Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blueprint for life

"See that no one returns evil for evil; rather always seek what is good for each other and for all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:15-18
And there it is.  Exactly what God asks of us...always seeking good for each other, praying, rejoicing, giving thanks.  It is spelled out so clearly and makes so much sense, and yet, we as humanity cannot seem to get it right.  In the two thousand years since this was given to us as a blueprint for how to live, we struggle to put it into practice.  God seems to be giving us extra time to learn these lessons and put these words into our hearts and therefore, into practice.  What can we do, as individuals, to live this way in Christ Jesus?  We can look at the whole of humanity and see disappointing results, but individually, people are living like this all over the place.  As we pause to give thanks this week, let's take all of this reading to heart.  Let's try to change our own lives to live as Jesus taught.  If enough people do it, real change can be seen in humanity as a whole!  Blessings to each of you as we all give thanks.  See you in Advent!  Love, heidi

Monday, November 24, 2014

Offering our "all"

"Give us the courage to speak the truth, with respect and sincere love."
Prayer Intercession, Give Is This Day
As I read this today I thought, Wow, if that wasn't written for me!  I so often speak before I think and say things I later regret.  It's one of the hardest bug-a-boos of my behavior and one would think I could learn better, but alas...
Today's Gospel (Luke 21:1-4) is the story of the poor widow putting all she has into the treasury.  Jesus comments on how her gift is so precious because it represents all she had.  How can we offer all we have today?  We can certainly help monetarily, but what if we offer our honest efforts to work on our own areas of sin.  What are the sins we battle daily as we journey with Jesus? Do we hold a grudge against anyone? Do we battle for control in all situations? Are we overly judgmental with those around us?  Can we offer our efforts to rectify these up to God today?  I love working on the courage to speak "the truth with respect and sincere love." That will help me to pause and think before saying the first thing that pops into my head to say.  What "all" can we offer to God this day?  Love, heidi