Connor's old-fashioned dad recalls the same story to him on every birthday.
"I remember when they first brought you to Mom in her hospital room. Your Nanny (Adéye's mom) was there. She held her middle finger against your little foot and showed us how her finger was longer than your foot."
Today, Connor wears a size 13 shoe, a size and a half larger than me. His hands are longer and bigger than mine. And he has something I didn't have when I was 15--the treasure of Jesus in a soft heart.
Happy Birthday, my boy! I love you with all my heart!
I was in the supermarket this evening and snapped this photo at the stand next to the cash register.
OK, so I've read the Bible like many of you who are reading this now have.
I realize, for example, that in Isaiah 53:2, Jesus is described like this:
"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,nothing in his appearance that we should desire him."
But does he have to look like the bearded lady with a broken plate stuck on the back of his head, as in the magazine on the left?
And does he have to resemble a serial killer, like in the photo on the right?
It's one thing to have "no beauty or majesty" or not look like a male model "that we should desire him," but at least depict him as the Bible describes him:
STRONG: He was carpenter. Carpenters today are often muscular. Imagine the carpenters back in Jesus' day. There were no forklifts to lift piles of wood. If he made a table, it was made of solid wood. There were no power tools. Just heavy hammers and big saws. And once done, there weren't any pickup trucks to load it on to deliver it. He probably got help from Joseph and other tough guys, and carried the darn thing across town to Marvin Schwartz's house.
COURAGEOUS: At 12, he was being a very big boy. Not being intimidated by the religious "experts" of the day, Jesus stood up to teach to crowds of people, many of whom were old, wise men. He never cared what others thought of him. He was on a mission, and he never gave in to people who said, "Uh, excuse me, sir. You can't do that."
TOUGH: In Luke 4, after standing up in a synagogue and revealing who he was through the reading of Isaiah 61, a furious mob "took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way." And of course, he knew he was going to be beaten severely and crucified (the worst form of torture for millenia), but he CHOSE to go right into THAT mob and let them have their way. (Which ultimately was HIS way.) You can't get tougher than that. So after careful study of the Scriptures, I formulated an image of what I think Jesus looked like and sketched a draft. I think it comes pretty close. Let me know what you think.