Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Inconceivable!

How does God pay attention to all that is going on in our world? Billions of people, animals and plants from the oceans to the mountaintops. And yet, we hear Jesus say in Matthew 10:29-31, “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more…

Saltiness & Light

Have you lost your saltiness and hidden your light?  The Similitudes 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world.…

A Summer Prayer

“Summer is the season when nature comes into its fullness.” Angeles Arrien Summer begins on Saturday, June 21. Not only does nature come into its fullness, but we too can move toward fullness during these long, warm days. A prayer by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr: May you breathe in the beauty of summer with…

The Perks

Dear Dads and Others, Should you make your children go to church? People have debated both sides of that issue for generations. The author Anne Lamott tells why she made her son Sam go to church when he was a teenager. “I made him go because I can… I outweighed him by nearly 75 pounds. But that was…

Tough Times & Thankfulness

Tough times make us all reach down into the depths of our souls to discover and recover morsels of gratitude.  Right now, think of ten things for which you are grateful.  Nope. Don’t read on.  Stop. Make yourself do it.  Ten things. How do you feel?  Did you find yourself reminiscing about the memories that coincide with some of the…

Sunday to Monday | Impossible

We gathered to worship in what has become our normal – via the stream. The Spirit connects us together through mystery. If you were unable to be with us, you can watch here. The question we considered was “How many impossible things have you believed today?” The story from Genesis 18:1-15 of Abraham and Sarah…

The Side of the Helpless

God is gracious – it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me. Psalm 116:5-6 Msg God is gracious and God does make things right. But not always when or how we want. And…

Gratitude Journal

I have heard people talk about their gratitude journals. Me? I don’t have one. Or should I say, I didn’t have one. It is amazing what a pandemic can do to change your way of thinking. Over the course of the past months, I have been awakened to all the things I have in my…

Burning the Mist

The old saying of the newspaper business said, “If it bleeds, it leads.”  Unfortunately, that saying is still true and we can become overwhelmed with the overload of negative news in today’s world.  Right now, the news seems to be especially depressing with the coronavirus, George Floyd’s death and the economic recession.  With no shortage…

Get Low, Get High

Dear Artists (Which is all of you), An artist created a statue for the hallway of a church. It was a statue of Jesus kneeling before a basin with a towel in his hand. Jesus is looking intently downward as if he is about to wash someone’s feet. When asked why she created a statue of…