None of us have everything the children of the church need by ourselves, but together we have every single thing that is necessary.
Paul wants Timothy to see with greater clarity the source of his strength.
The challenge is to see both, but to let the hope of the stars speak to the challenges on the ground.
We could also call it the Grace Rule. We are grateful for the grace of God, so we offer it to others, whether that grace comes in the form of forgiveness, meekness, or peace.
If we could open ourselves up to the world around us, maybe we would see God everywhere we looked.
… we express a core cosmic reality when, guided by love and justice, we make even the tiniest of choices. We are drawn by love toward a world we can’t quite see but occasionally glimpse … a world Jesus called the kingdom of God.
It sounds like it is all or nothing. It does not sound like there is room to grow.
When we open our hands, we feel all of our muscles relax. We can feel it deep down in our souls. It is like reaching out to join hands with others, or with God.
Sitting there with a blank page in front of us and endless possibilities, we find our way through the wilderness without a map like the people of God did, listening for God’s voice.
If we are not careful, we can build the saints up, so their faces glow and their feet barely touch the ground. We can forget that saints are ordinary.