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The trappings of national religion don’t seem quite right for the sovereign we await, who arrives as a vulnerable child, who will die at the hands of the State.
Jesus’ coming is not what many people imagine. ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ is nothing short of a plea for the renewal of humanity, an indictment of the distinctions we have made ultimate.
I have glimpsed enough to be convinced that the things of God that are invisible have the power to transform lives, congregations, communities, and even societies.
May you and all those gathered with you know the difference between being healed and being saved, between being fed and being blessed. May you not take for granted grace and beauty.
I am slowly learning that you can’t conquer a tantrum. When my kids’ emotions get too big for them, I can only enter the whirlwind and offer them a hand: an anchor and a way out.
Is God’s grace for you? For us? Could it be for all? It’s not something we can earn by opening our commentaries, or learning Greek, or getting it right. It’s a gift freely given.
What we have done to others cannot be undone, yet God calls us to the hard work of building community for all people, that love and justice that reflect God’s measure.
Jesus was a good friend, even to those who had no other friends. But sometimes I rely too heavily on my cozy friend Jesus. Today, Reign of Christ Sunday, Jesus is our Salvation.
The television show The Wire has taught me many things. Like: know the board you’re on, the rules of the game. The chessboard favors a monarch, but our God lifts up the poor.
Sometimes we need the refuge of a strong fortress. But sometimes we need a refuge of a place to rest and refuel, a safe place to nest and bring forth new life.