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'Silence is golden,' but following God isn’t about silencing. It’s about listening. It’s about considering Something More Important. It’s about honoring the roar of God’s voice.
Sometimes our not doing allows something to be done for us and in us that is far more wonderful than we might accomplish on our own through our striving and worry.
As a white person, I carry privilege all the time. Privilege of which I am not even aware. Privilege that just makes me want more privilege. It’s past time to check that baggage.
King David had misgivings about a “free-range God.” Quite often, so do we: preferring God to stay where we put Them as a mirror of our own values and biases.
“Good Jesus, money matters. We need it. But don’t let us damage relationships to get it. Don’t let our hearts fill with cash the space that is reserved for love.”
Spontaneity can be grossly overrated. Serendipitous moments are exciting but hardly sustaining. Sustained discipleship requires a lot of preparation and a lot of checks and balances.
Bless a baptismal font filled with water, and you have before you: the stuff you’re made of, more important than food, stronger than stone. Not just a symbol of grace but the real thing.
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." - Psalm 19
We who parent are a tool in the hand of the Divine, working with the wood grain of children to help them become who God intends them to be. But God alone is the Carpenter.
Do we attract folks when we use modern vernacular in the life of faith? Or is that taking the Lord’s name in vain? Are we against cursing or are we against people being damned?