It is the fastest growing group in our world--Spiritual but Not Religious. But what does it mean to be spiritual? What does the Spirit lead us to do and be?
We can hear a passage of scripture so many times. We can have it emblazoned on our minds and in our hearts. But if you leave out two important words, the whole meaning is changed. Hearing them opens us to seeing Jesus in a new way.
It was Easter afternoon when two disciples made their way to Emmaus. A stranger walked along with them that they didn't recognize...until he broke the bread. How often are we blinded to seeing Jesus? Might our eyes be open as we break bread together?
He gets a bad name every year, right after Easter! Doubting Thomas! But is it deserved? What did he doubt? Who did he doubt?
Maybe we need a Doubting Thomas to wake us to faith!
If Easter doesn't scare you, you aren't paying attention!" But fear isn't the last word. The women left the tomb with "fear and great joy." May we experience both this Easter Day!
We have good intentions. We want to do good. But there are times when things get in the way, we are detoured, things happen. It is easy to get discouraged, but what if God's spirit might breathe on us anew. Might our dry bones live?
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!