Free Nature of Grace
I sent a flurry of emails out today in preparation for the Walk to Emmaus tomorrow. At one point, one of the Board members said, "Now......Just Breathe..lol....God is in control......" I laughed and wrote back, "I am breathing. I breathe by organizing." God has to take care of the big things, like two team members with cancer, another one who lost her father this morning, a pilgrim who is deciding not to come on the walk, and arranging for grace to cover the whole event. God is in control, and I know that.
Then [Aslan] said, "We have a long journey to go. You must ride on me."...And with a great heave he rose underneath then and then shot off, faster than any horse could go, down hill and into the thick of the forest.Amen.
A list of random thoughts:
A few weeks ago -- probably by now, it's been a couple of months ago, a friend died. She had had cancer for years, and had fought it the whole time. She called it her "journey." Her faith became evident during her journey -- whether it grew as she traveled the road or the light of the journey highlighted it, I don't know.
I found this today in a blog called The Potter's View (http://wtmcclendon.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/childrens-sabbath/)
Josh wrote a prayer today for Children's Sabbath:
|Ritter Park early this evening|
Today's Friday Five:
“It makes no difference what you believe as long as you are sincere.” Such a claim is often made in the name of faith and tolerance. The affirmation, which is itself a belief or tenet of faith, makes sincerity the criteria for religious devotion. It assumes that all religious beliefs are equal and their validity is judged by the firmness with which they are held and the sincerity with which they are acted upon. Truth becomes synonymous with strong conviction, and faithfulness if validated by “it feels right.” (p23)I agree with him that my conviction that something is truth doesn't make it truth. My conviction should arise from truth; it doesn't work in the opposite direction.
I like that -- a marrow of Christian truth.However, although Wesley and the Methodists “were fully committed to the principles of religious toleration and theological diversity, they were equally confident that there is a ‘marrow’ of Christian truth than can be identified and that must be conserved.”(p25)
|Ritter Park on Saturday|
As part of my CLM training, I reading the book Living Our Beliefs by Bishop Kenneth L. Carder.
Did you read the lectionary readings for last week? One of them was the troublesome passage from Matthew (22:1-14). It is a parable about a wedding feast. The King has prepared the wedding feast and sends out his slaves to call those who have been invited.
But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not waring a wedding robe, and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in there without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, "Bind him hand an foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.So, what does that mean? It doesn't sound like Christ to me, and it doesn't sound like a kingdom that would be very inviting.
What we don’t know, because of the distance of time and culture, is that the people listening then would have known that the white robe was waiting for you when you got to the banquet. It would have been as easy to get as the bulletins we hand out every Sunday.Pair that with what Barclay's explanation that this is a parable of an open door. Everyone is invited to come in, "but when peopole come they must bring a life which seeks to fit the love which has been given them. Grace is not only a gift; it is a grave responsiblity."
|Benjamin Franklin's grave in Philadelphia|
This sign was on the wall beside the new restroom in our mall --ll that is currently being renovated.
Let your light shine through me
Insprired by Philippians 4:4-8
I wrote two poems today, without meaning to.
I'm working on Laity Sunday. Here's the Call to Worship I've written:
Oh, Lord make haste to help us.