I have a somewhat unpopular and uncomfortable topic today. Are you ready for it? Okay, here it is: God can change. Folks often talk about how God can change us humans. But we don’t often talk about God as the one who changes. But it’s true. Just look to scripture for examples… Moses changes God’s mind on Mt Sinai. (see Exodus 32 – verse 14: And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.) Psalmist sings prayers to change God’s mind all the time (for example, Psalm......
Have you ever got a new pet? And struggled with training it? Joanie and I got our first dog a month or so after we got engaged. He was a beagle mix. We named him Jesse and he and loved to go sniffing and chasing things. We struggled with training him. He was one of those dogs that you didn’t really take for a walk…because you didn’t walk him. He walked you! Jesse would pull us around the neighborhood from smell to smell. And we would pull back against him trying to......
Introductory Reflection Yesterday (Saturday) was Epiphany. It is that Holy Day when we celebrate the Magi visiting Jesus and the star-studded revelation that led them to the Christ child. You were probably taught long ago that there were 3 magi (wise men or kings) each bearing a gift: gold, frankincense and myrrh. However, the old hymn (We Three Kings) is not exactly correct. We don’t really know how many Magi visited Jesus. It could have been a dozen or just two. Over the centuries people have assumed there were three magi because......
There’s an iconic scene from movies and tv shows: some force is threatening a group of people and a hero holds back the danger to save the day. Sometimes is a superhero show and there is something threatening the entire world. Sometimes is a spy show, mystery or drama, and there’s something threatening a small group of folks, members of a team trying to solve a puzzle. It’s even in military shows where a city or community or nation are threatened. But whatever the type of story, some character steps up to......
Rwanda. 1994. Just after Easter. In 100 days over 800,000 Tutsi people are killed by the Hutu majority government. An estimated 70-80% of the Tutsi population. After the genocide was halted by the Rwandan Patriotic Force taking control of the country, an estimated 2 million Rwandans, mostly Hutus who feared retribution, were displaced and became refugees. The rate of killing during these 100 days was higher than that of the Holocaust. And this mass killing was obviously labeled a genocide. Now, you probably have some memory of this happening, most likely because......
There’s an old familiar Robert Frost poem that speaks about diverging roads. You are probably familiar with its most famous line about taking the road less traveled and that making all the difference. Yet the poem is not titled “the road less traveled.” No, it is titled “The Road Not Taken.” As if the author is not focused on the road he took, but more on the road not taken. And if, in fact, you read the poem, it is focused on the road NOT taken. Listen. Two roads diverged in a......