Tonight, my soul is crying out. I am mourning the death of two more at UNC-Charlotte this evening. My soul aches, my brain is confused, and my whole body is scared. When we lived in Charlotte, we saw young people that we worked closely with and loved fall victim to gun violence. We walked beside families in picking up the broken pieces and their confusion. So the news of more gun violence strikes a nerve. The past few weeks have brought too many shootings. My soul is wondering how can I turn......
Try reading these two scriptures Isaiah 43 & Luke 3 together…in a new way. What do you hear differently? Below, the Luke text is italicized. Isaiah 43:1-7 f Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. The people were filled with expectation, and everyone wondered whether John might be the Christ. John replied to them all, “I baptize you with water, but the......
This morning, I will be leading prayer for the region (North Carolina Disciples of Christ) via conference call. I wanted to offer this prayer to each of you as well…I pray for our church and community that we may continue to seek God’s light in the darkness. In the style of Lection divina (or Divine Reading), this morning I invite you to pray the scriptures along with me. In addition, if you have a candle nearby, take a moment and light it and place it next to you. Allow this candle to......
There is an unrest in our nation unlike any in my memory. That unrest has different effects on each of us. I found solace in the Isaiah’s text for this week. Today, I offer Isaiah’s prayer as a prayer for our nation. In my own words and interpretation, I pray the prayer of scripture… Holy One, we offer our cries to You! There is unrest in our land. There is a conflict between the leading of our conscience and the leading of Your Spirit. Lord, I plea that not only with words,......