Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Monday, December 25, 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas – Devotional
Day 1 – Christmas Luke 2: 7
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Christ was born! Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus! Today is a day we celebrate and rejoice!  Yet as we look at our pristine and pretty nativity scenes we must remember that Jesus’ real birth wasn’t so perfect.  It certainly wasn’t the clean hospital sterile births of day.  The fact that it wasn’t perfect needs to be celebrated and embraced. Christmas is often a hard day, as we reflect on what we miss or don’t have but Christ didn’t come in a perfect way or to a perfect place.  Even in this passage, we are reminded that there was no place for him inside and so he was outside with the animals.  Such an important part of our theology: God came not to save the righteous but the sinners.  God did not send Jesus to walk among us as a perfect human in perfect circumstances but instead Jesus was surrounded by the imperfection of humanity.  He came into this imperfect world to offer grace.  Let us not worry if today is perfect; let us not fret about the Christmas of past that we miss or even those we no longer get to celebrate this day with.  Let us not seek the “perfect Christmas morning” with presents, families and joy.  Let us instead embrace our imperfect Christmas, full of longing or loneliness or stress; let us embrace the Holy Gift born out of great love to offer salvation to the imperfect.   Rejoice that Jesus was born; Salvation to all who are imperfect!

Day 2 – Titus 3: 4-5
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

Salvation is offered to us; not for the works we have done but from the love and mercy of God.  Such powerful words for us and yet sometimes very daunting words.  It is hard to imagine within humanity an example of someone who despite all the times we have done them wrong, still offers us salvation; yet we must remember that God is beyond humanity.  Genesis only says we are made in “God’s image;” we are only a part of God’s grandeur creation and we must remember these things – God is bigger then us.  Our God is a God of forgiveness and salvation.  This doesn’t mean that in God’s name we don’t spread good into the world; this does mean though that we don’t have to be perfect.  That our lives can be filled with every day humanness and even when we get too angry, too greedy or whatever too lead us to sin, Jesus still loves us – God loves us! God in mercy sent Jesus to save us.  Today we rejoice that the baby in the manger was not just any baby but instead is God manifested for our Salvation!

Day 3 – Revelation 21: 3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;

Christmas for many ends on Christmas day but traditional Christmas has been celebrated for 12 days beginning on Christmas and moving through Epiphany.  Each day was a day of feast and celebration that Jesus was born and God out of love for humanity forged a new relationship with us, one that was built through Jesus’ own humanity.   Thus, God is among us mortals!  Jesus walked with us and now through the Holy Spirit, Jesus gift to us, God remains among us.  During Christmas time we spend a lot of time talking about the “Christmas Spirit” and watching  
movies about the magic of Christmas.  This is a great reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit and yet we often let this spirit die the rest of the year.  Our passage doesn’t just say that God walks among mortals sometimes but instead it states that “the home of God is among mortals” – the HOME.  Through our acceptance of the Holy Spirit in us we also become the “home” of God.  As you continue this journey to epiphany think up ways that you can keep God’s spirit in the spotlight.

Day 4 – John 1: 14
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

Jesus lived among us and his glory was not only witnessed but participated in, from Mary and Joseph, to shepherds, to Herod, to wise travelers, to disciples, to soldiers, to religious leaders and Roman officials; but it doesn’t end there.  Jesus story doesn’t end with his death on the cross, his walk as flesh might, but his glory – grace and truth – remain and continue to be a witnessed and participated in.  We celebrate Christmas each year and are reminded of the birth of the infant Jesus and all the wonder and awe that comes with it.  We are reminded of the glory of God that so loved the world.  As seasons change and we get older, God’s glory becomes more important.  God’s grace that fill us with strength to get out of bed and courage to move through frustration leads us to the truth that the Kingdom awaits us.  Some days the wait seems like too long and some days you might wish lasted longer but God’s glory full of grace and truth is also full of God’s timing.  The Word did not become flesh at creation but instead at the right time.  A time that to many seems arbitrary and yet to God was perfect.  The glory of God was not known at the beginning but instead was offered to the world, as an infant, in God’s time.  Let the glory of God’s grace and truth fill us today with whatever it is we need to keep living into the amazing grace of God.

Day 5 – Ecclesiastes 3: 1
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

A powerful reminder to us that God is in control.  Everything has a season the passage continues with a litany of times: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to dance, ect… This reminds us, beautifully, of not only the rhythm of life but also points out that we are not the ones in control.  Yet as the seasons change and our bodies age, control is what we fight for.  We fight to control our bodies, as they decline; we fight help, as we strive to prove something; we fight God as we don’t want to give up control of everything.  Yet allowing yourself to live fully into this season of your life is not the same as giving up.  Accepting some help is not giving up.  Allowing God’s grace to work through other people to uplift and support your life, is not giving up it is living into this season.  This is the season in which we rejoice in the birth of Christ.  A baby born under imperfect circumstances into an imperfect world and yet was born in God’s perfect time.  Jesus’ beginning is a glimpse of what his ministry will be like and what his glory will come to mean. So today, let God be in control, if that means during this season you accept more help – remember the seasons past of which you offered help.  Let this be a season that instead of mourning you allow yourself to dance in joy of the blessings around you.  Embrace this season and live it to its fullness knowing and being assured that this season will past and you will one-day dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

