Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
It is very frustrating when a word, phrase or a name will not come to mind. It drives me crazy when something I know very well simply will not pop into my mind. Then ten minutes after I needed it bang there it is. Sometimes it is only when we quite trying to remember that the illusive bit of information shows up in our gray matter.
It is considered a human shortcoming to be forgetful. There are times when forgetting is useful and needed. In Hebrews 8:12 God is quotes as saying "For I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more." That God would voluntarily forget our forgiven sins is love beyond human comprehension.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
When I lived in Florida we often had visitors from the North during the winter. We were in a restaurant with one of our snowbird friends who made a comment about how good the tea taste in the South. I told her it was sweet tea. She responded that she put sugar in her tea at home but it never tasted that good.
We told her that in the North she brewed tea and then added the sugar which mostly sinks t the bottom of the glass. In the South the sugar is added before the water boils so that it is mixed completely and makes the tea sweet.
The same can be said for our Christian lives. Some people add an element of faith in God to their lives but it never mixes in to all of it. It is only when the love of God is throughly mixed into the whole of our beings that we have a sweet faith that fills our world with love.
Do others taste the sweetness of your faith when you are away from church?
Monday, March 9, 2009
I have always been struck by the actions of Jesus in the Gospels when he walked among sinners. He was often chided by the self righteous religious for consorting with tax-collectors and sinners.
Jesus often mingled with those who were social outcast. What other people thought was of little concern for Rabbi Jesus. He associated freely with tax collectors, sinners, lepers, and even ex-cons. In fact Jesus treated the fringe groups on the edge of society with love and compassion.
Jesus taught us - "As you do it to the least of these - you do it to me."
"Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited." Romans 12:16