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.
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.
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.
It is a really good question, but Jesus does not answer it. He asks the lawyer what he thinks.
We are making our way around the blind curves of life together! It is the ministry of presence because the love of God is embedded inside the love of neighbor.
The weathervane is in the shape of a grasshopper, and it has seen a great deal of history. It has always pointed towards the winds of freedom.