One of the Facebook posts that has struck me the most lately is: In a world where you can be anything, be kind. This quote has appeared over and over again in my news feed. And these past few weeks and months of hearing about many of the disheartening events and interactions in our news-these words seem to ring out even louder to be heard. I even find myself asking “why aren’t we practicing kindness?” And then I began reading Romans-in reading through the New Testament. (Yes, I am behind). And right......
When I think back to some of the most difficult moments of my life, I constantly question myself. Was I truthful? Did I show compassion? Have I gotten to a point where I can look back with forgiveness and mercy? The latter of these can be really tough. I want to be merciful, and yet it can be so hard. Mercy can be both one of the easiest and one of the hardest of actions to show other people. It can be easy to show mercy when working through a small, insignificant......
The psalmist begins the 15th Psalm with the question “O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?” Essentially, “Who can live in God’s sanctuary?” Before reading the responses in v. 2-5, wouldn’t it seem that our lectionary reading from Micah is already a very poignant answer to the question. Question: “Who can live in God’s sanctuary?” Answer: “those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” A deeper look at v. 2-5 of Psalm 15 seems to be the same answer, just a......