Seeking: Who Will You Listen To?
In order to engage in the spiritual practice of seeking, we must maintain a posture of listening, staying open and curious instead of calloused and closed off. Who will you listen to? Whose voices—and what messages—take up too much space in your head? From the onslaught of messaging we receive, we are invited to choose carefully.
What’s Broken Can Be Mended: Cracks In Everything (1 John 4:7-19)
We learn, we hear, we teach that God IS Love. That all love comes from God and God continually shares that love with each one of us. No matter what. And yet…we just don’t always feel it. Or know it. Or see it. It’s right there, all the time, and yet sometimes we just can’t believe it.
If God is love, then why do we feel unlovable?
What’s Broken Can Be Mended: It Can Begin With You
“What’s Broken Can Be Mended: Wouldn’t You Rather Hear…”
The Beatitudes are a series of promises, or blessings, from God to people who are struggling with life, grief, poverty, injustice, hopelessness. But let’s be honest…not one of us desires to go through any of these things. Wouldn’t we rather hear that we don’t have to, ever? Wouldn’t that be a better promise?
But none of us are promised a life free of struggle. So what is God’s promise, and how can we trust that it’s there when we need it the most?
Say Yes to Rest: Sabbath as Escape (Matthew 11:28-30)
Sabbath interrupts our routines and helps us reset our bodies, minds, and spirits into a healthier space. Whether our lives are comfortable or difficult there are always things we need to escape from, even just temporarily. We already know we could all use a break, but what we struggle with is how to take that break. We think we can’t take a break until all our tasks are finished, but that’s impossible. There’s a never-ending list of things we need to finish. Perhaps instead we could think of Sabbath as a resting place along our journey of life—and that’s where we find what we need to be able to continue on that journey.
Say Yes to Rest: Sabbath as Resistance (Exodus 20:1-11)
We live in a culture where more is often never enough and we fill our days with the anxious and restless pursuit of more…more stuff, more activities, more accolades, more work. How do we understand that production is not our life’s work? How do we stop consuming our lives and live in a way that recognizes the value of our relationships with one another?
God created a day of rest and asks us to honor it…can we do that in today’s culture and how would it change our lives for the better?
Say Yes to Rest: Sabbath as Rhythm (Matthew 14:13-24)
Do you ever feel as if you’re schedule is too full, too busy? That you’re anxiously and hurriedly running through life, never able to quite catch up on all you need to do? How do you get it all done? Do you know anyone, yourself included, who is not tired?
We’re not meant to be constantly busy. While we’re meant to live our lives as fully as possible that also means regular and intentional rest for our bodies, minds, and souls. It’s not easy to let go of all the internal and external demands on our time. But what if there’s a better way? A way that God’s built into our lives that can help us do what needs to be done and also protects our mental health?
From Generation to Generation: We Choose a Better Way (Matthew 1:18-25)
Joseph had choices to make when he learned that Mary was pregnant. He could have exposed her to shame and harassment from her community. Instead, he chose a different path, a path that was compassionate and faithful. He choose to do the right thing for Mary, Jesus, and himself because of his faith. He choose peace over violence, grace over condemnation. He choose his “yes” to God, just as Mary did before him, and it made all the difference in his life.
When have you had to make a difficult choice in your life? When have you had to choose a better way, knowing that way could be harder and messier? What difference has it made in your life and in your faith?
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