Be inspired and encouraged with a weekly reflection on God’s Word and every day life.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Early in the morning recently, a friend of mine called me gasping for breath and needing to vent her frustration about something going on at work. She was exasperated, hassled and about to burst into tears. Unable to find her center, she rambled on about what appeared to be simple things that got out of hand, or miscommunication that created tension. She needed a safe place to rage against a situation that was making her feel crazy. She had a legitimate gripe and no one and no way to be heard where she worked. So she called me. Continue reading →
Jesus is the image of the invisible God – Colossians 1:15
Several weeks ago, two sisters and I drove east from Ohio to Rhode Island. This was the same week as Pope Francis’ visit. As we traveled east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, we saw huge electric traffic signs reading, “Pope Francis in Philadelphia. Take alternate route.” In New York, the signs read, “Major event in NYC. Expect delays.” Likewise in New Jersey, we were advised, “Major event. Make alternate plans.” We weren’t able to attend the festivities but we did watch and listen to the Pope’s words and actions throughout his visit. Continue reading →
In today’s Gospel (Luke 9:57-62) Jesus speaks in an unfamiliar way, one that left me wondering what was going on. This gentle, forgiving Jesus tells us if we wish to follow him there is to be no concern for practical questions like where to lay your head or whether or not you should bury the dead, or grieve your losses. No hesitations. “Let the dead bury the dead.”
To understand this surprising approach, we need to look at the bigger picture. Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem, his death is in sight and there are so many people who still need to hear his message. He must have been anxious to focus on what mattered most to him, even as it seemed the disciples just weren’t getting it. Continue reading →
OK, so I had another morning when I had to go out and clean out the crape myrtle leaves from my car’s trunk and around the windshield. Every morning? Really? And if you do not clean out the leaves and gunk, there will be a dark residue forming that makes you think the car is corroding.
But have you ever seen a crape myrtle in bloom? There is a very, very faint scent to the flower and it does not last long. There are white crapes, red or rose colored ones, and sometimes a deep ruby colored flower. Being upset with nature or enjoying the fruits of its growth, which defines you? Continue reading →