But to me, a tattoo is not a billboard for the world to see. It’s to remind my soul to grow. It’s like getting married. When it’s all said and done, you will live with it forever not me. In a way, it’s an act of faith and commitment. So in this sense, it must be between you and God.
“We are not saved by our gifts and talents. We are saved
through our weakness, our brokenness, through our shame
and our sin. The gospel is not that Christ united Himself
with our wonderfulness:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that
we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2Co
Our union with Christ is precisely in our brokenness and
shame – and we fear to go there. We pity those who
are broken and work hard (and even pretend) not to be
among their number.
True repentance is the acknowledgement of
weakness and sin, not the promise to do better.”
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones gather; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
“To forgive does not mean to forget what has happened between us, but to shoulder the weight of another person’s frailty, or at times of another person’s evil. St. Paul says, ‘Learn to carry one another’s burdens’.”
I was thinking about how clever the parallels between Nate/Rafe and Dismas/Gestas are and jokingly thought about Sam being the Jesus figure until I remembered that Sam was thought to be dead and “came back to life” when he visited Nate at his office and showed him his “fatal” wounds after Nate questioned his death (like Jesus showing his wounds to the doubting St. Thomas), bullet wounds placed on the side of his chest like Jesus’ lance wound…….
I don’t know if this was intentional or not, but either way…….makes_you_think.exe