In trying to find a way to live and love well in such a time as this I keep coming back to:
I love because God first loves me
I am called / commanded to love God back
I am called / commanded to love my neighbor just as I love myself
and that all the other law, prophets and musings on what is the right way to live hang from these 2 commandments.
So somehow love needs to be what all our our talk and actions hang from.
In these days of lies and misleading statements and actions with love given lip service but being largely left out as weak and cheap, it’s a bit hard to see how love could overcome the barrage that is driven by money power and desire for ME and MINE at any cost.
But we are told in the scriptures that love is over all things and that without it we are just making noise.
There is much noise these days. Here is my attempt to find Love’s road through it all.
8th day – creation musings … Continue reading
I’ve been praying and meditating on the House of the Lord (the mansion God is creating for me) for some years now. I thought I’d share some aspects of how I’ve come to see myself in answer to my prayer … Continue reading
I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever [psalms 23:6b] In the House of the Lord, I wear a black white and gray coat of long hair. This is my spiritual covering. I come dressed on the step … Continue reading
faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
faith says, count it a joy when you experience trials, for that produces patience
sometimes faith is a “just trust me” from friend or foe, king or lord
and I wonder how my experience of faith fits in with all the things I’ve been told. Continue reading
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On a walk, years ago, I heard God say to me, “man does not live by expectations alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. It was a strong lesson, a dawning realization that my expectations are not the same as God’s calls on my life. Sometimes it takes little shocks to the system to tell the difference. Continue reading
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I’m almost done reading (and marking up) Brueggemann’s, “The Prophetic Imagination”, and I’ve become even more convinced that God’s cycle of life of growth, death, and new life is repeated throughout our lives. And as I practice my little deaths, I find that death is not so much a covering over and forgetting, as it is an acceptance and closure and a re-opening to new life. Continue reading
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I was taught by my family to win and to lose well. I was taught by my “almost good enough” athletic abilities especially how to lose well, with occasional lessons in winning.
In this recent election season I have gotten very tired of the “I’m bigger than you” reasons for voting one way or the other. I was getting pretty depressed at the lack of truth telling, and the inability to get out from under the avalanche of misinformation we were being buried in.
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