October 13, 2019

October 13, 2019

Maybe there is a difference between our bodies being made clean or healthy and our whole selves being made well. It seems the only factor that differentiates the nine from the one is gratitude, thankfulness, a recognition in the moment of God’s graciousness. Maybe it is the awakening of gratitude, of not taking things for granted, that enables us to see the miraculous in the present moment.

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October 6, 2019

October 6, 2019

The point Jesus is making with his disciples and us, is that we have already been given all the faith we need. By trusting in God’s love for us in Jesus we have all the resources of God. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean we will get everything we want, but maybe Jesus is trying to help us see that if we have God and each other, all the rest will take care of itself, one mustard seed at a time.

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September 22, 2019

September 22, 2019

But Jesus uses this moment to teach everyone around him that deep forgiveness results in deep love. And the image for forgiveness that he uses is the cancelation of debt. Jesus tells the people a story about a man who cancels two debts, one large and one small. The people listening to the story agree that the one who owed the most money would be the most grateful for debt forgiveness, and would respond with the most love.

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September 15, 2019

September 15, 2019

Jesus is comparing himself to the shepherd and the woman. Instead of grumbling about the people he hangs out with, he suggests, the Pharisees should come to the party to celebrate their return. When I put myself in the same role that Jesus does, that of searching shepherd and seeking woman, I feel bad that I lost something in the first place. I get unstuck when I remember that I am also the lost sheep and the misplaced coin. I have been sought and found.

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September 8, 2019

September 8, 2019

Baptism is not just a nice little symbolic act that we go through for our kids and ourselves to join this club we call church. Rather, baptism is a statement about who God is claiming us to be, part of a new reality and a new family that has unequivocal status in our lives. Our new last name is Christian and our parent is God and Jesus is our older sibling. We have chosen a new family and these are your new brothers and sisters.

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