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I had all day yesterday to ponder what took place regarding the kerfluffle online in the previous two days or so. I was torn, sad, and emotionally worn-out from it.

We went to church yesterday morning, and I have to say that I now have my answer. It’s contained in the subject line of this post. I’m going to remain active and be light and salt in the online community, but I also have peace about it all.

It was one of those days when everything “clicked” for me. The music that JVo played at Fusion was “perfect”–not that they choose to play crap regularly or anything like that. But it was all speaking to me directly. It was as if my heart was poured out in the words we sang and God’s answer was sung right back to me. Quite honestly, though, JVo could have been leading the band in Gregorian chants and I still would have heard God in it–it was just better that it was “my style” and a rockin’ beat. 😉

Dave’s message was on the first chapter of 1 Thessalonians, which although good, I never considered as being so *perfect* for me at that moment. Yet it was. I realized while Dave was teaching that I shouldn’t have been surprised to receive what I received from some angry people who had little kindness to spare, but that it’s part of the culture war and we’re on the front lines. And (again) oddly enough, I think if Dave had read “the begats” (you know, so-and-so begat so-and-so) from the book of Numbers, I still would have heard my answer.

Dave did the artwork for the series by using a site called “Spam Recycling.” This site takes the text of spam messages and turns them in to creative, abstract art, which is really kind of fun. So he took the text of 1 Thessalonians and entered it in to this program and what came out is the artwork for the series. Which gave me an idea.

I checked out the site when we got home that afternoon, and I thought about all the ugly words, anger, and bitterness that came through my email account. I took the harshest words, the ugliest tones, and the most vituperative sentences and sent them in to this program. And I watched it be ‘recycled’. It was incredibly cool and amazingly therapeutic to see something so beautiful come out of something that lacked so much beauty. And it really struck me that when I give God my hurt and anger, He gives me something so much more beautiful back.

Enough talk. Here’s the image that came out of such ugliness. I’m not much for an abstract-art-fan, but I think this is pretty cool and quite beautiful at the same time.

If you want to try out this program, go here..

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