Month: May 2021
In Mark 5 a woman is healed as she touches the hem of Jesus’ garment. God is active all around us and his power is available to us – to speak into our lives, to guide us in our choices and decisions, to heal the brokenness in our lives – and yet so often we barely scratch the surface of this faith that God offers to us. Why is that? And how can we experience more of the mystery and wonder of God in our lives?
Remembrance, proclamation, and participation are distinctive of Christian discipleship. List some of the people and events that have helped to shape your life. Name some of the people and events that have helped shape your faith. Do you walk the talk and talk the walk? How might your serving other people be more inclusive of your neighbors? How about people different than you?
God has created this vast expansive creation, and yet still cares enough to think of you and me. Never lose our sense of awe and wonder with this great gift we have been given. Let us never take it for granted or cease being thankful. When was the last time you truly stopped and looked at the stars? When was the last time you allowed God’s creation to leave you awestruck with wonder?
David danced before the Lord with all his might. He loved God and wasn't afraid to show it. Would others know that you've experienced the love and grace of God through your enthusiasm and joy? When was the last time you did anything for God with all your might... with reckless abandonment, enthusiasm, and joy?
Loving others is a significant part of our Kingdom work, and it is in our church’s DNA. Many times we chose to make simple gestures to show our love for others, but we should be cautious with simple at all times. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, reminds us that loving others requires deep sacrifice and it can be costly. He responded to his Father’s call by sacrificially loving us, and we are called to sacrificially love others as well! What are you willing to lose or give up to love the “others” in your community? When was the last time you paused to thank God for sacrificially loving you?