Christ does not eliminate all the anger and violence of the world, but he does start transforming the energy of hate, anger, and violence into love, peace, and forgiveness.
In a noisy world with constant movement do we fear silence and stillness? What is lurking beneath the surface of our busy-ness?
To live in the Spirit is to stay connected, to live in a relationship “grounded in love” and reverence.
Does living water cleanse us of debris—worry, fear, and anxiety—and does living water fill us with hope, awe, and wonder at the same time?
May we be gentle with one another as we move faithfully three steps forward and two steps back.
We need Grace to rewire our minds from fear of the other to love of the other. We need to learn to build bridges and not walls that separate us.
How do we move from fear to love? From judgment to empathy? From condemnation to mercy?
Do we see ourselves as recipients of amazing grace or do we believe we have earned everything? How do we respond to grace freely given?
Who has been an authentic friend to us? To whom have we been a friend? Have we discovered God as a faithful friend?
What does it mean for us to see one another and the world with the eyes of Christ? Who is welcome and who is not welcome in the church? Who is in and who is out?