We have heard so much tragic news that when the news is good we cannot hear it. But the proclamation of Easter Day is that all is well. … I say this not with the easy optimism of one who has never known a time when all was not well but as one who has faced the cross in all its obscenity as well as in all its glory, who has known one way or another what it is like to live separated from God.
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p.26
What do you need to trust God for right now?
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Jesus did not come to make God’s love possible, but to make God’s love visible
Where does God’s love become visible to you?
January 9 Epiphany Observed
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51: 1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
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What do you want God to restore?
In our secret yearnings we wait for your coming, and in our grinding despair we doubt that you will. And in this privileged place we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do we and by those who despair more deeply than do we. Look upon your church … in this season of hope which runs so quickly to fatigue and in this season of yearning which becomes so easily quarrelsome. Give us the grace and the impatience to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes, to the edges of our fingertips.
What signs have you seen that God is home among us?
See the home of God is among mortals. This morning your dog licked your face, you had a hot cup of coffee, and you drank it in a warm kitchen. …This month, you needed comfort and were comforted. …This month, this year, you celebrated however many years of sobriety, or cancer remission, or parenthood, or single parenthood: this month, this year, you celebrated the day your life began again. . ..This month you forgave—truly forgave—an enemy, and a weight was lifted off of your chest. …This week you were forgiven again when you didn’t deserve it. …