Mass shootings are not funny and the American people deserve more than “thoughts and prayers” from our politicians whom we elect and pay to enact legislation to frame a more safe and prosperous society.
Entering the life of ordained ministry will be the hardest thing you will ever do.
The drive for success is literally killing us, and G-d is calling us to experience abundant life that transcends our ability to produce and consume and simply allows us to be.
Every time I hear the spirituality of children and youth being dismissed in any way, I hear Jesus saying “suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not.”
Political differences are no longer a matter of a difference of opinion or perspective; rather, they represent either moral depravity or superiority depending on the side we find ourselves. We can no longer exchange ideas, engage in constructive dialogue, and move forward together. Nope. We have to attack.
The cost of our silence, or better yet of our willful disremembering, is the erasure of the experiences of countless millions whose bodies line the narrow-way that leads to salvation.
Something strange is happening - there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began.
Our identity is home, in our name spoken in sweetness, in our belovedness, and in our welcome. The world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.
We have to find ways of countering the all-too-often-too-small narrative of our politics with the bigness of G-d.
We must make the choice to return home. We must choose compassion. We must say yes to love. But whether that “yes” happens suddenly or subversively depends on the individual soul on the journey.