There is power in asking simple questions. Especially when those questions are open ended questions. Not just a question that could be answered with a yes or a no, but the kind of question that invites reflection and elaboration.
While the pandemic and pastoral changes are both seasons of transition, neither has slowed down the work of God at FUMC Hurst. We’ve increased our creativity and worked to strengthen our connections.
I finished watering and took a chair, plunked it down on my dirt lawn and sat down. It was hard to admit but, despite the condition of my yard—the dead shrubs, the empty flower beds, it felt good to be outside.
There’s an underlying philosophy of “Why reinvent the wheel?” or “Don’t fix what isn’t broken”….I’m learning that it’s exciting to open our eyes to new possibilities. I wonder what traditions you need to review a little bit further? I wonder what trappings in your world need to be loosened?
In our community as many as 37% of households fall below this survival budget threshold. This means that parents with full-time jobs may be earning enough for rent, or food, or childcare, but likely can’t afford all the things they need to survive.
Do you ever have one of those days when you pause and don’t just look, but actually SEE what is happening around you and think, “Wow, God is doing some really cool things!”? It happened to me last Sunday.
Some of what we’ve learned was just for a time…But I hope that, as we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we keep the long-term things we have learned – how to love God in unforeseen circumstances and how to love our neighbors in new ways.
See what’s new on this nametag? “Not really,” she replied, kindly, and with a giggle. I looked down. I was wearing the wrong nametag. My nametag didn’t have those three special letters, “Rev.” on it.
It’s good to do some poking around in the corners of our lives to see what’s there, what’s been gathering dust. Surely, it doesn’t hurt just to take a look.
In Jeremiah 31:3 God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” How easy it is for us to take those words for granted. What would happen if we had a glimpse of the everlasting love of God vibrant and alive in us?
“Actions speak louder than words.” “You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?” We have a number of phrases in the English language that point to the idea that ‘showing’ is better than just ‘telling’.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Mark 9:7 Especially in this pandemic, many of us are starved for human connection. We are isolated and frustrated, so when human connections do happen, they are so precious that we don’t want…