The only way to get prepared to cross the bridge is to get moving. But many times we just settle for what is. God is always calling us to be "unsettled." That was the call to Abram, and to us!
Lent is a time of preparation. But before we can even begin we have to recognize where we are. We have to remember our basic story, the one that starts way back in the garden. It is a parable. It is true. It is our story. It is where our journey to the passion begins.
What happens when we hear a story in its context, rather than just a snippet? Could we discover that the story isn't about a woman, but about us?
Crocus don't just happen! They take a lot of planning, planting, mulching, watering, work. The same thing is true for our lives. If we want flowers in the spring there is work to do before the ground freezes! What are we doing to make sure we have crocus?
As we continue to imagine what it would be like to live in the world Isaiah saw, as we continue to imagine what it would be like to live as if.... we wonder about peace. How can the wolf lie with the lamb where both get sleep? What will it take for the lion to lie with the calf? What will it take for us to live with each other?
Advent is the beginning of something new. It is the church's New Year Celebration, where we can do things differently. We can live as if...... We can live as if we have hope!
Does your faith make a difference in your life? Does your faith offer you life today? If not, maybe it is time to read the story a different way!
Is your faith dependent on the circumstances of life, or will your faith endure the tough times, those times when things aren't going the way you planned, hoped? It is in those times that we discover where we truly place our faith.
There was a problem with our recording, and the scripture reading was not captured. The text for the sermon is Luke 21:5-19
Is there room in your faith for growth? Is there room in your faith to say, "I was wrong?" Is there room in your faith for humility?
In honor of Reformation Sunday a little scripture, a little history, a little our-story. As I said in the benediction, right now on Broadway there is a show that asks, "Who will tell your story?" More importantly, though, is what story might they tell?
Where is our faith when it seems our prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling, when it seems that our faith is in vain? What does that do our image of God? Do we have a faith that persists?
Where is our faith when we find ourselves in the "in between" areas of life?
"If you had faith the size of a mustard seed..." Too often that has been a bludgeon we have used to beat ourselves with. But the truth is, we have faith! The question is in what.
What do you believe? What is the faith that moves your life?