In the stories of our most ancient faith ancestors, God instructs them to conduct festivals and feasts so that they and their children and their children’s children will remember certain things: remember who God is, remember who they are, remember all that God has done for them. When Jesus instructs the disciples during the last meal he eats with them, he says to do what he’s shown them in order to remember.
All that we do in our form of worship is to equip us to be God’s people and reveal God’s love to the world. … Do you ever find yourself feeling like you left the benefits of the sacrament contained in a box at the church door?
Why do we say “back to normal”? Can’t normal be in front of us? Over the past year as just about everything I thought I knew about anything changed, I’ve been training myself to use typical or regular instead of normal. The word normal seems stuck in time, immoveable, riveted in place. Perhaps it isContinue reading “Toward Normal”
Once upon a time in my younger years, I injured a disc in my lower back. My doc recommended me to a physical therapist who had helped other patients avoid back surgery with exercise. Even though I’ve never described myself as athletic and in general ‘exercise’ is not my activity of choice (I only exerciseContinue reading “Off Balance”
Here it is we find ourselves on a Monday morning again, the cycle of God’s creation always moving from one day to the next, one week, month, season, and year. Even with the cooler temperatures of early March, I’m noticing the longer days as we move closer toward the Spring equinox. Did you know thatContinue reading “The Rhythm of Today”
Yesterday we looked at a story told by the good news story writer Luke that begins with the question “what must I do to gain eternal life”, and provides us with the proper perspective on being a good neighbor and living eternal life here and now grounded in Love. Today, let’s look at a similarContinue reading “Life as God gives it”
The phrase “keep us in Eternal Life” is used at various times in the prayers books of the Anglican Communion. In the Episcopal Church, we use it as part of the absolution of sins and in the Church of England it is one of the phrases spoken while giving the bread and wine of HolyContinue reading “Keep us in Eternal Life”
Rest in God’s light knowing that in the darkest of times, we are not alone and can help each other see light and hope and love and compassion.
Years ago when I had to be in the hospital for several days, a friend gave me holding cross. It came in this lovely gift box with a poem that I have long since lost. But the cross is well worn. I still hold it often in prayer. I may not be able to find where I put that all important reminder note but I can always find my holding cross by my comfy chair or on my desk.
It’s not just ok to stop along the path and take a breath and rest, it is necessary and required. Our journey of following Jesus to be the Kingdom people God calls us to be is a lifelong journey. We have all the time in the world. Rest isn’t delaying the journey it is part of it.