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
reading: Luke 1:26-55
46 Mary said,
“With all my heart I glorify the Lord! 47 In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. 48 He has looked with favor on the
low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone
will consider me highly favored 49 because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name. 50 He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God. 51 He has shown strength with his
arm. He has scattered those with
arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. 52 He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with
good things and sent the rich away
empty-handed. 54 He has come to the aid of his
servant Israel, remembering his mercy, 55 just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham’s
song encourages us to listen to the voices of those on the margins, not to
those who already have the power,
to hear the voiceless and trust that God will use unlikely people who are ready
and prepared to respond to the call.
we wait for in Advent is for God to come near once again.
wait week after week to be reminded how God cares for us,
everyone. God is concerned with those
who have too much food and for those who have little or none. God cares about the complexities and
intricacies of our lives, of our governments, of the structures we move and
live in. And God calls us to respond to
the grace, mercy and love that God has for us in our daily living.
prepare by already knowing it is so. We
prepare by making room for God once again, embracing the mercy and grace of our
Come, Lord Jesus in our Advent waiting.
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…