Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shal be over-thrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. Jonah 3:4-5
The story of Jonah is memorable for many reasons. Jonah is introduced as a “reluctant prophet” in the section heading in my Bible, told to “get up and go to Nineveh.” (1:2) His response is to put a big body of water between him and where he received the message. In the midst of a storm, Jonah acknowledges that God is pursuing him and asks to be thrown into the sea where, of course, a giant fish swallows him whole and gives Jonah time to think. When Jonah understands he needs to be faithful, the fish “vomits” him onto dry land, (2:10) where he hears the call again – “go to Nineveh.” (3:2) This time, Jonah listened. Continue reading “Encouraging Healthy Appetites”
“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down…” -Isaiah 64:1 (NRSV)
I’ve been thinking a lot about faithfulness in preparing for Advent and reflecting on simple questions like “What is it? What does it look like today… in our church… in our community… in each of our lives?” Continue reading “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.”
-Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)
This Sunday is one of the most important days in the entire Christian calendar: “Christ the King” Sunday. It’s a chance to affirm once more whose world this is, and just who we belong to as the church of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Give Thanks”
“I don’t understand, but I know my God does.” -Pastor Frank Pomeroy, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas
What can anyone say in the face of violence against the elderly… against children… against a church? I am a voracious reader of news. In the wake of any tragedy, this past Sunday’s tragedy, I refresh the news feed on my phone constantly. I listen to the radio, keep TV news on in the background, all in the hope understand what has taken place, why it happened, where there might be light and hope in the situation. This makes me both typical and also a part of the problem. Continue reading “How Long, O Lord?”
I don’t know what your Thanksgiving looks like. If it’s like mine, it will be loud.
There are annual rituals to attend to for all of us, different but similar. Airport pickups. Inflating air mattresses. Recipes will be pulled out of binders for casseroles everyone loves yet, perplexingly, are only cooked at this one meal this one time of the year. It’s a blessing to be able to celebrate like this. I pray you all have a place to receive love and a warm meal next week. Continue reading “Take Time to Be Holy”
I’ve got remembering on my mind this week. Today is Halloween, of course, the “Hallowed Evening” prior to “All Hallow’s Day” or “All Saints Day.” This is a time when we remember the faithful departed and share their hope for “the life of the world to come.”
I think of the people who shaped me and pray you take the time to reflect on those who have shaped you, too. Continue reading “Remembrance and Forgiveness”
It’s never easy to ask for an invitation after you find out something is happening. There’s always the fear you may not have been invited for a reason. I know I’ve wanted to get the courage up to ask in the past… almost every time (almost) the lack of an invitation was an innocent oversight.
Still, we are the church, a community where all are invited to grow in faith, together. Would you believe there are FOUR events taking place in our church community this week? Continue reading “You Are Invited!”