Isaiah deepens our understanding of God’s hope in the story of Christmas, where the heavens open up and God comes down, making all things new.
We are called to see Christ in others because the gospel of Matthew knows that when we see Christ in others it draws the grace of Christ out of us.
Jesus paid attention to the vulnerable, the least, and the lost. It was risky. It can feel like it threatens the refuge of our faith, but our faith challenges us as much as it comforts us.
Part of the work of the church is to teach us to listen in a world that only wants to speak.
Jesus had a different kind of list, and it sounded rather odd, requiring practice, particularly out there where life happens.
If we spend the rest of our lives in that conversation, it will change who we are.
It is a prayer we have all felt whether we scream it from the top of our lungs because we cannot hold it in any longer or whether we whisper it under our breath because we are completely out of strength.
At times, Paul spoke like he was hanging from the rafters – where theology takes us sometimes – high above our everyday concerns where we wrestle with deep questions about the nature of God; but at other times, Paul got right down to the heart of everything – where we live our everyday lives –…
Why did the psalmist sit down to write this prayer that still resonates with us today?
Jesus did not care much about those kinds of secrets. There was no secret handshake between the disciples.