“Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ!

In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”. 

I Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Unpacking… and heartbroken over the news of Kate Spade’s death Tuesday morning. I’ll never forget my excitement opening that beautiful rectangular Kate Spade gift box Lee brought home for Valentine’s Day years ago. Inside was the most gorgeous leather purse –a vibrant bright green.

Lee, seeing a picture of Kate in happier times, commented: “If we had lived in the same town, I could have easily seen y’all as friends.” Honestly, I could too.

Kind of convicting, really. Made me wonder if I’d have been the courageous Christian friend Kate Spade needed. Not one of her “groupies,” but the gal who loved her enough to tell her that any attempt for fulfillment outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ is futile.

The story is told of a young Robert Louis Stevenson looking outside at night from his bedroom window and seeing someone whose job it was to light the lanterns lining the street. Robert’s nanny entered the room and asked what had him so engaged. The boy’s gaze was unmoved as he replied, “I’m watching a man cut holes in the darkness.”

As Christians, evangelism is not an accessory to be worn when it’s comfortable. We are called to “cut holes in the darkness” of this weary-worn world bearing witness that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. He alone is able to free us from the strongholds that attempt to steal our joy and sap our strength to press on with purpose when life’s pressures mount.

I didn’t know Kate Spade personally, but I have a lot of neighbors dying and desperate and who need to hear about the hope God extends to us in Christ Jesus. May I be as bold in my Christian witness as Kate was with color.

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