Friday, July 17, 2015
"(Jesus) instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick--no food, no sack, no money in their belts."
I'm still chewing on this Gospel from last Sunday (I know, it was rich!) and spent some time thinking on why Jesus would send the disciples out to preach with so few provisions. What struck me was that Jesus wanted to get them used to depending on God for help doing what they were to do and not their own resources. The more we have in our own backpacks, the more equipped we may feel based on that. The more we carry along with us, the more pride we can take in our own abilities, tools, stuff, equipment. And thus, we may not be relying enough on God. Jesus wanted his guys to rely on God to equip them, especially since, at this point--early in their apprenticeship, they really didn't have much of their own to offer. Today, let's recognize our own dependence on God to fulfill all of our particular duties through the day. We may think we have the training, education, talent, and equipment to do our job, but what we really need to depend on is our loving God to put it all together and allow good to come of our efforts. Blessings on your Friday and weekend! Love, heidi
Thursday, July 16, 2015
"God replied, 'I AM who am...'"
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
"In him we were also chosen..."
Monday, July 13, 2015
“Woe to you...You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence. Cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean."
Yesterday was a Silent Sunday and I had a fabulous day, reading, sitting outside, praying...cleaning the tea pot. Cleaning the tea pot? What's holy about that? Well, as it turned out, it was a very holy exercise. (Stay with me here!) I was shocked when I noticed how covered with hard water deposits the bottom of the tea pot was. How had this happened? I used it all the time and didn't ever notice? What can I possibly do to get it clean again? The deposits are hard as rocks! To make a long story short, it took three things: the first being time. I put vinegar in the bottom and let it soak all day. The second was a cleaning agent--vinegar in this case. The third thing was a bit of scrubbing after the long soak. What did it teach me about growing closer to God? Well, my difficulties with others, sins, if you prefer to call them that, are like the hard water deposits. I may not even notice them until after they are ingrained in me, and by then, they are harder to remove. There aren't going to go away instantly, much as I'd like that to happen. But over time, with awareness, God's grace, prayer, and a bit of scrubbing, I will change. Loving others is the best way to show my love for God. Today I feel a bit shiner, just like my tea pot, and I'm ready to love better! Love, heidi