I grew up in Presbyterian churches with very little observance of the liturgical year. Sure, there was Advent, Christmas, and Easter, but that was about it. As I grew older, I was exposed to the liturgical year in churches I attended. I came to love it. In my harried life, it grounds me. Although I am once again in a church that is not particularly liturgical, I still observe and celebrate the seasons on my own.
We’ve all been there—sitting in a church service or group meeting when an announcement is made that this group or that group is looking for some new leadership. How many of us have said this: “Oh, I hope they findRead more
“Our pencils are our friends—we keep them till the end.” This cheer was given by a group of primary students in the film, The First Grader produced by National Geographic Entertainment, BBC Films, and UK Film Council in 2010. The primary school, in a remote area in the Kenyan bush, expected its students to come to school in a uniform, with two writing books and a sharp pencil. This was a hardship for some.[i]
My desires, my priories, and my agenda have so often gotten in the way of giving God the praise and thanksgiving he so greatly deserves. He gives us a love greater than anything I could ever offer.
God takes pleasure in praise and thanksgiving. He asks for it. Isaiah 43:21 states, “The people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” Hebrews 13:15 confirms it, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” And the Psalms are filled with it.
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Grace?’ Do you think of mealtime prayers? Do you think of dancers and their practiced movements? How about someone who is kind, and gentle? How often do we think of grace as something that is still, quiet, and well mannered?
As the band members sing I close my eyes and feel the music hum through me. The bass and guitar, the drums, the piano, and all of our voices rising together fill me up from my core and spreads outRead more
When I am reading the Bible, sometime the light shines on it in a new way, I get a new message, one that is still true to the gospel, but gives me a slightly different slant. That is how I see God’s Word as living, as alive and responding to the needs of the day.
Today, January 6, many of us tend to reflect on the visit of the Magi as we celebrate Epiphany. I like Epiphany because it connects to where I am at after Christmas. Although most of our Christmas cards would haveRead more