Day 6 – Psalm 89: 2
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

These words hear are speaking not about us but about God.  The psalmist is saying that God’s steadfast love is established forever and God’s faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. This are reassuring words for sure.  That word ‘forever’ in Hebrew really gives us this sense of continuing indefinitely.  That this everlasting love knows no stops.  Let’s let that sink in, deep into our souls, God’s everlasting, forever, love knows no stops; God’s love is continual.  What a blessing!  What a thought!  As we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, we celebrate God’s love manifested in Christ.  Jesus could have come in any way, God humbly walking among us could have just appeared one day; yet, instead God with us was humbly born as an infant.  Not just any infant, but an infant son of an unwed woman and a carpenter who were willing to trust God.  God’s steadfast love deserves from us this type of response; a response of faithfulness.  A response of “here I am Lord.”  Think this day about what this infant baby means for you and your journey with God.  God’s love has been delivered to the world and it is now our turn to respond.  Why does it matter that Jesus is born?

Day 7 -Luke 2: 14
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

This is what the angles proclaim to the shepherds.  What an interesting way to proclaim the birth of the World’s savior; not to those studying God, not to those who are looking for a savior, but those tending sheep in the middle of the night.  The awe of the angles over took these shepherds and when they left they began searching for this infant savior.  I wonder if they were surprised to see the lowly Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  How powerful it must have been for them to see that God came not as a rich person who has everything but as one of them. Glory to God in the highest of heaven, surely must have been their song to know that God not only so loved each of them but that God with us was going to experience their life, a hard life.  In our moments of the everyday mundane we must be willing to keep our eyes open and our hearts ready for God’s glory to be revealed.  The night for the shepherds began like any other and yet ended like no other.

Day 8 – Isaiah 62: 12
They shall be called, "The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord"; and you shall be called, "Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken."

God has not forgotten nor forsaken us.  God has not forgotten nor forsaken you.  This is a message we need to hear today; as our world becomes wider, our churches become smaller we need this message.  As the angles appeared to shepherds to proclaim the good news not to the rich but to God’s people whom felt most disenfranchised; so too do we need to hear the words of Isaiah.  God is still with us, Christ Emmanuel is still among us; we must just listen.  We need to open ourselves, not to the emptiness that this Christmas season often leaves us with, but to the fullness of the Spirit of God’s Holy Presence in our lives.  Christmas can be a season of loneliness, a time for us to reflect and realize all that we have lost as we age.  It can be a time of isolation as we struggle for independence or let physical limitations get in the way of full celebration.  It can be a time in which we feel forgotten and forsaken to suffer and yet
God called us “Holy People.”  Through Christ’s birth we have been offered more then salvation and grace we have been offered a relationship; a relationship that names us Holy, a relationship in which we know that we are not forgotten but that we are invited to live in the Kingdom of God.

Day 9 – Psalm 72: 12 For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

Actual scientific studies have proven that pray works.  Those who pray or allow God in their lives not only survive at higher rates illness but they recover faster and have less pain.  Wow! The power of God always leaves me in awe.  We are reminded that when we allow God in, our lives are changed.  Jesus came into the world, but we must welcome Christ into our lives.  We journey from Christmas to Epiphany, the time the magi traveled to find Christ and welcome him.   They put their trust in the light of the star and found a child that would offer salvation to all.  A child who would one day be a King to the sufferings.  Let God in and allow yourself to be delivered.

Day 10 – Isaiah 60: 1-2
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  For darkness shall cover the Earth and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you and his glory will appear over you.

The light of a star may have brought the magi to the house of Mary and Joseph but Jesus brought the light into the world.  Jesus opened blind eyes and allowed all those living in darkness to see that light could come in.  Jesus is the light of the world and our life.  But his light is more then just knowledge but it is also God’s glory!  Think about how bright God’s light shines in your life. Do you let it shine or hide it away?  Are you a person of think darkness or of great glory?  No matter where we are in our faith journey there is room for us to allow God’s light to shine in our lives and act as agents of glory.

Day 11 – Psalm 97: 11
Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.

Let us rejoice now in the light that brings glory to our days and joy to our hearts especially this Christmas season.  Many of our songs are about the “joy” of Christmas; yet for many our Christmases are stressful or full of longing that we don’t let joy in to fill our hearts. But this is a season of joy.  A season of remembering not only the birth of Christ but the promise in the kingdom of heaven.  For that is where our joy is found.  Light dawns on the righteous and joy fills the right in heat.  Both of these words here (right and righteous) aren’t speaking of the sinless but instead the right with God; those who have a relationship with God.  That’s means all of us, not just the perfect can have the joy of God.  Jesus didn’t come to save the perfect but to offer salvation to the world; a world of sinners.  Today let the joy of knowing that God’s grace extends to us all and God’s salvation and forgiveness will bring joy to our hearts.  

