Spirit & Life
How beautiful were the delights and joy expressed by the gathered community where I worshipped! It reinforced that when we focus on ‘personal faith’ only, we miss the significance of God’s call to the ‘gathered faithful’, in all our unique and diverse expressions.
When confronted by what is hard to hear, shocking to consider, grieving to know, difficult to understand, it is often much easier to not believe it at all. Then, in anxiety, fear and shame, choose to ridicule the truth-teller.
The walk that Jesus took was entered into not lightly nor selfishly; rather, in covenantal relationship with God. He stepped forward with God, with certainty of action. He walked onwards, knowing he was not welcomed by all.
Recently, I have been meditating on the Spiritual Practice of Lectio Divinia. Lectio Divinia is the practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s word.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour.
Love God. Love others. Not sure how? God offers expanded commandments to elucidate theological simplicity for practical application in everyday living. Our similar human frailties arise in these four readings that cover over 1000 years – from the time of Moses, King David, Jesus to the budding Christian community.
Two key themes in faith and life arise here. Baptism reminds us that we are God’s children, known and washed with the love of God that cleanses our souls. Wilderness wandering is part of every human story. Our faith helps us acknowledged these seasons and companion through them with God.
All that she had owned blew away as fine ash, as winds swept through the devastation left behind from the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires in the Adelaide hills. At that time, her grieving left her numb and empty. Trauma ran deep, almost drowning her spirit in depression and anxiety.
As soon as there is a glimmer of morning light, the local chorus of birds begins and the chickens are calling for their coop to be opened, even when I am still thinking it really is sleep time!
How good it is to sing praise to our God!…Sometimes, though, it seems an impossible task. This wonderful psalm has been spoken or sung over many generations. It speaks of new beginnings, so relevant as we enter 2021, where our churches are experiencing new ways of being.