God Loves All the Lost

God Loves All the Lost

Human beings are complicated in this. We sometimes need discernment and healthy boundaries and self-protection when relationships break down. However, God, who is infinite mystery, is not complicated in this. God wants us to return no matter what. God loves us whether we’re bratty or whiny, lost, searching, wayward, or unfaithful. When we are lost and return to God, God rejoices.

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Epiphany: Be the Star You Wish to See in the World

Epiphany: Be the Star You Wish to See in the World

“I trust that the same God who sent a powerful sign to the magi also guides us. What if the star was there for all to see – bold and bright in the sky – but only those few wise ones noticed it and followed? Maybe other people could have, had they had the desire and the insight to see it. What if God has placed a star in front of us now, and, if we pray for discernment, we’ll see it too? What if the star is within us?”

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4th Sunday of Advent: When We Show Up for Each Other, There Is God

4th Sunday of Advent: When We Show Up for Each Other, There Is God

Mary and Elizabeth say yes to God as individuals, but then they are together in God’s call. Theirs are not two separate invitations, but one call to fulfill God’s loving plan of salvation for all people. Both women have a part in that call. And so do we. We, too, say yes as individuals to whatever God calls us to, and then we are invited to come together in a mutual yes. In our efforts to bring forth truly inclusive communities, we may take one step forward and two steps back, but we are moving. Taking halting steps is still a movement forward, and God is in our efforts, which is a good thing. We need God, the ultimate model of inclusivity and lover of diversity.

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3rd Sunday of Advent: You Can’t Force Joy

3rd Sunday of Advent: You Can’t Force Joy

I can’t force joy. However, as the Letter to the Philippians invites, I can lay my difficulties before God and receive the love and care God offers. And, when God gifts me with joy, I can welcome it and give thanks for it, because in periods of sorrow, a moment of joy feels like an enormous relief, a glowing light in a pitch-black night. I’ve learned to honor whatever feelings I have; to do otherwise is to slip into avoidance, and that’s just not helpful. We’re invited to bring how we are – our petitions and prayers – before God. However, I never want to be so shrouded with sorrow or stress that I miss joy when it arrives.

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