Tag: attentiveness

incense smoke

Smoke

I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is…

burning bush

Seeing (Unsandaled)

God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.” -from Exodus 3 “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning What separates you, Friends, from experiencing God’s presence? What…

Open Hearts, Open Ears

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your…

Experimenting

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. -from John 10 The theme for Quaker Knoll’s Day/Beginner camp this…

Living Abundantly

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. -Jesus, in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew Here’s an old sermon trick for you. Ready? Okay. It’s a series of reflective questions: If you could…

On Love

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. -Jesus, in the 5th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel Last week, we talked about murder. I opened my sermon by ruining everyone’s Sunday plans by saying that murder is…

Be Prepared

If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. -Jesus, in the 12th chapter of Matthew This conflict is a bit obscure. The gist of it is that harvesting grains was a violation of Sabbath law- you can’t go out…

Tenth Leper

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since…