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Topic: Red (10/01/09)
TITLE: It's The Color of Life
By Genia Gilbert
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Red is a dye used to make gorgeous party clothes, hats for little old ladies to wear with purple, and fuzzy warm sweaters at Christmastime.
Red was the color of my face in embarrassment on an unforgettable day in 1998. While rushing to get ready to attend a weight-loss meeting, I sprinkled a “bit” of bath powder into my too-tight shoes, hoping to make them more comfortable. Later, walking barefoot to weigh in and hearing giggles, I turned around to see, on deep navy carpet, my four perfect white footprints.
Red is what my husband sees when he gets really, really angry. With this coloring his vision, the rest of the family has learned to steer clear of scowls, short answers, and piercing stares.
Now that I think of it, red was also the color of my sweet husband’s hair, before it began to recede and turn gray.
Red is the top light at an intersection that tells me it is time to stop. It is often hard for me to distinguish from the yellow one, but I can still clearly see the green.
Red is that bottom line in my checkbook when the month outlasts the money. This is a time to reflect, pray, and look for a way to change the color.
I also hear of folks who “paint the town red,” and thieves who are “caught red-handed.” And of course, there are those assets which are no longer “worth a red cent.”
In addition, red is the color of the blood that courses through our veins in a rhythmic manner, dispensing life to all the extremities and vital body parts. A sudden or massive loss of this substance is cause for alarm and immediate attention.
Most of all, red is the color of that blood which was shed by Jesus Christ, spilling from His hands, His feet, His sides, onto the cross of Calvary and the ground below. It was costly blood, and bought pardon for sin to whosoever should come seeking it. Willingly it was given, and freely it flowed down for all who would receive Him.
A song made popular and performed often by gospel singer, Janet Paschal, expresses this very well.
In letters of crimson God wrote His love
On a hillside so long, long ago
For you and for me Jesus died
And love’s greatest story was told.
I love you, I love you
That’s what Calvary said
I love you, I love you
I love you, written in red *
*Song, “Written in Red,” by Gordon Jensen, 1984, Word Music
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