God wanted them to know that even though they were suffering, they were not forsaken. God wanted the people of Israel to understand that the hardship they were experiencing would not be the end of them. God wanted to give them a fresh start, a new beginning in their life, a relaunch, so to speak. By telling them, “forget the former things,” God was saying, “it is time to move on.”
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” - Matthew 5:6 The proper appetite is required to…
Every day matters.
Close your eyes and imagine God turning towards you. What do you see? What might God see?
Peter has been around long enough to know what it means to love Jesus. It involves abiding in, remaining in his love.
A single question has the ability to stop you dead in your tracks, pierce your heart, or propel you towards uncharted territory.
This is what happens when we employ shibboleths. We don’t engage in critical thinking, we don’t assume the value of the other person, and we don’t speak with kindness to or about those outside the boundaries of our groups.
When the eyes of our hearts are enlightened, we are able to see that God is at work.
Christmas stillness is deep, underlying peace that bookends our days, whether they are good or bad, joyful or tragic.
If Advent is the Christian New Year, what things am I called to do, or do I need to do differently, starting now, for Christ and for the world, that should not wait for a New Year resolution on January 1?