In a time when no one knew the earth was a sphere; when no one knew about the poles to the north and south, God established an East/West continuum.
I’ve been told most of my life that I should find my delight in you. I’m adapting to the thought that you might find your delight in me. I’ve travelled through too many years of performance to readily grasp that the ‘me without the performance’ is all that you want.
“I think people need to realize that they can’t kill the Source of Life. Kinda like trying to break jello or squeeze mercury. Life is my domain. No one else controls it. They just steward it for their season on earth and then they return to me.”
I would like to know the real I Am. The I Am that observes the coming and going of humanity. The I Am who looks upon injustice and cruelty. The I Am, who by your very name implies complete control while withholding your judgement and involvement, allowing unthinkable things to transpire.
It’s interesting how I tend to shortchange Scripture; omitting some parts and skimming over others. Yet if I pause and reflect upon what You have said (Isaiah 55:3, 8-9), I begin to live.
When we’ve been wronged, or we see things that are disturbing because of their cruelty; what do we want? ~ Justice.
When we’ve done something wrong; when we know that we have wronged someone; what do we want? Justice? ~ No. We want mercy.
What do mobs cry out for? ~ Justice. As mobs get violent; smashing windows, burning cars, throwing rocks, or worse ~ Do you believe that anyone in that crowd wants to receive justice?
What makes us so quick to demand something so righteous, when we are not prepared to receive it ourselves?
"For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - NIV)
I was alone, early one morning listening to these verses and as the last sentence was read, Holy Spirit asked me, "What do you proclaim? And who do you proclaim it to?"
I'd never considered the question before. Whenever I have participated in Holy Communion it has always been in the context of remembrance. "As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do so in remembrance of me..." ~ I'm not sure.
It's unsettling to realize the extent of the power that rests in the hands of so few individuals. The world has not become a safer place and if we are not careful we will view it through a pessimistic lens. The reality is, God has not relinquished control. He has spoken of these days and he has warned us against abandoning the values and morals and principles that allows society to function in sustainable, healthy ways.
Generosity. You'd think it would be easier to do if you had cash. Yet cash is simply a tool; not the topic. What do you think about when the subject of money and church are found in the same sentence? Two worlds come together when faith and spirituality are coupled with possessions and money.
What would you expect if God showed up and you had never heard the Christmas story. And God told you what he told Mary? Would you even entertain the thought that you might now get some nice clothes, have servants, be treated with respect? You must have had some kind of thoughts that painted a nicer picture than being a village girl. Your son is going to be Messiah. At least you wont be living in a barn.