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.
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.…