We can easily get mixed-up with Law and Faith—putting up in front of us this mirror of perfection, instead of this relationship with the Living God.
Deep suffering turns us inward and upward, as we ponder and wonder the presence of God in the midst of this life—particularly in the hardest of circumstances.
Within these prayer-soaked walls, we discover a place where Heaven and Earth seem to meet—to brush up against one another—and where the Love of God is visible—even if for just a fleeting moment—in a world where it oftentimes seems hidden.
What is it that comforts the psalmist and us? A rod and a staff. A big stick. Tools used to prod and to push.
After all of the Alleluias are over, we have to remember that God is the one who is and who was and who is to come. So, we say to one another today, in this room, “God knows your name”.
Love is stronger than hate.
As we find it every day in our lives “out there”, there are chances to give to others and opportunities to receive from others — both of which are hard to embrace.
We can wake up every morning, and the sand is smooth and hope is endless. And, we know that there will be more lines drawn in the sand on that day, but high tide will come along and wash them away, yet again.
Watch or listen to our 2016 “Youth Sunday” service.
It sounds like Jeremiah gives the wrong answer to each and every question, except God hears it differently. God hears humility, innocence, meekness—this different kind of strength.