Day 12 – Matthew 2: 10-11
When they saw the star had stopped they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary, his other, and they knelt down and paid homage. Then opening their treasure chests they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

One big point of Epiphany, it wasn’t at Jesus’ birth.  The magi arrived when Jesus was a toddler.  They followed the star tat appeared at Jesus’ birth for several years; trusting in all they had learned and been taught before arriving at the house of Jesus.  This journey was long and hard. This journey took many different turns and at the end this journey left them returning by even a longer journey; yet they believed and trusted.  Not only did they trust but the magi are people from the East, they aren’t Hebrews, yet they trusted. They trusted, believed, followed and found!  We take many different paths in our life.  We travel lots of ways and in the end usually don’t end up where we thought we would.  Yet, we trust in that this journey is rewarded in the Kingdom.  Remember that this Epiphany, this last Sunday in the Christmas Season that it isn’t as important how long you took in your journey or even who you were as long as in your life you trusted, glorified God and welcomed Christ into your life.  Trust today that no matter what is to come as your journey on Earth ends, that for those who welcomed the Christ child your journey continues into the Kingdom of Heaven.








Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Morning

Christmas doesn't come within a void but within a season, the end of Advent.  Outside the church, Christmas music starts in November, but in the church Christmas music doesn't come until Christmas Eve.  Some people come to church on Christmas Eve and Easter only, missing out on the season of Advent.  Yet it is so important.  It is not just the time we prepare ourselves for Christmas morning; but the season in which the church looks within ourselves.  How well have we been keeping up the Spirit of Christ?  How well have we been preparing the way not only for Christ to work within our own lives but in the lives of others?

On the first Sunday of Advent, with the prophets we asked the question: "Is this time?"  Is it time for the Messiah? The prophetic voice we hear is the signs so that we will know that indeed it is time.  For us today, we ask "Is this time for me?"  "Can I make the time for God in my life?"

On the second Sunday of Advent we meet with John the Baptist who is telling off some religious leaders and we are left with "Is this good fruit we bear?"  Do we spread goodness around?  Do we share God's love wherever we go?  Do we truly live into our relationship with God or do we spread anger and hate?  This are the tough questions as we are asked to look into ourselves.  We are asked to not just live into the Christmas spirit once a year but all year around spread the goods of great joy to the world.

On the third Sunday of Advent, still with John, we are left with "Is this him? the one?"  John has sent some of his disciples to scoop Jesus out and see if this is indeed the Messiah.  This is something we must ask ourselves.  Living in a society of multiple faiths, we are left with the ability to choose.  Yet, choice is something interesting for it is a must.  Simply living "open" or "spiritual but not religious" is in a way a choice to reject and yet to accept nothing.  We are called to make a choice; we are called to live into that choice by living into a full relationship with God.  John knows the answer to this question, on the third Sunday John is sending out his own disciples to help them figure it out for themselves.  Once they witness all that Jesus has done we are left with the understanding that they choose to follow.  We are reminded this day, that we must choose.***

On the fourth Sunday in Advent we hear from Joseph and Mary.  We see the struggles to understand and the understand the "messiness" of life.  Yet we also hear the faithfulness of the two young people who because of their strong faith listen to God.  Live into what God is asking of them.  We are left with the question "Is this worth it?" Certainly they answered "yes" or they would not have continued on as Jesus parents.  Today it is worth it for those who believe.  Jesus works within and through our lives to bless us at moments we need it most.  I can personally affirm, it is worth it to have faith!  Don't believe me, look at science:  people with faith recover better.  People with faith are less depressed, people with faith live longer.  People who have faith communities pray for them heal!

On Christmas Eve we hear Luke's words tell the amazing story of Jesus birth.  We hear the angel speak to the shepherd and the choir of angels sings the goriest song.  And we are left pondering "Is this real?"  Pretty sure that angels appeared to more then one shepherd for if only one experienced it, they wouldn't have believed what happened to them was real.  After hearing from the angel they go out and search for this baby, perhaps to test to see if it was for real.  They look and find Jesus, just as it was foretold, lying in a manager.  At that moment they knew this was for real.  Hopefully you too have had a moment in which you knew God was real.  A moment in which you felt the Divine working.  If you haven't had that moment, it will come.  The shepherds heard the angels words and went out looking for the sign; they didn't just sit back down in the field and say "oh well if it is real it will come to us!"  God extends invitations for us to experience the Divine around us daily; but we must be open to accepting that invite.

