I came across this a few days ago. I originally wrote it sometime in the first months after I was ordained; I’ve polished it a little to reflect my own growth and development over the past nine years. I pray it resonates with you as it did with me when I found it again. WhenContinue reading “Whose”
I am regularly astonished by the thought of God knowing me, knowing my name, knowing the hairs on my head (even and perhaps especially the grey ones), wanting only the best for me. I’m also regularly amazed that God is willing to use my simple human efforts to bring about The Kingdom on earth asContinue reading “To Whom We Belong”
Our Lenten journey is to shape us into kingdom people who continuously seek to make more room for the awareness of God’s presence. The purpose is the journey. The purpose is being.
We are human. We see others and the world around us from our perspective, as we are. It takes intentional effort to learn to ask, “what am I choosing not to see?” so that we can better see things as they are.
With Jesus, we belong because of who we already are: beloved children of God.
When we discover our sense of belonging from the image of God within us, our whole identity isn’t shattered when we let go of our connection (either willingly or forced) to a particular group because we have set our vision on godly things instead of human things. We are God’s beloved children, God’s people, and that can never be destroyed. We have been given the everlasting gift of belonging through Jesus.
As human beings we are created with a need to belong because we are created by the ultimate community of God, Three in One, inseparable yet distinct. This sense of belonging is critical to our wellbeing. Way back when as I was in conversation with my bishop about where I’d go to seminary, I visitedContinue reading “Second Choice”
Happy twelfth day of Christmas, Y’all! On the twelfth day of Christmas, Yahweh gives to us: Belonging. Belonging, Community, Tribe, My People, Quaranteam. We use a lot of different words to describe that experience of being with others who authentically accept us and truly want the best for us and for us to be ourContinue reading “On the Twelfth Day of Christmas …”