Spirit & Life
Prejudice and suspicion haunt humanity. The woman risked serious consequences to be in daylight, without a male companion, because of her deep love for her daughter, and faith in Jesus’ healing. Society feared ‘demons’ or illnesses they did not understand, typically leaving many ostracized. A
Our world has become so fast paced, that too often the time for listening and pondering, before responding, is taken as a sign of weakness.
In ancient times, protective Centurion’s amour was well understood. The significance placed on each article of clothing is very revealing. The belt/truth firmly confines your central axis, horizontally (human world) and vertical (heavenly world).
In his most vulnerable state, Solomon’s dream expressed his true nature. Anxious and overwhelmed, with truth and humility he acknowledged this with God, requesting wisdom to do the mission before him – no bravado, no pretense.
We can live our life controlled by competition, abuse of power, coercion, unforgiving and taxing expectations, and self-centered gain, influenced by the fear of never being good enough, fast enough, canny enough, or worthwhile.
God’s call to humanity has been consistent since the genesis of time. Live your life through love of God and love of neighbour, understanding that we are a diverse bunch, each offering gifts that are unique, and part of the whole of God’s realm.
Jesus offered abundant food, feeding a crowd who hungered for hope and new ways of living. Through blessing their bread and fish, and blessing the space between them, a group of strangers, unknown to each other, now eat together as a family of God.
The moment a drop of water falls onto a cloth, the moisture disperses, gently spreading across the fabric, gradually soaking the whole piece.
Paul must have lifted the spirits of the Church of Ephesus with this letter! His words were rich in meaning. All are included as God’s children in God’s realm – a space of belonging for all men, women and children of all cultures and ages.
Jesus calls us to keep our eyes, ears and hearts open to all. Our actions are to be welcoming, with generous hospitality, as we serve with humble hearts, healing hands, with justice and equity. In ancient times, when stepping on another’s land, generous hospitality treated the visitor as a cherished friend or as one of the family.