On Christmas morning, we open presents under the tree and we are surrounded by family.  Jesus doesn't get mentioned much as Santa and Reindeer are the big deals.  But in the quiet of the Naivety the infant Jesus lay in a manager.  The question that gets asked is: Is this for us?  You see Immanuel God with us is more then just a King born in the line of David to rule Israel.  Jesus, God humbly walking among us, line of David, came not to usher in a new Israel for people 2000 years ago, but instead came to usher in a New Kingdom.  A Kingdom not of this world but for this world.  A Kingdom in Heaven not for one group of people at one time but for all people for all time.  Jesus that baby is not just born for Mary and Joseph, for the disciples or Paul but for you and me.  Jesus was born for Salvation to all who believe, who trust and who say "Indeed this is for me!"

God's love for the world abounds around us and in us.  God's love for the world manifested as Christ and offered Salvation to all - of every time and place - of every race and gender.  We are reminded this day that indeed it is the one who has come to save us, who has made us all worthy of salvation and who in the fullness of God's grace offers us all new hope in Kingdom everlasting.








*** by making a choice to accept Jesus as the One, the Messiah you are not thus suggesting that all must do so.  By accepting Jesus we are not rejecting or disrespecting others faiths.  This is simply about your own relationship with God and how you are going to express it.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Unfolds


Watching Christmas unfold through the eyes of children is truly a special sight.  When my oldest was three, we were traveling through New York City.  And there outside one of the train stations we came upon a giant Christmas Tree.  With wide wondrous eyes, she exclaimed “WOW this is a lot of Christmas here!”  She was overwhelmed by the display as it was bigger than anything else she had seen.  Every year since with bright awestruck eyes she points out every decorated Christmas tree she sees.  And that is just one beautiful example of Christmas decorations – there are plenty: from snowmen to Rudolph. From snow globes to stockings; from wreaths to poinsettias; this is the holiday for decorating.  Stores begin putting Christmas decorations up earlier and earlier each year – now as early as September.  But whenever they get taken out and put up the tradition of decorating during this season is contagious.  Some may decorate for Easter and fewer yet will decorate for lent, advent, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and no one ever decorates their home for occasions like Pentecost.  But Christmas is the one Christian holiday we all do.

And so we celebrate the birth of the baby with such color and excitement that it is easy to forget that Jesus’ beginning was anything but.  In fact one might consider his entrance into this world to very dull.  It is pretty specular that from such a humble birth God’s wonder was revealed to be bigger then we all imagined.  That through the simple baby God’s grace was brought into this world.  Mary delivered a baby whose life was bigger than she could imagine – trusting God she pondered all these prophesies in her heart.  And a simple little package, a humble baby wrapped in bands of cloth lying the manger became the greatest gift we come to know on Earth – our Savior Christ! WOW

No wonder we want to spread this message of love, hope, joy and peace through cheer and decoration; through vivid colors and bright presents; through bows and packages bright until our awestruck eyes glimmer with joy exclaiming “Merry Christmas One and All!”

Today, we heard the Good News of Luke – the angels spoke to the awestruck Shepherd who in wonder and amazement thought “wow, that was an angel – could this be real?” And in that moment they searched in order to find, the greatest gift of all, the infant Savior.

But the greatest decorations and the brightest and biggest packages under the tree are triumphed when we remember what is offered to us through our faith and trust in Christ.  You see the Shepherds who were tending their sheep believed and followed the angels instructions and came upon the infant and with awestruck eyes the angels truth was told. 

It would have been pretty incredible to be one of those shepherds to have witness the angel speak and the heavenly host singing praises.  That would have been a sight for sure and surely enough to make one believe…but unfortunately none of us are old enough to have been witness that.  And yet we still believe!  None of us saw the infant Jesus wrapped and lying in a manger and YET we have come to know Christ in our own ways and have come to feel his love and to believe.  One does not have see to believe one has to feel to know.  And we have all felt the love of Christ throughout our lives. 

Sometimes God’s love seems as big and bright and as full as our Christmas decorations.  There are many “big” events in our life in which we are sure that God grace is filling our hearts and we know that the presence of the Holy is here.  But much of our lives is pretty ordinary.  Much of our lives isn’t spent in anticipation of God’s grace, isn’t spent with decorations reminding us of his love.  Much of our lives isn’t spent believing without doubt. 

The shepherds left Mary and her infant knowing that the things the angel told them were true and they came to pass.  Mary was left pondering all that had happened in her heart.  This Christmas let us remember that through a humble beginning God brought us the greatest gift of all – through an ordinary women God’s son was born.  Without lights or presents Jesus was born into this world on a dark evening vulnerable and without shelter. 

