Tag Archives: love

Purging My Shelves

Purging My Shelves

By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How could we sing the Lord’s […]

Speaking The Truth In Love

Speaking The Truth In Love

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. (Ephesians […]

Are We A Beloved Community?

Are We A Beloved Community?

Let love be genuine. Hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good. Love one another with familial affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:9-10) When the Apostle Paul addressed the above words to his community in Rome, somehow he knew that it wouldn’t be religious rules, regulations, or legalisms that would […]

Ears to Hear

Ears to Hear

“Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.” (Mark 4:23-24, NRSV) Multiple times Jesus told his disciples, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” This admonition is found […]

Look Within

Look Within

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!” Genesis 4:9-10 Last week was a week of fire and tremendous turbulence in our country. Today begins a new […]

For Everything, A Season

For Everything, A Season

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to […]

A Modern-Day Salutation

A Modern-Day Salutation

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you, praying with joy…” Philippians 1:2-4a Greetings on this Memorial Day Monday! I would have written “Happy Memorial Day”, but I know it is […]

Family Friday: The Abundance of Mothers

Family Friday: The Abundance of Mothers

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”  Isaiah 66:13 When the calendar turns to May, I think of my mother and her best friend since boarding school days, who I fondly call Aunt Dale. Their birthdays are a week apart, around Mother’s Day. My own mother passed away nine years ago, […]

Called to Be Friends

Called to Be Friends

I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. John 15:15 (NRSV) In 1980 Paula Ripple, an American Catholic nun and spiritual leader, published a […]

Then Sings My Soul

Then Sings My Soul

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing! For the LORD is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever, God’s faithfulness to all generations! Psalm 100:1, 5 On occasion, I’ve seen video clips of outdoor concerts with thousands of people crowded together around […]