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.
The grace of God does not always add up, so it will surprise us; but it will surprise us in the best possible ways.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith … (Hebrews 12:1-2a, NRSV)
Stories like these capture our attention because they broaden our vision. They remind us there is a broader way to live.
The wind and the waves will always be a part of a life of faith; but together with all of our gifts and in each other’s presence, we find the hand of Christ.
We put on the brakes, sitting there for forty-five minutes without moving an inch, and all the while we are looking around, but there is not a detour in sight.
Throughout this world, we might pay attention to where we find wholeness in the midst of brokenness, and we might call it by its name. God’s grace can show up in so many ways.