Generally, when we consider the writings of the apostle Paul, we think of letters that are harsh and straight to the point. At times, Paul has a very aggressive style of writing as he tries to persuade his listeners. As a matter of fact, when I read the writings of Paul, I have come to expect his intensity. There are moments in the book of Romans that are no exception. As I reread more of his letter to the Romans, I was encouraged by messages of hope, grace, and God’s righteousness. In......
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......
A sigh is so easily misunderstood. By definition, to sigh is to “emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.” A lot can be wrapped up in a sigh. I often let out sighs after moving a heavy piece of furniture, or laying my head down on pillow at the end of a tiring day, or when I try to communicate clearly to someone just to be misunderstood. Literally, a sigh helps lighten the load…physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Romans passage for this week says, for we......