Life is limited

Death gives life its fullest reality. ——————Anthony Dalla Villa, Eulogy for Andy Warhol, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, April 1,1987

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Death reminds us that our time in this life is limited. Knowing that there is an end pulls us to live each day to the fullest. God created life and a universe around us. Don’t forget to stop, look, and appreciate each moment.

Amazing God, you created everything. Help us to see that every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things can be idols

Why is life sped up so? Why are thing so terribly unbearably precious that you can’t enjoy them but can only wait breathless in dread of their going? ——Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I sometimes think that things have become more important than God. Things have become our idol. If we aren’t concerned about the things we have we are longing for the things we don’t have. TV is telling us every day that there is something else we must have.

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We have to learn to enjoy what we have now. We have to appreciate the life we have and give thanks.

Giving God, you have given us so much. Help us to know that it is enough and be thankful. AMEN

Light and Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”          …………………Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we are in the dark….with no light at all we feel disoriented. We need light coming from somewhere to give us balance and perception. We need the light. We need it to survive. Without light plants will not grow. The earth would be barren.

Just as much as we need light we need love. We need someone to hold up the mirror of love and show us our goodness. Without that we are barren.

God is willing to hold that mirror for us and let his light shine through us. Love and light give us life.

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Amazing God, your grace has given us what we need to live as you call us to. Help us to remember that. AMEN

Understand and DO

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. ————–Mark Twain

“Love your neighbor as yourself. Turn the other cheek. Follow me.” These are passages from the Bible that I do understand. There are many more. The trouble is that they call me to be a better person. Who they ask me to be seems impossible. How can I learn to be the Christian you want me to be?

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Lord help me! I do understand these words you have given me, but I don’t seem to be able to follow through. Help! AMEN

And it was good

“People of faith do not gt much help in thinking of their ordinary, physical lives as being particularly sacred.”     Barbara Brown Taylor

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Do you think of yourself as being sacred? I don’t know that I ever have. The truth is we are! God created us in his own image. We are a part of the whole creation and every part of it is sacred. Each day of creation we hear the words “and it was good.” God was clear about that. Everything in creation is sacred including us. Now we just have to believe it and live it out.

God of creation, you made us in your image and said “it is good.” All that you created is sacred. Help us to live as sacred people.

 

Are we holy?

“Holy” has the same root as “wholly”: it means complete. A man is not complete in spiritual stature if all his mind, heart, soul, strength are not given to God.                  R. J. H. Stewart

holyWe seldom think about what we give to God. Are we willing to let go of our whole person to God? This quote doesn’t mention body but I think it is contained in “strength.” We have to surrender everything. How do we do that? By letting go of small pieces at a time. Give up what you can each day and every day.

We are so caught up in ourselves that we can’t step outside. In order to be holy and whole we have to give everything. Loving God help us.

Choose the difficult path

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.  G.K. Chesterton

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Have we really tried to follow Jesus. For most of us its’ not that we don’t know how to be good Christians. We will do the little things. We will try to be kind to each other. – except when it gets in our way. We will give away things to Goodwill- things that we don’t need any more. We will pledge money to the church – but not so much that we don’t have enough for what we want. So we do follow Jesus –sort of. We wold’t want to be fanatics after all.

Help us Lord, not to be half-way Christians. Give us the courage to step out of the norm and be fanatics for you. AMEN

Live like Christ

Being Christian is more than dying with Christ it is living with him. Suzanne Boyd

Sometimes we focus on the death of Christ and the resurrection. These are important parts of the story but not all. Christ calls us to live with him…..to live like him. His words tell us to seek the kingdom of God and then he shows us how to do it.

live like ChristLoving Christ, you show us so clearly how to live to find God’s kingdom. May we seek your way always. AMEN