Whatever we may be without this Christmas season let us be filled with the love that God had for us knowing that he sent his only son to come to know humanity not for the awestruck wonder of our lives sometimes but for the quiet and vulnerable moments that make up most of our lives.  And that the biggest present doesn’t fit under the tree and can’t be wrapped for it is God’s grace and mercy.  Let us accept the amazing grace that is the Christ Child and spread the love of God now and forever knowing and pondering that God has even more planned for us.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas is Complicated

My favorite story from last Christmas was an exchange between my then 4 year old and 6 year old.  We have a large nativity that is always placed on our table.  They were playing with the pieces when the 4 year old says very proudly "this is Jesus."  However he was holding up Joseph and it took less than a second for this sister to correct him: "no! That is Joseph Jesus' daddy, Jesus is the baby."  She points to the baby (yes gasp! we put out Jesus early!).  Then she says in her teaching tone: "that is Joseph, Jesus' father."  My 4 year hold very upset says: "No, that can't be, Jesus' dad is God!"  and then in all the wisdom of the wise universe the 6 year old says: "it is very complicated but Jesus has two dads."
The next day, my 4 year old and I were sitting at the table and he proudly picks up Joseph and says to me: "This is Jesus' earth's dad." 

Christmas is complicated.  The birth story of Jesus is and yet at the same time simple.  It is us and our society and our time that make things that could be simple into complicated webs.  It is our projection on the "normal" that makes the Spiritual seem unbelievable.  Jesus reminds us to come to him as little children, because of this vary reason.  My 4 and 6 year old can simply accept that Christmas is complicated and be open to the power. They can be inspired by the story without letting every detail of the story get in the way of belief.  More importantly they can see Jesus as both/and instead of either/or.  A powerful reminder to us this holiday.  Let us embrace this.  Let us go out into the complicated world with our complicated Christmas story and simply live; simply love and in awe simply worship.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Advent

This Advent I will be offering two different podcasts:

1. Blue Advent: finding Hope, Peace, Joy and Love in a season of longing.
     In today's world we may not know what will come, we may never know peace in the here and now.  We may realize that our days are filled with suffering, longing and grieving with only bursts of joy.  Our dreams and hopes may never come to reality and our loved ones may never give to us the love we need back.  In today's world, Christmas begins as early as Halloween and so do the feelings of isolation, loneliness and even failure.  Yet the time before Christmas (which is actually the 12 days from Christmas to January 6th (Epiphany) is Advent and Advent is actually a time of anticipation.  It is a time in which we wait, we will and we listen.  It is a time for us to reflect on the hope, peace, joy and love that can be found in God.  It is a time to realize that the hope in Christ is one not of this world but the hope found in the Kingdom of God.  It is a time to understand that the peace of Christ does not mean that the world has no wars but that each of us in our hearts can find peace of forgiveness, grace to give others love instead of hate and an inner peace of knowing the Holy Spirit.  It is a time to know that joy can be found when we open our hearts to the world and acknowledge the little joyful moments of our days.  It is a time to feel the love of God that showed this love to the world through a humble infant baby that didn't come in splendor and wasn't revealed to the king but came into the world to ordinary people to save the lowly.   This love transcends the love of those around us.  This Advent is a season to remember that when we find what we need in a relationship with God, then no matter how much the world and our life seems to be difficult we will and can find and give more in the relationships we do have.  Join me.

2. Star Wars an Advent Journey
     Join me, my husband and a few special guest as we embark on the journey of Advent.  So much of our personality and/or spiritual journey comes not only from what we know of church but from what we watch and see on television.  The media in all its forms both informs our spirit and is informed by religious ideals.  And so, here we are.  Two pastors speaking and talking about the pop culture around us and how that is both informed and shaped by religion and how our own spirituality is informed and shaped by what we watch.  Star Wars plays nicely into the themes of waiting and advent.  There is much waiting, there is much anticipation.  There is the flight of one figure from good to evil back to good.  There is a journey of isolation and redemption offered to another figure.  We have much to discuss and more excitement to bring you...so join us.

Starting next week I will offer you links to these sites. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving woes

As we head out for our Thanksgiving shenanigans I am always reminded of the Thanksgivings of my childhood.  My grandmother would host, her kitchen would be covered with food prep and her eat-in kitchen table would be filled with snack foods to keep us from touching her main dishes.   The back counter in her kitchen would be filled with pies, she always made a mincemeat even though no one eat it.  She had cranberry sauce, even though more than half would be left.  And she had a house full of people.  Sometimes I reflect that I am not sure how we all fit in there, but we did.  The kids often had their own table simply because they didn't fit at the grown up tables, I remember when a few of us graduated to the grown-up table which happened because one of my uncles and his family moved out of town.  He was the first but slowly and surely the dynamics of our family changed.  Divorces, moves, remarriages, and jobs complicated things; of course death did too.
The Thanksgiving table, the meal and the people have changed drastically in my lifetime.  We had years when it was just my mom, my sister, me and "random guests" who had nowhere else to go.  They were fun times when we shared in a meal and an experience with those just as familiness as us at those moments.  We had many a Thanksgiving with friends.   As I aged, I have opened my home to thanksgiving and have spent plenty of them with my in-laws. 
Families are not the sizes they once were and my Thanksgiving table may never be as filled as my grandmothers.   However, Thanksgiving isn't a time to be dwelling in what you don't have or whom you miss.  Sure, especially those who are heading into your first holiday without a loved one there will be sadness.  But we don't live in a world in which we cannot be both sad and happy.  A world in which we cannot long for the past and be excited about the future.  A world in which we can be thankful for our memories of Thanksgiving past and willing to make new memories of this Thanksgiving. 
I want my children to remember Thanksgiving with the same longing happiness that I have for my childhood Thanksgiving.  I want my children to grow up knowing that memories, good times, can be made even when life is complicated and family isn't perfect.  I want my children to continue on celebrating this tradition not because they have the day off or because it is the only time of the year they cook turkey but because the very act of sitting down at a table surrounded by the familiar foods of Thanksgiving flush them with a lifetime of happy memories and fill their hearts with the comfort that they were loved.  That they were blessed in life.  That despite what our Thanksgiving looked like, where we were or who we were with that on that day we could surround ourselves in thankfulness for the abundance of our life and make memories that will and do last a lifetime.
So this week, no matter where you are or who you will be with (or who you will not be with) take some time to give thanks.  To lift up in longing all those celebrations of past and remember to make a new memory, one of joy and thankfulness.  No matter how lonely, lost or sad this Thanksgiving may be for you; trust in the joy that once was and the hope of the future that will be. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Blessings Abound

