Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Life Together

“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods and divided them among all, as anyone had need.  So, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.”  Acts 2:44-46

We can learn a lot today from the early disciples.  We could all learn to live in a more inclusive, communal way.    Times have changed and how we share the gifts God have given us vary in many ways.  How do we define family?  Family can be those we live with, those we worship with, those we reach out to protect, provide care for and to guide.  Family is those we learn from.  Family is any group of people who know God’s Love binds them together.

“Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.”  Colossians 1:22

Family can be a big, messy, laughing group of people who care for each other.  They grow one person at a time, one day at a time.  They grow and change and still stay wondrously the same in their love.  When we invite God into our everyday stories anything can happen.  

Below are some thoughts on living your story with God’s family, in prayer.

“Everyone’s life is filled with conflict and failure and fear, love and betrayal, loss and salvation.  Every day is a story, a morning beginning and evening ending that are boundaries for people who go about their tasks with more or less purpose, go to war, make love, earn a living, scheme, sin and believe.  Everything is connected.  Meaning is everywhere.  The days add up to a life that is a story.  All prayer is prayed in a story, by someone who is in the story…Prayers are prayed by people who live stories.”  “Answering God” Eugene H. Peterson

Abba Father, We thank you for drawing us together in your love.  Thank you for Jesus our mentor and friend.  Help us to live a life of love and prayer in communal relationship with our earthly family.  Help us to give with compassion, and to freely share this gift of forgiveness, to let go and be ready to learn and grow.  We invite you into our stories.  We trust your presence, the love, the joy and the peace, you so wondrously give. Amen      

Lois Autterson