But the Master’s voice is not speaking here. I know because I suddenly hear it, very faint, very far away. I have to stop all talking, all moving, even all thinking, and turn around. It’s coming from somewhere out there, out beyond the Jordan, in the uncivilized, unnamed places.
God rolls up his sleeve and flexes some muscle on this Feast of the Annunciation.
For forty days we have walked the way of repentance. We have been taught the lesson of forgiveness. Now, from the cross, Jesus tells us: It is finished. We are saved. We are forgiven.
Ever wonder why you’ve been made the way you are? Today’s Speaking to the Soul encourages us to ask.
Bonhoeffer imagines the church “under the cross.” So too our gospel reading for today turns our faces toward the cross and dares to reimagine what it means, just as we are being called to reimagine the Church and what it means in this time and place.
Cranmer helps us ask God to pour out both grace and mercy over us, forgiveness and blessing, the weft and warp of our lives seeking God.
There are many kinds of bread that we will eat in the course of a day, a week, a life. Let’s not forget to eat the bread of life that Jesus offers.
We are like crocuses in the brown flower beds. The children of God are something special. We are heirs, joint heirs with Christ, of God’s freedom and glory. Pushing our way into the light we bring to the world color that has never been seen before. We are meant for nothing less than setting the world free from its bondage to decay.
How is God the potter shaping our lives and our communities today?
"So I want to give thanks to God without ceasing. He frequently forgave my lack of wisdom and my negligence, and more than once did not become very angry with me, the one who was meant to be his helper. I was not quick to accept what he showed me, and so the Spirit prompted me. The Lord was merciful to me a thousand thousand times, because he saw in me that I was ready, but that I did not know what I should do about the state of my life."
from the Confession of St Patrick
Paul describes Christians as widows who are open to new life and love in Christ.
The giving of our time, talents, and treasure is great–but giving to the place where we are hollow, exhausted, and empty ignores God’s good creation in ourselves, and leads to the sin of self-diminishment or self-negation at the expense of others.
Jeremiah 13:1-11 When the contents of the tomb of Tutankhamen was opened and the contents revealed, surprisingly enough there were…
Listening is a two-way street in our relationship with God.
John 8:21-32 I used to have a wonderful, sensitive and intelligent dog, a Labrador retriever mix, who was frightened of…