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God, today a few thousand UCC leaders come down the mountain from General Synod 32. May the blessing they've received, renew us all.
Although the psalmist assures us God will shoot an arrow at our enemies, I am grown up enough to forgive a childhood transgression. Until I realize that I have been unfriended.
Consider the possibility that the peace you're seeking may come as simply as stopping for a moment and deciding not to argue. May come as simply as listening to that still, speaking Voice.
It is not bad to fear; it is a natural response to danger. Problems arise when fear takes over. Fear cannot take the lead, especially as we do the work of God.
Before God calls us out to minister to the world's needs, God first asks us to be honest about what we need. God knows, our souls can run dry.
Hate and haters are so easy to hate. We cannot fall for that. We are called to have the courage to choose love, alongside our rejection of hatred.
If you scream at somebody often enough in the name of religion, they just might decide it sounds better to be whatever it is you've been calling them than whatever it is you call yourself.
I remember that even the all-powerful Christ was moved to tears by loss. I remember these tears, and I weep. Jesus knew we'd need permission to cry sometimes.
The deeper realities of life often escape common prose. Poetry is the attempt to express that which is not easily expressible. Poetry speaks the things that defy being spoken.
Serving people who can't reciprocate your benevolence is a good thing. Learning not to feel slightly defrauded that they don't is better.