It is that time of the year, Thanksgiving countdown!  Facebook is full of "thankful" challenges; people are posting pictures and comments.  When you are on social media it looks like Christmas hasn't taken over or ruined the Thanksgiving holiday as it does in the stores.  Psychological studies prove that by intentionally writing down what you are thankful for it helps you become more thankful.  And so this month we are reminded that blessings abound!

But I am also reminded that negativity abounds; angry fills and sadness consumes.  I am also reminded that it takes only one bad moment to ruin a day.  It takes only one bad experience to ruin more.

Yet, when we are in a relationship with God; negativity should not fill, angry should not overwhelm, sadness should not consume and bad moments should not take away from God's grace.  Instead, in those moments we should search for the Spirit; allow grace to fill us, be overcome by forgiveness, and let joy find a way to brighten the moment.   We should allow God's love to overwhelm and let the Spirit speak to the abundance around us. 

However we can only do this when and if we train ourselves to notice, see, exclaim and rejoice in the true blessings that do surround us.  The only way we train to live into the thankfulness and have joyful hearts is if we actually practice this.  If it takes us one time a year, a day that is dedicated to this then so be it.  But really, truly, thanksgiving should remind us that we should be doing this every day of the year.  And not just for ourselves and our lives but we should be rejoicing in those around us and the blessings that abound in their lives.

This thanksgiving, challenge yourself to keep a thankful journal and keep a list of the wonderful things that abound in your life; fill your world and make your life worth living.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Where is God?

Recently I read from Boyd* that in this highly social world we live in it is better that we respond when there is something going in the world and that response matters over content of that response.  To respond and not react each a difficult line to walk and yet in today's world we are told that people value reaction over response.   I am here to CALL us into a different way of being, one in which looks for responsible response over reaction.  

In our passage from Kings below, we meet Elijah after he reacted and fled.  After he asked to die in a cave and yet was offered nourishment by God.  After he realized that God was not in the earthquake or the fire but that God was in the gentle whisper.  God is in the response not the reaction.  

Today, we awake to more news about a Mass shooting in a Texas Church just after a recent attack in Manhattan.  We are losing lives across this country due to violence, mental illness and extreme views.  God's voice can be found in the aftermath of these events but if God's people, God's mouth pieces and hands and feet, are being silent then God's presence is lost to the world.  If we Christians continue to live our lives as these events don't need anything more than simply our prayers than God becomes nothing but a distant, absent and worst unreliable worthless God.  That isn't who my God is.  My God is a God who loves us.  Who offer a Prince of Peace to live among us and humbly offer forgiveness to those who believe.  

We cannot be silent.  For in this Kings passage Elijah was told to go back and proclaim.  In the whisper Elijah was told to go and be the voice of God.  And Elijah did so with gusto.   Notice who God was a gentle whisper not a silent voice.  We are called to stand not just for those who died due to unnecessary violence but for all those in the future who will be victims if we do nothing.   

I am not calling for us to go gun free.   I am not calling for us to send immigrants out of this country.  I am calling us to look at our society and to question, if we call ourselves a Christian, is this a reflection of the Kingdom?  Surely it isn't.  Surely our call is to truly bring the Kingdom of God around us - where there is no Jew or Gentile, free or slave, woman or man but instead a place where all can be uplifted for their gifts from God.  I strongly encourage you to think about the voice of God.  Where is God in the world around us?  God is in all of us.  God is in you and me.  God's voice is our voice when we call each other out and encourage one another to live into the Kingdom - offering more than basic needs but instead moving aside greed for love and engulfing one another in the grace of the Kingdom.  Let's begin to build the Kingdom in the here and now.  Speak God's voice and don't let the voice of violence, the voice of hate, the voice of war become the only voice people turn to. 


