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?
Clay jars were the paper plates of the first century, so Paul is saying, “We have this treasure on paper plates.”
This is what happens on Pentecost, as we remember the Spirit of God blowing through the room and giving life to the Church.
Psalm 1 can become our prayer, “God, teach us the ways of Jesus. Root our lives in the stream of your grace. May we live in your mercy and abide in your wisdom.”
When we step out into a larger world, we discover a new song to sing, but it just might be to a familiar tune. A tune we learned long ago.
Love is as old as creation itself. There is nothing new under the sun. There are new ways we can learn to respond to our neighbor, but they are rooted in something old.
The good shepherd helps us reclaim the meaning of the word, love, by helping us reclaim the meaning of the word, neighbor.
We do not use the word bored, not because we do not want to miss something exciting, but because what is exciting can make us miss everything else.
In the same way that our eyes have to adjust to the dark, perhaps they also have to adjust to the light.