God’s Love

September 22, 2019

Reflections for Trinity 14

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity: (The BCP Readings for today can be found here). The collect for today, reads like this: Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The lovely command “Make us to love that which thou dost command”: Isn’t that an interesting phrase? A love forRead more

September 8, 2019

Reflections for Trinity 12, listen

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity: Many of us live in this mental space: we know how God would like us to live, and we know that we fail to meet that standard – repeatedly. Though we know that Jesus died for our sins, we still live with a chronic sense of guilt, an overwhelming idea that our Father is disappointed with us. If this sounds at all familiar, then today’s collect is going to be good, theologically sound, medicine forRead more

Beside the Well with Jesus

Woman at the well with Jesus

An excerpt from “Jesus the Bridegroom” by Brant Pitre: “I’d like to go back for a moment to the story of Jesus and the woman at the well (John 4:1-42). As we have already seen, the Samaritan woman was not what some would call ‘marriage material’ – at least, not for any ordinary bridegroom. She was a woman with a past, with all the baggage and wounds and shame that go with sin. She wasn’t from a great race ofRead more

A Meditation on Belonging

Woman carrying child - listen

“I Belong” by Kathryn Scott: Not angels nor demons, No power on earth or Heaven, Not distance nor danger, No trouble now or ever, Nothing can take me from Your great love. Forever this truth remains: I belong; I belong to You I belong; I belong to You Not hardship nor hunger, No pain or depth of sorrow, Not weakness nor failure, No broken dream or promise, Forever this truth remains: I belong; I belong to You I belong; IRead more

Caterpillar / Sparrow

Sparrow

Incompatible worldviews: Ayn Rand, in her famous novel The Fountainhead, wrote that compassion “is what one feels when one looks at a squashed caterpillar.” Compassion, in Rand’s view, was neither virtuous nor commendable. Instead she believed that the squashed caterpillar should inspire contempt and nothing more. Certainly no free rational being ought to feel any obligation to help such a pitiful life form. I confess I read a lot of Ayn Rand at an impressionable age. I admired the clarityRead more

Love like this

Mother kissing child

A harsh reality: Unconditional love often seems like an alien phenomenon in our world. In the last week alone I heard about three acquaintances whose marriages have ended, in each case because one partner decided he or she no longer wanted to be with the other. In our cultural climate, almost any reason is viewed as a legitimate one for breaking vows and walking away. This kind of conditional love is the norm we live with. It permeates the storiesRead more