Love Actually || Michael

Love Actually || Michael

This past weekend I was in the beautiful area of San Luis Obispo — particularly Avila Beach — for my cousin’s wedding (shoutout to #teamGrillo). I mean it was absolutely gorgeous, the venue was outside on a luscious golf course meadow adjacent to the beach, with a large pound created by the inflow of the sea water separating the two. Not to mention the sun-kissed weather in the afternoon and the light brisk breeze in the evening with a lovely high of 72℉. As my cousin walked down the aisle to meet the love of her life, it seemed as if time itself was in attendance, attentively watching the moment gracefully take the spotlight. The powerful moment I want to rest in for this Musing is the exchanging of the vows. The wedding vows are the most ancient when it comes to a traditional marriage ceremony. It is the public declaration that you are making the deepest, longest and most important covenant that can be made between a man and a woman.

Now before all the single people close this tab, let me say this is not a post about the one you may never find (nevertheless keep hope alive). This article is about the most fulfilling, satisficing, truthful, intimate, respectful, passionate, affectionate, secure, consistent and nurturing relationship one could even fathom of having. A relationship with Love Himself (1 Jhn 4:8)

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White Flags || Patreeya

White Flags || Patreeya

(What Surrender Isn’t)

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

The older I get, the more I have learned that I am a strange mix of obedient and defiant. There is a rule-follower in me, someone who refuses to “California roll” through stop signs on principle. But there’s also a side of me that wants to join the rebel alliance, who shakes my fist at “the man,” who spent every Simon Says as a child trying to beat Simon at his own game and look for loopholes.

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Balancing Racial and Religious Identities || Ryan R.

Balancing Racial and Religious Identities || Ryan R.

This Monday Musing was originally written as a talk for one of Cru’s weekly meetings.  

When asked to articulate my ethnic journey, I was initially nervous because to discuss my ethnicity with other people is to admit that my ethnicity is something different from the norm, something that separates me from others. Not only do I feel unqualified to bring about such discourse, but I also feel that no one can truly grapple with such a complex and dynamic process. However, I do understand that I have a journey—just like everyone reading this—and this journey matters. Thus, I decided to go for it.

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'Tis the Season... || Katy

'Tis the Season... ||  Katy

 

’Tis the season for warm drinks, cozy sweaters, holiday songs, peppermint flavored treats and celebrating the birth of Christ. It’s also the season of being stressed out with finals, finding gifts for family/friends and anticipating maybe awkward or hard family gatherings/expectations. Maybe this is the best time of year for you or maybe it’s the worse. Maybe you are stoked about spending time with family and friends or maybe you are dreading being alone. Wherever you are at, this season has ALOT going on. And I for one know how easy it is to be caught up in the hectic nature of December and watch as Christmas just flies by. Afterwards, I usually wish I spent more time in my bible or had more patience during Christmas dinner with family or just wish I was more intentional. Thus when New Years rolls around, I resolve to do better, be better. 

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The Wells We Seek || Alan

The Wells We Seek || Alan

As I mused for this Monday Musing, I thought a lot about Psalm 81 and my past. I prayed, “Why then, even though I know about the gospel of Jesus, can I feel so distant from you Lord? Why can I feel empty, tired, and hungry for more? Why can I feel so up and down? Why can’t I just be a perfect Christian? Lord, It’s hard to cope with these feelings after the many amazing messages, talks, and blessings you have provided on my journey with you. Even though I can feel so close to you now, I fear the next “season” of distance. Am I doing something wrong? Am I good enough?

Lord God, what the heck do I do?”

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