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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.
We need to wonder what the old U.S. self has to say to the new U.S. self, and what it might finally look like to "put off" the old self.
Would it be the worst thing in the world to curl up in a blanket with a bowl of cereal and watch cartoons? This is the Lord's day. Enjoy it.
Our compulsion to consume news risks filling us with an anxiety and outrage that can enervate our ability to act. It lures us into a kind of idolatry—thinking that it all depends on us.