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
Scripture: Mark 4: 26-34
Consider a mustard seed.When scattered on the ground, it’s the
smallest of all the seeds on the earth; but when it’s planted, it grows and
becomes the largest of all vegetable plants. Mark 4:31
The mustard shrub in the Ancient Near East was an
invasive weed.Farmers would never
welcome it into their fields and surely wouldn’t plant it.And I so I image that the original audience
had some thinking to do before they could really hear what Jesus was trying to
teach them.Once you get beyond the absurdity
of the whole set up, you begin to realize that what Jesus is teaching us is
that the Kingdom of God is absurd to those who don’t understand it.
And not only that, but it is invasive and grows where
it isn’t planted.The same happens with
God’s word.It might start out quiet
small within you but God can make it grow exponentially.
small thing in your life is God giving growth to?Think about what it needs in order to grow,
how it needs to be cared for, and all of the potential that lies in that one
small thing. Prayer:God you are the Great Gardener and
Creator.I praise you for the growth of
your word in my life.May it grow and
flourish in unexpected ways.Amen.
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.
reading: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Saturday,
September 2, 2017 In
his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul reminds us that there is something
fundamentally broken and out of alignment in society that goes against the
nature of God’s relationship with us and with one another. When we participate in Communion, it is an
act of prophetic proclamation. It is a
moment to proclaim the liberation we find in God through Christ Jesus, it is a
moment in enact our fundamental belief that nothing can separate us from the
love of God found in Christ Jesus.
Prayer: God, help me to be mindful of your presence in
my life: help me to see your presence in everyone I encounter today. May my words and actions embody your radical
welcome and love for Your creation.
Daily reading: Isaiah 9:1-7 Sunday, November 19, 2017 Who are these people that are walking in darkness? What is the darkness and what light has
dawned upon them? These are some of the questions that drive our curiosity. Isaiah was a prophet that wrote during the 8th
century BCE, in Jerusalem in the southern kingdom during the time that the
northern kingdom had been defeated by the Assyrians and the upper class had
been deported and when the southern kingdom existed as a vassal state to
Assyria. When I read this portion of Isaiah I am reminded of images
that I have seen of war torn Syria, of cities in ruins, with rubble, smoke and
chaos, a place where people have no hope and so have fled as refugees from
their homes. I think of what was
happening in Juarez at the height of the drug war, when city streets were
vacant even during the day and children played indoors behind pulled
curtains. When I read this passage I think of those who have been
trapped in the human trafficking industry.…