Jesus wants to breathe peace into our hearts and homes, so we can exhale worry and fear.
We need calm hearts, ears tuned to God’s frequency and a mighty fortress when the world is coming unhinged, not when we’re meditating at a quiet retreat center! We need Jesus' calming presence in our boat not when the sun is shining and the fish are biting, but when the storm is raging and the boat is sinking.
Those angels outside Bethlehem could have been Jewish Jedis when they came with their greeting that was essentially, "May the Force be with you" -- that is, may the Peace or Shalom of God be with all upon whom God's favor rests (cf. Luke 2:14)!
Someone has said that the door of the stable where Jesus was born was very low to the ground, so people had to bow down humbly on their hands and knees in order to approach the manger to worship the savior. And did you ever notice that we find the same kind of folks surrounding the manger as we find at the foot of the cross?
This Lent we're exploring how the Cross was not just the way Jesus died, but also the new pattern for how Jesus' followers are supposed to live. We're called to not only embrace the CrossEvent, but also learn to walk the CrossRoad. The season of Lent begins with Jesus being tempted by Satan to bring His … Continue reading CrossRoad 4: Temptations
Today, many of us sink our weary heads onto our pillows and fall asleep staring at our smart phone screens, scrolling Facebook one last time, trying to clear our email inbox, or checking the newsfeed again. And studies keep revealing our tech habits are producing one of the most anxious and emotionally unsettled societies in … Continue reading A Bedtime Prayer (Psalm 4)