It is a list, and it can become the liturgy of our lives—the pattern by which we go about our days.
What brings them back is a full stomach and a satisfied soul. It is that sense of being home that we feel around the kitchen table, and the communion table, feeling at home in God’s presence.
What does it mean that Jesus took responsibility for his neighbors, not giving in to the rule of scarcity but showing us that there is abundance? There is enough.
Paul is calling people beyond a theology of the Hatfield and the McCoys.
It is knowing the truth is not only hard to say, but it is also hard to hear. When we speak the truth in love, it does not have a sharp edge to it, like a razor blade; but we say it with all of the compassion and mercy we can muster.
Our faith reminds us at every turn — God’s power is made perfect in weakness. It’s a truth that is as mysterious as the experience of love: an all-powerful, all-knowing God is found in suffering and despair.
No matter who we are we are all in need in one way or another. It can lead us to God, receiving God’s compassion or offering it to somebody else.
It is helpful, at times, to step outside of our routine and to take our theology for a walk.
The good news is we do not have to understand how it all works. We just need to know where to find it.
As the children of the church are building faith, community, and neighborhood, what are the tools we are giving them today that will serve them tomorrow?