From The Heart

… you can not make one hair white or black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”…  Matthew 5:27-37  A reality in life is that a swear and a promise are merely words that we say to assure someone else of our commitments. The words mean nothing if they don’t first come from the heart of the one who commits. When we find our heart falling away from our commitments, we have only to remember our redemption through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, in order that we may come back to the heart of the matter of what God has placed within us to do, according to His promise. God does not ask us to perform miracles, only to trust the true Love placed within our heart which enables the work we are called to fulfill.

Prayer: Gracious God your word is active and living, we know that you are a God who keeps promises, and that you sent your son Jesus Christ to help us live according your promise, help us to keep the promises we make in our heart before you and guide us in order that we may keep them among one another.

Lent Day 35

Emergence

Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday; Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem amidst a crowd eagerly awaiting a king with songs of Hosanna! Though his works have preceded him, how formidable is a man on a donkey? Is it perhaps a first century equivalent to flying under the radar? There is no flashy ride with exuberant wheels or designer clothing with pretentious bling. Even today we know that flamboyance is shallow and Jesus arrives with something much deeper within him, something that can’t be seen but felt.  True Love. It scares some people away while drawing others closer. Jesus enters the gates of Jerusalem knowing that this moment, however celebrated, is fleeting, nevertheless, True Love propels. As we draw closer, and enter the gates of our own Jerusalem, we don’t always have the luxury of knowing what lies ahead, but what we share deep within is the benefit of God’s True Love and we let True Love propel.

 

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51

Cooperative Economy – Building The Body

…Let us love one another, because love is from God: everyone who loves is born of God and knows God… for God is love.  1 John 4:7-16  We are drawn to a sense of belonging and support the people we love. True love builds the heart, builds the mind, builds the soul. True love gives and in return true love receives. True love is an everlasting economy.