Oh Friday, I have longed for you to come and free me! Warning: It’s been a weird week, this little mind dump could be interesting. Republican National Convention: Did you watch that? I did until I couldn’t stomach anymore. The … Continue reading
The gym and I have this agreement: I will visit daily, but it must save a treadmill for me in the very back row. I don’t like being up front where others can see parts of me moving like they’ve … Continue reading
Anyone who has experienced grief will tell you that the impact upon the heart always comes a shock. It is always bigger and heavier than you expect. Grief has such a way of catching us off guard. Sometimes it is … Continue reading
Psalm 62: A Psalm of David For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken. How long will you assail a … Continue reading
In regard to heresies, Barth quotes Irenaeus, an early church father of the early third century. Irenaeus was a vehement defender of the Christian faith against the insidious attacks of Gnosticism. Here is what he said regarding heresy: For though … Continue reading
My heart needs frequent reminders of who I am and who is God. Music has been a meaningful way of connecting to God for me. Through music I’m able to let me thoughts drift from troubling or trivial circumstances until … Continue reading
O God, keep us from the things which are bound to make life unhappy.
Keep us from the eyes which can always find some fault to see; the tongue which can always find something to grumble about; the heart which can always find some grudge and some bitterness to cherish.
Keep us from the perverseness which does not want anything it gets, and which always wants what it has not got; the ingratitude which does not even realize what it is getting; the attitude of mind which lives in resentment.
Give us the even temper which can take things as they come; the sense of humor which can always find some cause to smile; the gratitude which can always find something for which to be thankful; the cheerfulness which not all earth’s shadows and disappointments can extinguish.
Give us the spirit which can enjoy live, and which can help others enjoy it. ~William Barclay (from A Barclay Prayer Book)
Amen and Amen.
“The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:25-26
Where is God and what is He doing? Why does He let it all continue? Why won’t He hold out His hand as He did against the raging Red Sea and hold back the waters so that His people can … Continue reading
I think giving is a lot like prayer. It doesn’t change God. It changes us.
When was the last time you gave a gift that made a difference in the life of someone else? Odds are that you walked away with a sense of satisfaction that money can’t buy…God didn’t just give to us, but he also hardwired us to give.
The invitation to give extends beyond name-brand purchases and well-wrapped gifts…We are invited to be generous in our relationships.
The invitation is imitation.
God demonstrated how he wants us to live through Jesus, not as people living merely for ourselves, but as those living for something greater. We are generous in our relationships when we choose inclusion over exclusion, forgiveness over a grudge, and righteousness over merely being right. In our relationships, we get down and dirty in the practice of giving. In our relationships, we are given another opportunity to reflect and further resemble God. ~Margaret Feinberg, Organic God.
As you begin a new week, consider who needs your relational generosity.
My observation is that we’ve become overly protective in our relationships: Waiting for others to make the first move. Hiding behind Facebook platitudes. Acting disinterested to cover the fear of rejection. I struggle with all these things too.
Image-bearing calls us to big giving.
Yesterday as I was exiting church, I received the biggest hug from someone I wouldn’t say I know well. There was nothing stand-offish or insincere about it. Everything about that very big hug said, “I’m going out on a line to make sure you know I’m genuinely glad you are a small part of my day. You matter.” I received it as a gift from the Lord. The invitation is indeed imitation!
Who is relationally generous with you? How do they demonstrate it?
How and with whom can you be generous today?
[This quote is from Margaret Feinberg’s Organic God. I’m on my second read of it and being just as challenged as the first time. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you get to it. Pronto.]
A humbling, necessary, and timely reminder: Even if only from the standpoint of the end, or from without, God’s contingent visitation does affect the existence of man, and therefore the gift of its promise by faith is a divine determination … Continue reading