Grace and Peace to you this morning. Grace and Peace. What does Jesus do when he sees a hungering crowd? He feeds them. Do you notice he does not feed the leper, he does not clothe the thirsty, he does … Continue reading
Do not store up treasures on earth, where moth, or rust, or thief, or
fire can steal them. Where your heart in, there your treasure will be
I believe this has a lot to do with what we mean when we say Enjoy
This Life. It has to do with what we treasure, with whom we treasure.
And it has to do with what we worry about. Continue reading
What does it mean to share? To share earthly and spiritual resources? We have seen this again and
again. When someone we love has died, we show up at the house with food. We show up at the funeral
home with hugs and love and words of grace. We pray with and for the family at the funeral. We sit
around the tables and tell stories. Continue reading
Being the church means being in covenant, and seeing people how God sees them. The God who makes us free from Pharaoh and Egypt, free from Caesar and Rome, free from just being cogs in the marketplace. It means that the inherent worth, dignity, values, love for, hope for, and place in the people for whom Jesus lived, died and rose again, of each and every person is the same. Continue reading
History is painful, so why revisit it? Whenever we hear someone say that we are past racism, it is a way of covering over our history as a nation, denying that systems and institutions have disadvantage large segments of society. What is desired is a pleasant fiction that the playing field is now level, and even, and we all start from here and move forward. Such an ahistorical view denies reality. Continue reading
You have been through the valley of the shadow of death. I know some of your stories. Some of you have walked through the valley of the dry bones of broken relationships, or loss of employment, or loss of health, or the death of a loved one, where your heart lies there on the dry and dusty valley floor, and you have cried to God, “Lord, can anything in this valley of dry bones live?”
And maybe some are still walking there today… Continue reading
Forgive us God, as we forgive those around us. Forgive us where we have failed, messed up, gotten it wrong, or hurt ourselves or someone else, as we forgive those who we feel have failed us, have messed up our stuff, have gotten it wrong and hurt us or those we love.
That little word “as” can get us in all sorts of trouble. Continue reading
There is a story I heard many years ago about a woman walking in Chicago in the winter time. She saw a homeless man walking along without a coat. She was struck by his plight and she turned around and took off her coat and gave it to him. And he said, “You really don’t know what I need, do you?”
Chances are, if we have not been in contact with people struggling with poverty, we don’t know what it is that they need. Things like food, and shelter and clothing, but also dignity and safety and rest. Continue reading
In Genesis, it is said that God planned on making human beings in God’s image and likeness, and giving humanity dominion over all the creatures and beasts and cattle and creeping things on earth. And the word “dominion” has cause no end of debate.
Are we to dominate and subdue the whole earth, using all of it for our own purposes, to meet our own needs, wants and desires? Or are we designed to be God’s lieutenants, taking care of creation on behalf of God?
There is a phrase used twice in our Gospel story this morning. And in storytelling, when a phrase gets used over and over, you know it is important. The angel says it. Then Jesus says it.
Do. Not. Be. Afraid. Continue reading