An offering from Lil: Resurrection is here and now…

April 8, 2015
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He is risen.  Christ conquers death again and again.  It is not a thing of the past.  It is the here and now.  It is the promise of a new world where the lion lies down with the lamb in peace. edward_hicks-peaceablekingdom

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust we are transformed by the Living Christ.

We are recreated by the Holy into new life.  But going back to the beginning of this journey, to Ash Wednesday, we have to know we are dust and be dust for this to happen.  Otherwise, our need to create our own identity will prevail.

May you carry the image of dust with you all year knowing the Living Christ is always transforming you and the world.

He is risen, indeed!

(c) 2015 The Rev. Lil Smith

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An offering from Nancy: The price of joy…

February 21, 2015
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Mark 2:18-22

I am thinking about the price of joy.grapevine5b1[1]

I know a young man who has become comfortable with life in a box.  He experiences neither deep sorrows nor exhilarating joys.  He resists embracing a full life to avoid the pain that could result from taking a risk. He doesn’t realize that he is shutting himself off from possibilities that he can’t imagine.  The price of joy seems too high.  He is “safe,“ but bored.
The disciples experienced the joy of knowing Jesus and witnessing the full possibility of a life with God.  Jesus hints at the price of joy when he talks about the time when the bridegroom will be absent.  The disciples will fast from their old ways in order to be equal to the promise of the kingdom.

Following Jesus involves taking a risk.  I am used to managing my life, attempting to control the flow of events to fit into predictable patterns.  But I know how confining these old wineskins are.  Today I want to pay the price of joy by breaking up those old, comfortable patterns.  I want to embrace the possibility of being transformed in Christ.

(c) 2015 Nancy Jagmin

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