Thursday, November 1, 2018

Our Divine heritage...

"Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are."
1 John 3:1

One of the classes I help with at school is learning about genotypes and phenotypes. As I am finding I need to do often, I asked a kid what they were all about and he explained it to me. Naturally, when I read this, this morning, I thought of the fact that God created us in God's image, we are God's children, so therefore, God's traits and qualities are already wired into us. God is love, therefore we have that in us too. We are made to love and made to reflect the qualities of God, just as a blue-eyed person carries that trait of a parent. We have a divine heritage, not a sinful one. We may not always act out of our divine heritage, but we are also human beings who sometimes act solely out of our own self interest and not always from our true selves. Our true selves are who we are in God. God's own little progeny; and we need to remember that! Whether we have hazel eyes from our mother, or brown curly hair from our father, we know that we have a nature of love within us from our Divine Parent. Once we tap into that love and share it with everyone, the world will be a better place! Love, heidi

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Share the leaven...

"It is like the yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened."
Luke 13:21

This struck me this morning...that the presence of God, within all who love God and desire to share God with the world, is like the yeast. The yeast doesn't just change part of the flour mixture, right? The yeast mixed in with the dough changes the entire batch, not just part of it. There isn't one part of the dough that rises and the rest does not. Likewise, the love of God, mixed into the dough of this world doesn't just affect part of the world. All of the world is changed by the presence. We carry the love of God into all of our environments, not just our Sunday environment, and in that, all of our environments are touched and changed by the love of God. Today, as we go out to all of our activities in God's world, let's remember that we carry the ultimate leaven, the love of God. Let's make sure we share it will all we meet! Love, heidi

Monday, October 29, 2018

See beyond the rules!

"'Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.' He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God."
Luke 13:12-13

Jesus is challenging the synagogue authorities (again) in this reading when he heals the woman bent over. He "sets her free" from her bent-overness and the authoirities tsk-tsk that he should have done this on a Tuesday, for example, instead of the Sabbath. But Jesus likens the healing of the woman to caring for a loved one, as she most certainly is, as a "daughter of Zion." He challenges the authorities to look beyond the rules and see the real human beings suffering among them. Don't let the rules get in the way of you helping them! Jesus points out that they care for their animals on the Sabbath, why not care for human beings, our sisters and brothers? When I read this, I think of our mission to care for all of God's children among us, not just those who believe what we believe or look as we look. Maybe we are to look beyond the "rules" and help those fleeing persecution and looking to us for help. Maybe the immigration and refugee "rules" are keeping us from seeing God's children who need us, because all we see are the rules? Food for thought this Monday morning! Blessings and love, heidi