faith

Lent begins.Jesus invites.

Lent begins.Jesus invites.

Because let's face it... Easter begins with a focus on DEATH. And death doesn't "sell" It's not as sexy as Santa and presents and holiday parties and "White Christmas". 

So maybe we can breathe deeply, and being free of the distractions that a secularized distortion of a holy day brings, we can fully submerse ourselves in it. All it's drama. And ugly. And beauty. And mystery. And hope. (the bunny has NO power to compete with this!)

abide - This is how to live the "present" life - meditations on John 15

abide - This is how to live the "present" life - meditations on John 15

How to live "present".  It is to dwell.  to remain. to stay in a place or position or state.  It's about abiding.

But to abide must start with my thinking and beliefs.  

Join me in a series of meditations on John 15:1-16 where jesus gives you and I a beautiful picture which holds the key to this kind of life.

 

I often want more. I usually want it NOW and I quickly forget.

I often want more. I usually want it NOW and I quickly forget.

It’s easy for me, (us), to read this and look at those silly, ungrateful, forgetful, greedy, grumbling Israelites and think, “what is WRONG with them??!!”

But the Word is a mirror that shines on my own fickle heart and when I’m willing to gaze into it I see how much I am the same as the grumbling crowd.

I often want more. I usually want it NOW and I quickly forget.

where to find hope for your 2016 & a different kind of list

where to find hope for your 2016 & a different kind of list

It’s enough to make us dizzy, all this turning of shortcomings, around and around in our minds.  And perspective is skewed with dizzy, spinning hearts.

But the wisest words for this New Year for me, (maybe you too?), words to stop the drain, the emptying, the dizzy, self-absorbed perspective, are words worth repeating:

 

    “But THIS I call to mind, and THEREFORE I have hope:
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