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Unless we know our weakness, we start believing that the world’s betterment hinges on us, that we are saviors. Unless we relinquish the solace of outcomes, the work turns bitter.
We can travel more lightly if we drop our demands along the way and pick up our gratitude gear. We can enjoy the world that God made and is remaking.
Maybe you woke up thinking about some catastrophe, and you shouted at God, 'These are your people.' Don’t be surprised when God points to them and says, 'They are your people.'
Jesus was forever crossing borders visible and invisible, tearing down fences and walls, and enlarging pastures so that all could live in safety, peace and plenty.
Does the leaf know the changing seasons, the looming changes, the shifting light? Does it welcome the transformation? Do we notice and have the courage to welcome change?
In crisis, we might be tempted to blame or belittle God. But Eugene Peterson suggests that current events call us to 'immediate awareness that … we are always dealing with God.'
On this day, of all days, we repent of our divisive ways, we commit to cooperate instead of conspire, and we find our security in the God of Many Names and No Borders.
If you’ve been gripped by self-doubt and felt the overwhelming urge to run and hide, Psalm 91 says, 'Go for it!' Imagine God as a big ol’ bird with a down chest to snuggle against.
It’s easy to aspire to be the Good Samaritan. It requires deeper, spiritual work to relate to the one who feels abandoned in the ditch. But ditch happens. To all of us.
In the eyes of God, “darkness” is not an underbelly, not an underdog position, not a thing to fear. Darkness is healing space, resting space, uninterrupted space for blessings.