Elijah teaches us that God is so willing to answer our prayers that we have only to ask. No cutting, dancing, or begging required.
Perhaps we need to look for little bits of wisdom that are like shiny shells in the sand. They are easily overlooked and they require a modicum of effort to bend over and pick up, but there is a small slice of the world that can be held in the hand and observed. It can be a tiny piece that can be the lynch pin for solving the whole puzzle before us.
These days, our readings from Proverbs keep offering us wisdom, sip by sip.
After her death we learned that for the entire time she was working with the lowliest of sufferers she felt an absence of God’s presence in her life that left her in agonizing desolation.
Do messy houses and / or rebellious children disqualify us from ministry today?
by Maria Evans Readings for the feast day of Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop in the United States …
Today’s reading from Proverbs has some sound investment advice.
I am still waiting for a few of my failures, some of my wounds, to turn to joy. Jesus forgot to say exactly when the joy would come. But, I am hopeful.
There are people outside who want so much to believe this is true, but they have been wounded by churches who initially welcomed them but then turned against them for one reason or another.
From a legal point of view, it’s best not to put some things in writing. The same may be true from a loving point of view as well.
Both of us were slaves at work for our Master, begging, shelling out coins, and bringing the blessing of holy worship to our people.
Some days, we just can’t win. At least Jesus has been there before us and shares our frustration as we seek to serve others.
As my housemate recently said: ‘I don’t know if I am dancing more because I feel better, or if I feel better because I am dancing more.’
In the midst of graduation season, what type of wisdom will we pursue?
Wherever you are called to go, go with the knowledge that you have received the power you need — not from things, or achievements, or other people — but by fire, and by wind, and by love.