slw-womanprayingThere are a myriad of “Christian” phrases that irk me. My top one is probably: “We just want to love on you.” Anything with “love on” in the sentence just conjures up for me, images of a weird and slightly creepy game of “stacks on.” (Clearly I attended church youth group in the ’90s). But the big one I’m really not coping with is “… and God showed up” or any variation of God “showing up.” The “love on” thing is harmless. God and the notion of Him showing up, is less so. Jesus gave a “heads up” to His disciples, confiding in them, comforting them of what was to come: “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17, NIV). More