“An Idle Tale?” Luke 24:1-12 “The words about the empty tomb seemed to the apostles an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” (Luke 24:11) There is an Easter hymn included in our Presbyterian hymnbook with the following title, “In the Darkness of the Morning.” The hymn tells the story about Mary Magdalene discovering […]
“Words of Hope” Luke 3:1-6 President Obama has addressed the nation on the issue of terror and law enforcement officers in San Bernardino, CA have conducted raids in the homes of people connected to selling assault weapons to what appears to be two self-radicalized supporters of ISIS. As the investigation continues in California and we […]
Be At Peace With One Another Mark 9:38-50 And Jesus said, “Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.” There is good reason why Jesus offered this important counsel to his friends. He recognized their ambition for power. As Jesus shares and gives his peace, it is a peace that goes beyond […]
The invitation to abide in Jesus has very serious consequences. To abide in Jesus is to make the concerted and careful commitment to follow him, to pay attention to him, to forsake the constant temptations to listen to a different voice, to forsake in the end our ways of doing things especially when they contradict the gospel.
The valley of dry bones remains one of the most desperate and dreadful images of the Old Testament. It is a place of great loneliness and despair, overwhelming sadness and grief – where hope has no foothold. In the times and places where we find ourselves in a valley of dry bones, the late Henri Nouwen reminds us how important it is to lift our voice and counter what others are telling us is true. In the Name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit calls us to say “No” to every form of despair.
May we allow ourselves to be led by Christ to the quiet and private places where we can listen and adore, pray and muse, and according to the faithful and remarkable witness of a young saint of the Christian faith, may we surrender to our Creator: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In times of difficulty and times of ease, we are called to remember the goodness of the Lord.
When the future seems uncertain, Jesus is our dry land.