If you’ve been following along with the lectionary, you might be aware that a major theme of our recent gospel lessons has been prayer. It’s been a great opportunity to talk with our kids in the children’s message about the ways we pray and what happens when we pray. Far too often, we think of […]
Paul writes about the Body of Christ with specificity, spending time naming overlooked and underestimated parts of the body and lifting up their value to the whole body. The passage ends with the assertion that we are made in our diversity to care for one another, to be stronger together.
Center, desire, and intention – these three components give us a lens in which to process our daily life and response to change. What, exactly, is getting my attention in the midst of this transition? Is it all of my stress? All of my fears, worries, or dislikes? How do I find my center? Where and when is my attention on God in the midst of all of this?
I love how Paul describes being a Christian in this passage. He doesn’t use the word Christian, or some of our other more common descriptors like, disciple or person of faith, but he does use two terms that I think we could use a little more time considering – a new creation and ambassador.
It is one thing to talk about all the good that God can do through these changes and the power of transformation. It is another thing to live through it. It almost seems like every day we are experiencing some new way of experiencing change.
How does the Spirit work like that? With such gentleness and calm, no matter how the whirlwind may rage, to guide us to the space we need to breathe. To be.
I’ve been taking naps lately. I used to nap a lot when I was younger, but have since gotten out of the habit – until now. I think some of it has to do with the letdown that has come with the end of the-year-like-no-other. Some of it has to do with my recalibration to […]
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 NRSV Motivation. It’s a big deal and I don’t think I’m alone in spending time thinking about it. I’ve often struggled with understanding the motivations of others […]
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40 NIV Today’s devotion is […]
A few weeks ago I was taking an early morning walk. As I walked down the street, I noticed dark, ominous clouds ahead of me. It was windy. I found myself reflecting that it was going to be a gloomy day. It looked like the darkness wouldn’t end. “Just one of those days,” I grumbled […]