Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘lent’

Spirit is with Us

Today is the Third Sunday of Lent

I love the story of the woman at the well in the Gospel of John – there is so much to reflect on – so many nuggets of wisdom. These words of Jesus offer such promise, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship God in Spirit and truth; and indeed God seeks people to worship in this way. God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in Spirit and truth.”

Even during Lent – even in our darker days – the Spirit is with us.

Is the rain coming my way?

Is the rain coming my way?

A Lenten Mantra

Today is the Second Sunday of Lent.

In today’s Psalm, we respond with the words, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” What better words to repeat?! What better mantra can we find than to remind ourselves of this truth?

cross_country_2014_0281

Listen

Listen

                                                                                                    Listen

Today is the First Sunday of Lent

In today’s reading from Romans 10:8-13, Paul writes “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”

We so often look and listen around us for God’s voice – for direction – for wisdom. Could it be that what we need is a little less noise – a little less searching – and a lot more quiet listening to the Spirit who dwells within. How much more intimate can God be than in our mouth and in our hearts?

Listen.

In the Darkness of the Tomb, there Is Still Hope

Stained glass of the Pieta from the Vatican Library in Vatican City

Stained glass of the Pieta from the Vatican Library in Vatican City

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.

– Anne Lamont

Spy Wednesday

One can't murder murder through killing

One can’t murder murder through killing

On “Spy Wednesday” – so called because it is the day before Judas, the traitor, sold Jesus out for a bag of silver, these words from Martin Luther King, Jr., are most appropriate.

Through violence you may murder a murderer but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.

– Martin Luther King

Prayer is Hope in Action

To clasp hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.

– Karl Barth

new_york_2010_139b

Yesterday’s photo, but with a suggestion of just how we might redeem our cities. Hope in action!

Palm Sunday Hope

Hope continues to hold us during Holy Week.

Palm Sunday Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.

– Vaclav Havel

pres_ctr_los_gatos_2011_051

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,119 other followers