The truth about eternity is that it is connected to now. There is no later when it comes to eternity. It is not a bargain nor can it be postponed.
Fasting from the profits of the world is too hard to do without fervent prayer and radical generosity. So often, we climb upon the backs of others in order to reap our short-term rewards. But at what personal cost?
So often, people with good intentions try to speak about the heart of God without seeking God. Are you ready to seek?
Richard L. Floyd
Across generations, there is a story of good news of the God who remains faithful.
What happens when a career, a building, a gift, a treasure, is surrendered or lost? Who are we then? Is God still God?
Not knowing what to do next is often the best platform for finding the unusual. Holy One, permit us to understand interruptions as sacraments.
Kenneth L. Samuel
God is the love that never leaves us alone.
The pivot from suffering to joy, from pursuing “right-ness” to pursuing community, is found in the choice to love, even if all we have is a little love left in our broken hearts.
Quinn G. Caldwell
Listen, and I will tell you a mystery: God doesn't love your rules. God loves God's people.
Emily C. Heath
Far from what I thought Christians believed when I was growing up, it turns out that God doesn't require perfection from us in order to love us.
Worry or regret seem to choose me in the middle of the night. Invariably, I choose them back. Maybe it's time to try something different—to see the steadfastness of God's presence with me the whole time.
John A. Nelson
A wise friend said that as soon as you say, "It can't happen," the possibilities you have not yet seen start to shrivel and die. So stretch your imagination. God is there and then, here and now.
We don't have to pretend everything is okay when it isn't. We don't have to protect God from our anger or anguish. God can take it.
Lent is a time to learn who and whose we are, to prepare for what is to come, to create a life-shaping bond with the Holy One that not even death will be able to break.
We confess and pray: Defier of Labels, teach me to meet my neighbors in their fullness.