1 Kings 19: 11
 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 
12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 
13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 


https://www.amazon.com/Its-Complicated-Social-Lives-Networked-ebook/dp/B00HUYT8TS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509800172&sr=8-1&keywords=its+complicated+the+social+lives+of+networked+teens

Monday, October 30, 2017

Reformation, Saints and the Future

Batmans, Princesses, dogs, Minckeys, Superheroes and more!  It is Halloween time and as the children get excited about dressing up as their favorite character, parents and adults a like look forward to this holiday as well.  Why?  Because for one day we are able to be someone or something that we aren't.  For children this usually means someone they admire or want to be; for adults the desire to be someone they are not leads to less pure costume choices.  Whatever reason we dress for halloween the exciting in being something different is contagious.  It is why Halloween costumes don't go out of style.
Halloween also marks a holiday in our church calendar year, Reformation day.  A day to celebrate and remember the reformation.  We do this not because we live in the past but to remind us that our future can be different.  Those who stood up against the crowd succeeded in equipping and creating a future. We must remember that it is up to us to not settle for the status quo or the every day but instead it is up to us to move our churches into the future. 
This sounds easy doesn't it?  Yet we only celebrate Halloween once a year, enjoying and embracing the "different" us once.  We go back to our every day selves the next day.  These selves are people who live in houses for as long as we can - some of us lifetimes.  These are selves in which we live within the communities we grew up in - some the same communities for several generations.  These are selves that drive cars for years until they no longer work.  These are selves that wear clothes decades old cause they are still good.  These are selves who every day of our life we avoid change.  We eat similar dinners each night and develop habits our close friends know and understand. And so it sounds easy to stir change; it sounds easy to stand for what you believe in but the reality is: it is pretty hard.

Martin Luther, John Calvin and the other reformers were rejected by their churches.  Their lives were not easy.  They were not seen in the light they are today for their names were slandered.  Those that followed didn't have it easy either.  They too were rejected. They too sought difficulties.  In fact many of the "Saints" of our churches didn't actually play by the rules and didn't die as "saints" but instead most of them were killed because they went against the norm of the day. 

Today, we are facing many social justice issues around us.  We have civil rights issues, homelessness, drug abuse, death penalty and living wage to name a few.  It is easy to go along with society.  It is easy to disagree with the world we live and yet do nothing to change it.  It is easy to "wait and see" and to "hope" that issues revolve themselves.  It is easy to do nothing. 

Yet we are called to live above the worldly.  We are called to live a life of faith.  We are called to trust not in our life that remains the same - or in the stability of the familiar but instead to trust in our God.  Our God who calls us to live for God's will.  This means that we aren't called to live lives in the midst of society but instead called to live out lives that are bold; that take risk; that lead to rejection; and that cause trouble (but in a good way!). 

On this anniversary of a movement that changed how we worship and connect with God, we must look into ourselves and hope that we can find the courage to be bold enough to live beyond our world and for the Kingdom of God.





Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Journey to NYC

Over a year ago now I was walking in a town I had never visited before and enjoying the beautifully old row houses as I spoke with God.  This walking and speaking to God is my thing and yet on this day things were different.  I felt God's voice inside me calling me to NYC.  This was weird, I had never lived in New York City before and I had pledged never again to go back to Atlanta where the hustle and traffic was just too much for me.  But less then a year later I was moving to NYC and today I sit in my new dinning room overlooking my very small yard and am overwhelmed how God works in my life. 
My life hasn't been easy. My journey as a leader in ministry hasn't been either.  People don't like change and they don't like agents of change.  People outside the church don't like Christians and they stereotype us into uneducated and often lesser for believing.  People who are different, LGBTQ community especially, hide their true selves from "Christians" because of past hurts.  And so it is a lonely job. 
I stand in awe of how God has worked in my life.  How God has offered me opportunities and provide communities for us along the way.  We were sad to leave our YMCA community because they had offered us companionship and friendship along the way.  Yet we are surrounded by a caring community here that has truly embraced us.  Our new jobs aren't easy either, yet the Spirit is working in us and through us. 
Life is a journey. There are times in our lives when we take chances - chances to run races we thought were impossible; chances to move mountains and chances to embrace change.  Not every time an opportunity has come our way have we responded, not all have felt right or in God's will.  Yet when I have, or we as a couple have, taken those leaps we have found God's grace offers us strength and courage. 
We are excited about where this new journey is leading us and I hope to keep blogging to share God's grace and mercy.

Monday, September 18, 2017

moving

Well since my last post we moved!  I am sure to be back up and writing when the boxes disappear from our main living space...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

God's Light

Is it God's light or the world's light ruling your life?  Is God's light out shining the distraction of the worlds or have we allow the false light of the world to pave our way?

Blue light, green light
yellow light, orange light
real light, false light
which will it be?

Your light, my light
God's light, world's light
real light, false light
which will it be?

gold light, no light
Christ's light, sinful light
real light, false light
which light will it be?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

God's Light Shines

The light of God is more then just the physical light in the world but is the light of knowledge that a relationship with God invites.  Think about the light you let shine.


