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When Paul describes us as "earthen vessels" in the verse above, he doesn't use the word for "good china." He's talking about ordinary, everyday dishes.
God doesn't comfort us in our exclusion, our injustice, or our defense of systemic oppression. God doesn't comfort us in our complacency, our complicity, or our sin.
Consider the Elishas you know: good, faithful people caught in a mess of someone else's making, trying with everything they've got to hang on.
Emily C. Heath
Our families teach us who we are, and who we can be. And sometimes God creates families for us in the most amazing ways.
Faith rarely asks us to stand flat-footed with our heads above water. It beckons us to a point where we can't touch.
He doesn't know who he is. He doesn't know who anyone is. Where is he if he isn't here? Who is he if he isn't who he was?
Jesus doesn't say anything about dialing back our desires. He doesn't tell us what we should want. And he certainly doesn't suggest we might not deserve what we long for.
God sees straight into your heart. God sees the awful, cringeworthy parts. And She does not say, "What's wrong with you?"
Death is part of life. My brother Jesse is irreplaceable and he is gone.
It is the truth that God loves the world, is for all creatures, and is present with us in every endeavor to make real that love in concrete ways.