An exploration of the wide, expansive nature of God through the study of scripture.
"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" Romans 8:15
The violent attack on innocent young lives in Newtown Ct. happened right in the middle of our Advent season. A season of waiting. This morning I was starkly reminded of the power of waiting, as I dropped my kids off at school; knowing that many kids are scared today because the illusion of peace had been stripped bare over the weekend. It will take time to heal.
The sad and horrific event reminds us that we desperately need a Prince of Peace. We need God-with-Us for our world to change. We pray this Advent for a day when violence will be no more for all of our children.
Friday June 30, 2017 Psalm
23 TheLordis my shepherd. I lack nothing. 2 He lets me rest in grassy
meadows; he leads me to restful waters; 3 he keeps mealive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name. 4 Even when I walk through the
darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me. 5 You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over! 6 Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will livein theLord’s house as long as I live.
Pray a prayer of gratitude today and allow
the psalm to be your guide. Take time to
think about your day, what are you grateful for? Write down all of these moments as way to capture
your gratitude. Offer up prayers of
gratitude throughout your day.
Daily reading: Luke 3:1-22 Sunday, January 8, 2017 Focus passage: John went throughout the region of the
Jordan River, calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing
their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins. Luke 3:3 Grace is such a rich word; it doesn’t happen in
isolation, it happens in community. The gospel writer, Luke, likes to ground his testimony
in history, a place and time, when someone can see the movement of God, a moment
of grace. Whenever I read the third chapter of Luke, I always
think of the beginning of a Star Wars movie.
(Not Rogue One, which doesn’t offer you the scroll to place you in a
particular time and place, but you know what I mean, you see the yellow letters
in a black outer space scene scrolling; saying: “long, long ago in a galaxy
far, far away” and then you read a bunch of details.) Luke begins by listing names of political and religious
leaders so that we can pinpoint a specific time in history. He is setting the stage…
reading: Luke 15:11-32 Friday,
March 24, 2017 Focus passage: Then
the older son was furious and didn’t want to enter in, but his father came out
and begged him. He answered his father,
‘Look, I’ve served you all these years, and I never disobeyed your
instruction. Yet you’ve never given me
as much as a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.” Luke
15:28-29 The older son speaks out strongly for those who do not
take risks but stay and do what is expected of them. Through his rant we can hear familiar voices
say, “but I followed the rules and did what I was told and HE DIDN’T, where is
MY reward?” But it hits on much deeper cords in our life. Through his voice we can hear the strain and
resistance to change in our lives. We
can hear the pain of moving forward and leaving behind. We can hear the resistance to celebrate anything
other than what is familiar. We can
perhaps at times (maybe more than we want to admit) relate to the self
righteous rant of the older son. Withi…