain a clause like this, talk to your landlord and ask. Many landlords are agreeable if your unit can be rented to someone else. It is always wise to get something in writing if a landlord agrees to let you out of a lease early to make sure there are no misunderstandings later. Another thing to keep in mind is when you buy a home, you will not have a house payment the first month, so even if your lease is not completed and you can’t get out early, you will have a one month breather in case you do decide move anyway."

Great to hear about your blessings. Keep us updated. God bless you all!

Wendy ftfs said...

30,000 ?????

Wow .... better get to the bank right away .... are you sure there is nothing wrong with it?

jON said...

no. i can't be sure. what we're doing right now is trying to look into first time home buyer stuff through the city as well as any applicable programs or monies available for people with disabilities as well. if these things fall into place, our next step is to have the home inspected.

thanks for the tip, jen. i'll check our lease.

jON said...

and now...

i enjoyed the first part about the contrast of our reactions to rich and poor people. and not even so much their social standing as their personal appearance. someone with money will tend to be cleaner and more "pleasing to the eye." whereas someone who is truly destitue (homeless?) would be very dirty and unkempt. and this has me thinking alot about my own heart and knee jerk reactions to people. especially now with my new job. to remember to treat everyone the same and give them the same respect that everyone deserves upon a first meeting. to not treat my boss any more special than i would the "lowliest" instore or driver.

so is james trying to say that everyone has transgressed the LAW? and that we are no longer to worry about it, or judge others for their failings, because we are all guilty? and rather, to understand that we are going to be judged by the "law of liberty", which i take to mean that we will not be judged by specifics, i.e. physical actions, so much as we are the state of our hearts and motives BEHIND our actions. which he then seems to support by saying that mercy triumphs over judgement. and that fulfilling the "royal law", or more literally, "the law of our king", is to love your neighbor as yourself.

why and how have we become so far removed from this "law"? why do we not approach everyone through this lens? it is something i still struggle with, but it is now the paradigm through which i view all of life. and seek to live in accordance with.

that's it for now. someone else can tackle faith/works if you so choose.

Susan said...

v.12 I think mercy is the powerful word in this verse. Not just forgiveness or grace but mercy, which says to me just how bad our behaviour is in God's sight. Therefore we should show much mercy to others because we have nothing to boast about.

v.19-26 Interesting the examples that James uses. Abraham is no surprise. But demons and Rahab? Demons believe that there is a God but don't act on that belief. Rahab the prostitute was considering righteous because she did act on her belief. No point saying we believe if we don't act on our beliefs. Interesting when we talk about our favourite Bible heroes Rahab rarely gets a mention but here in James she is right up there.

PS Great to hear about the possibilites of a house. Hope it works out.

Wendy ftfs said...

Faith without deeds is dead ...

Sort of puts me in mind of this:
... they will say:

Matthew 7
" Lord,Lord did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then Jesus will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

he said, ""Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

Before this he talks about this:
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."

He talks about trees and their fruit and he talks afterward about the men and women who build their houses on the sand or on the rock.

Matt 25
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

It's simple ... you don't have faith if you don't act to help those in need around you.

jON said...

which also, in my mind, goes to show that even a prostitue can be a righteous person. which goes against every grain of my religious upbringing, but james says it is possible. because, in his view, she is not judged merely by her external actions, but by her inner being and the state of her heart and the resulting actions based on that.

which ties in perfectly with what you brought out wendy. which is what you always advocate. and i'm glad for it. love. the royal law. love your neighbor the same as yourself. which, if you are loving your neighbor the same as yourself, will indeed result in doing some wonderful things for people. uncomfortable things. unpredictable things. but beautiful things nonetheless. not things from a list, but rather things from the heart on a moment to moment basis as the moment requires and the spirit prompts.

“If you love me, you will obey what I command."

"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me."

"If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching...He who does not love me will not obey my teaching."

"If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love"

"You are my friends if you do what I command."

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."

"This is my command: Love each other."