Our scripture lesson today is all about recognizing this tension in our world, the tension between the way the world is and the way God envisions our world being – and about having the strength and courage, as people of faith, as followers of Jesus, to respond.
As we journey through these Lenten days and nights, as we relive the challenges facing Jesu and his disciples, may we have the courage to also face our own challenges and our own worries, knowing that new life awaits. May we have the wisdom to accept this gift of 40 days to quiet the voices… Continue reading When the Noise Overwhelms – Luke 4:1-13
Nothing the world can throw at us will separate us from God. And this is something we need to remember as we begin our journey through Lent, as we face the despair of all of our own personal Good Fridays, those days when tomorrow feels so uncertain, when the narrative of fear seems overwhelming, when… Continue reading When Shadows Come – Luke 9:28-36
We may not be able to forgive everything that is done to us, we may struggle to love those who have given us no reason to love them, but if we try, with each little bit of love we can share, each bit of forgiveness we can extend, the patters of our world shift, the… Continue reading More Love and Less Fear – Luke 6:27-38
The Beatitudes in Luke are statements that point to the fact God sees. God sees the plight of the poor and the grieving and the hungry, and God will act. These are statements that assure the hearer that justice will come, God’s justice will come. Things will not stay the same.
We will all encounter our tipping points in life, those moments when we know that nothing will be the same again, when we are called upon to be brave, to make change, to follow a new path. May we be brave, and trust in the new life that is promised, knowing we are never alone.
We are invited into this exciting new chapter of the story of God’s people. But we should know by now, it s not our narrative to dictate. God will tell this story, but it is ours to be a part of, and it a path that will lead to new life.