On Sunday I asked a question in worship: Have we been too busy to be really present with one another? In our society which believes that time is a commodity, this is an important question for all of us, not some of us. About a month ago when preparing a sermon based on the gospel stories of Jesus feeding thousands of people with only a few loaves and fishes, I came across this unique verse in Mark’s version of the story: “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they......
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the......
Family can be messy. From those who have become estranged because of some family conflict, to those crazy, eccentric relatives, to siblings who just don’t seem to understand one another, to parents with differing or unrealistic expectations, to you name it…family can be messy. Most of us are uncomfortable with mess. We either want to clean it up, fix it, and mend what is broken. Or we want to steer clear of the mess altogether. After all, if it is out of sight, then it is out of mind, right? The truth......