Have you ever taken an early morning or evening walk when the sun hasn’t risen or after it has set? You can see the objects but you can’t see their color. Everything is some shade of gray. There is no light to illuminate them. After the sun rises, even if it is overcast, you can see color; but when the sun is present, we see the brilliant scarlets of azaleas (soon to be here!), the golden yellow of forsythia, or the soft violet of lilacs. Continue reading →
Be inspired and encouraged with a weekly reflection on God’s Word and every day life.
How would you describe peace? I checked several dictionaries and much to my surprise, I found that peace was defined as “an absence of war.” So the first definition for peace is a description of what it is not.
I noticed that ultimately all definitions of peace were based in relationship: relationships of one nation to another, of communities to its members, of individuals with each other and one’s relationship with oneself. Peace goes from global, local, person-to-person and finally to the self. Continue reading →
Has this Lenten season been really intense for you? Has it been soothing and reflective for you? Has it been life-changing? Did you know it was the Lenten season? Well, last chance! This is Holy Week and Lent will soon be over.
You see, we sometimes tend to isolate this time of year and forget that mercy, compassion, repentance and forgiveness are lifetime goals. We don’t just try them out for 40 days.
So next year, when the ashes are placed on your forehead and you hear words like, “Repent and believe the Good News,” you just might be able to say AMEN because it is what you have been doing and will continue to do every day of the year, not just for the 40 days called Lent.
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.” – Jeremiah 18:6
Last month I mentioned that I have been a potter for about 20 years and recently I see more clearly the reason why God gave this gift to me. In Jeremiah 18, God speaks of the potter forming and reforming the clay. After all this time, I think now that the clay is forming me. Continue reading →
Lent is not defined by our individual programs of suffering and self-denial. As I mused in my February blog, at the heart of the season is “fastening” to God and one another. And if you will indulge me in a little more word-play, the fastening to God involves some nagging difficulties. The Hole and the Whole. The Hole is the neediness we carry from our birth, and the community, the Whole, is both support and trial, blessing and burden. Continue reading →