In a recent sermon on hospitality, I emphasized the need to press our hospitality outwards from caring for one another in the household of faith (Galatians 6:10) to extending the table to the poor, lonely and forgotten (Luke 14:10). The sermon led to a couple of engaging conversations about the Christian response to panhandlers who are appearing more and more on the medians at our suburban intersections. I understand the quandary of not knowing how
When Jefferson and I first moved into our new home in March, we knew we had a lot of work to do before the house really felt like our home. The mint green bathroom - complete with matching mint green sink and tub, the 1970s chic linoleum kitchen 'tile,' the wallpaper...all that wallpaper... ...And the backyard. Since we first got married, I told Jefferson all I wanted was a small house with a big backyard.
Throughout Lent I’ve been doing Lectio Divina weekly with a group here in Burlington. If you’re not familiar with this form of scripture reading, what happens is that a passage is selected and read slowly two or three times. The invitation is to allow a word or phrase from the reading to sink into your heart and mind, asking the Spirit what this word or phrase is about. (Yes, a little different, I know…) The
Oh oh, that scary monster that rules the weeks before the Easter Bunny pops up is upon us! LENT, the miser who wants to damper fun and trample pleasure has reared his head again, ready to make any Jesus follower feel bad for not engaging in the practice at all, or for finding practicing it a struggle each and every day. I jest, but with that kernel of truth still irritatingly poking under the
1 Timothy 5:8 But those who won't care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. Reflection: The people of God are called to care deeply about their family. This makes sense since God himself is somehow one Divine Being, yet simultaneously a family of three persons. It is a mystery we can't fully comprehend, but it helps us understand why loving family
Genesis 33:9-11 9 But Esau said, "I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself." 10 "No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favour in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favourably. Reflection: One of the best places we can find God is in the faces of other people. When we receive forgiveness,
Psalm 62: 5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Reflection: In our work-weary culture, true rest is hard to find. Too often we can make our life with Jesus reflect the whirlwind around us. We try to do good, be better, and strive to be righteous. It is not that we
There are a lot of awesome things about growing up in a Christian family. Knowing you are grounded in your faith and having been steeped in the routines of it for a lifetime is a huge blessing. However, it can also mean that these routines can become rote or we take them for granted. Christmas carols can easily fall into this category. Especially if you are someone like me who has a pretty decent memory.
I always wanted to be a mother. I dreamt of being one for as long as I can remember. I would picture holding my baby, caring for her, and only hoping I'd be half the mother mine was. It was the only job I imagined having. Why would I want to do anything else? I thought for sure it was the only purpose I had. I found myself planning my life around being a mother.
As we move into the Christmas season, we reflect upon Jesus’ life, the greatest blessing of all. Jesus speaks to us about opening up our hearts and minds to follow him and to remember his commands. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those