Jesus said, "See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” What does that mean?
The Holy Spirit is still speaking. The Spirit is still uttering God’s life-giving, death-defying word. The question is: are we listening?
"The Holy spirit is still speaking. The Spirit is still uttering God's life-giving, death-defying word. The question is: are we listening?"
when our anger is the result of a bruised ego, we should find ways of managing it because, when acted upon, it can be harmful to others and spiritually toxic for ourselves. But when our anger is a consequence of love for neighbor or for ourselves, then it can be “fuel” for living faithfully as God’s people.
The Bible is full of lament, which is the practice of naming the experience of suffering and crying out to God about it. Grief and lament, these things go together. One is the weight we feel; the other is our attempt to express it.
Sabbath and jubilee are gifts God has given us for the proper balance and flourishing of the whole creation. In our time, doing less and consuming less are ways we put these ancient concepts of sabbath and jubilee into practice.
It’s true, this isn’t a normal Easter, but maybe that’s the point. Because what the empty tomb promises us is something more meaningful, more hopeful, and more enduring than mere normal.
Jesus, who in just a few verses turns the tables over in the temple and provokes the wrath of both church and state, flips over our ideas of power, what it looks like, and who has it.
This pandemic and all that comes with it is bringing into full view things we’d rather not see. And yet it also revealing generosity, compassion, stamina, resourcefulness, and creativity!
However threatening the road that lies ahead appears, our calling is to hold on to the One who “don’t never change,” the One who “neither slumbers nor sleeps.”