United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Mark

God, help me listen, love, listen, learn. Let myself be available. Let myself stay awake because there is a lot of Gethsemane out there, and let me listen.


Church has never closed. It just moved into new and dispersed realms. And you know what? In many ways, this incarnation of Church is better than ever.


The original Easter story has still never ended. It goes on, in endless song, above earth’s lamentations.


How wondrous to rediscover the language and literary style of Jesus, whose words are forever unveiling themselves in new and ancient forms.


Just for today, become a God-watcher. Stop frequently in your travels from here to there. Lift up your heart, put your senses on alert, filter through the ordinary for the extraordinary.


Our neighbors are generous and loving. The world as God envisions it is near. Fluff wins. Repent of fearmongering, and believe it.


It’s said that life is God’s gift to us and what we do with life is our gift back to God. I take it a step further: My life belongs to God. My life is God’s currency in the world.


I’ve believed that I deserve life’s storms. I’ve believed it serves me right. And I’ve known the feeling of relief when adversity subsides, when the end allows me to begin again.


It occurs to me that my guilt reflects vanity and weak faith. Taking responsibility for one's actions is good; nagging guilt, however, is evidence of self-absorption, turning away from God. 


Matt Laney

Sometimes the experience of Jesus way-back-when blocks our ability to recognize him here-and-now.