Pi is unique. For me this day is also unique, because 17 years ago today my father went from his life of pain on earth to his eternal life of joy with Jesus.
My dad wasn't much of a math whiz, but he used it daily in his carpentry and other projects. He didn't really care about math beyond its practical uses, but he sure liked pie! While he probably couldn't have told you what pi was or how it was calculated, he did know his pie.
Strawberry shortcake was his favorite dessert, but apple pie, angel pie, coconut cream pie, rhubarb pie or just about any other kind of pie would be just fine with him.
Why am I telling you about my dad's taste in pie? I guess I just want you to know that whoever you are, whether you love math or dessert, you can have a new life like his. No matter if your pain is physical, emotional or psychological, God loves you. He sent His only Son Jesus to live as a poor, weak human.
Jesus cried. As an infant, He needed His diapers changed. The God of the universe, the creator of heaven and earth needed his created human parents to take care of Him. And He did it all so He could lay down His life for us.
Jesus chose to die on the cross, taking our sin, so we can have new life. In fact, He didn't just take our sin with Him. He became sin for us. Every sin at every moment from Adam and Eve to the last living person was with Jesus and was a part of Jesus. You and I couldn't even pay the price for our own sin this week. But God in Jesus could and did.
He would rather die for us than live in heaven without us. He offers us new life if we only admit our sin against God, turn away from the life we have been living, and turn to Jesus, trusting Him to lead our lives from this moment forward.
It seems so simple, but the result is transformation. God accepts us where we are and how we are, but He will never leave us there. He picks us up out of the dirt of our lives. He washes us, and gives us new identities. Then He calls us to live our lives for Jesus.
Is it worth it? Oh, yeah! Living for Jesus is an adventure! He challenges us to a new kind of living. Then, when it is our turn to die, He brings us to heaven to live with Him forever.
Oh, there is one more thing. In heaven, there is going to be a great feast for all who love Jesus and follow Him. I hope they have pie.