Hannah is a progenitor of a faith and vision that boldly proclaims God as the midwife at our side and, come what may, God is not going anywhere! God is the midwife coaxing and soothing, challenging us to push through the pain in order to receive new life. God is the midwife holding us, the world, and all creation in her strong arms, and urging us to choose life and put aside violence, to do justice and put aside greed, to choose faith, hope, and love. God is the midwife that challenges to be in the world in ways that will allow new life to be born. … More She Persisted!
We are simply seeking to imitate God’s love for us as manifested in Christ Jesus. So, remember: “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!” … More Love Received, Love Shared
The lesson for today in what is an otherwise “summary section:” practice Sabbath, show compassion, and be present! … More Practice Sabbath, Show Compassion, Be Present
When people in the ancient stories crossed water, they were moving from something into something new – liberation, new mission, new creation. As the disciples move across the sea with Jesus, they are struck by a storm that interrupts there journey. But Jesus is there with them in the boat, and it is Jesus who invites them to greater understanding and faith. As we walk through the pandemic, do we recognize Jesus with us, or do we complain that he is asleep in the stern. … More A Little Grace to Dispel the Storm
Jesus challenges us today to look beyond our borders and our walls, to see beyond any of the myriad self-imposed lines that we draw: religion, denomination, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status – even the line of faith. God invites us to expand our family today in ways that are just as shocking as it was to Mark’s first-century audience.
We must be careful not to fall for the temptations of power, wealth, and lust that were a constant temptation to Israel and have always tempted humanity. For those who would name themselves Christian – that is, followers of Jesus the Christ – the challenge is to shift the allegiance away from the kingdoms and ideologies of this world unto the kingdom of God. We are invited to hold on to our hope in Christ – for justice, peace, and life – remaining strong against the repercussions that will come, staying faithful and refusing those “values” that don’t produce and demonstrate love. After all, to quote the Most Rev’d. Michael Curry, “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.”
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This parable is an invitation to sit in the parabolic room of faith – to listen and perceive. This parable is also a way of understanding that Jesus is describing something mysterious and beyond perfect comprehension.
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