day 8 On Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 12:08 PM, Eric Bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: #Agape, Day 8: From a fetus to an octogenarian; whether gay, straight or transgender; whether wealthy and powerful or poor and vulnerable, agape calls on us to love each other. That means loving each person but also loving the diversity that […]
An oral tradition is not an act of remembering. It’s an act of maintenance. When something that was written 800 years ago is passed from one generation to the next, it stops being 800 years old, and becomes something that your grandmother taught you.
When we find ourselves on the edge — confronted by the inevitable challenge of our mortality, facing eternity, we are humbled by a mystery that cannot be fathomed.
This is a moment of religious desperation, a moment when try, in vain, to tame the ultimate.
On November 27th — which, as of this writing is three days off — I will have been your pastor for one year! In garlic terms, then, my bottom two or three leaves would now be turning yellow.
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the heart, by itself is a biological necessity, but the heart with eyes is a religious necessity.
The heart must interact with the rest of the world. Then the heart is given meaning. Then the life is given purpose.
This change — this transformation from heat wave to cold snap… from flourishing to dormancy, from ripple, to ice…is a seasonal reminder that we must learn to be good at letting go; a reassurance, built into the cycle of our lives, that there is no such thing as sadness without beauty…
Prayer does not take away our responsibility.
Because prayer is not simply a speaking outwards toward God.
Prayer is more than that. Prayer is an acting inward toward God.