Light shines bright
Shines from within
From God's light
God comes into the world
Come light of God
Light shines bright




Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sacraments

Communion and baptism are celebrated moments in the church and we call them sacraments.  Why? because during these moments either through water or the elements we are brought together with God in a real way. Yes there are other ways to connect with God but at these times we truly feel God's presence.  Join me in the Words heard at the Super Table.

Welcome the Holy Presence
Into your intentional moments
No matter the state of your presence
This is Jesus' atonement
You are welcome to this table

Sprinkled with water
Emerged in the spring
Or never knowing water
but longing for what it brings
You are welcome to the font





Sunday, August 6, 2017

encounter God

Two things that are important to our relationship with God, any relationship for that matter, are accountability and intention.  We are held to both of these in the sacraments of the church.  Think about where and how you meet God.

In the garden flowers bloom
and weeds roam
The gardener can with care
allow the flowers to bear
The weeds grow fast
for that's what they do best
The gardener can create life
without a lot of strife.






Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Prayerful Life


It can seem daunting to start a prayerful life but God isn't complicated.  God's desire for relationship with us isn't a meshed in the same complexities that human relationships can be.  The Divine Creator just wants prayerful conversation.  Lets take a look at prayer today. 

Pray isn't one way
It should be two way 
Expressed in multi way
Not limited by way
Allowing for Jesus' way
Prayerful life is the way
Today join in this way







Sunday, July 23, 2017

Music and the Spirit

As part of my Spirituality video I would like to share this with you.  How does music affect your Spirit?  How do you relate music to God? Is it through traditional hymn music? praise music? or do you let the music of the day speak to your soul?  Your relationship with God?  I encourage you to listen to this one and as you move through the traditional to contemporary to the secular music feel the changes in your own body.  Come to know which music feeds your soul.  Enjoy!



Music can be vexing
Music is transforming
Music can be moving

Some relate to all
Some like traditional
Some love classical

We can't leave out new age
Or the music of your age
We can only put on page





Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spirituality Series Sabbath

Sabbath does not come in just one form
Sabbath does not mean one does nothing
Sabbath does not just list all the things you can't

Sabbath can be full of fun
Sabbath can be filling with lots of things
Sabbath can be charming







Sunday, July 9, 2017

Transform out of the busy

Life is hectic and busy.  Last week I confessed how even I have failed to hear God's word a time or two shouting through the needs and wants of every day life.  This week we will discuss how we can break out of the run and into some intentional living.

Mediation they say
will help us each day
Jesus is one way
to find hope today

Both ask us to slow
humbly take a bow
stop putting on the show
Allow yourself to slow





Sunday, July 2, 2017

Spirit in the Every day

This one is a bit longer, but proves its point - it is hard in the every day chaos to make room for God.  You are invited in the next two videos in this series to think about the busy and every day schedule you have. 

Scream and Shout
competitive voices
God is there waiting 





Sunday, June 25, 2017

Open yourself


Spirituality Series #3 - Why do we need this Spirit stuff?

Surrounded by poo
Drowning in wants
Don't know what I want
Don't know what I can do

Seeking for calm 
Restoring my soul
Finding God's balm
Nothing can take a toll.






Sunday, June 18, 2017

Spirituality and Discipline

Spirituality and Discipline are important parts of our Spiritual practice.  

Video two
Try something new
Limits set
Freedom I bet







Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My thoughts on today

I started out my day frustrated with children and with a long to-do list. I got 3 children and myself ready for the day and in the midst of my crazy I felt hectic, I even forgot to grab something to put in the mail. I dropped Liv off at school, I dropped Ian off at preschool and then headed for the grocery store. That is when I put on the radio news and realized the news I had missed this morning. I sat there in grief for the lives that were almost lost, for the violence that keeps plaguing us and for a culture that has allowed division. I know that God was sitting there with me in my grief. I know that God longs for a world in which love prevails. I know that God grieves for the pains of humanity.
 Instead of asking: "Where is God in this?" Maybe we should recognize that we need to ask God to work within us. We need to replace anger, hate, violence and terror with God's grace. We as religious people need to find ways to begin to offer unity. We as a country need to begin to realize that we need to seriously discuss gun control and mental health insurance.
We cannot let God's grief go unheard; we need to ask God to use us to be the change.
I end today, thankful for my children, my husband, my life and my to-do list.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Something New - Spirituality





So I have decided to try something new and offer the next few in video form.  I think you will enjoy this new way, or I hope you will.  

The first video is a welcome from me; along with my perhaps statement for this project.  We will being a series on Spirituality.  We will answer what it is and why it is important.  I hope you enjoy!   

This video
Looks at the Holy Spirit
How God works








Sunday, June 4, 2017

Living with Fear

I almost entitled this post living beyond fear but realized that the word beyond would suggest that we could raise above fear; or that title in itself belittles the fear we feel and I didn't want to say either of those.  But I do want to encourage us to rethink how we deal with fear and fearful moments. 

Lately I have heard and felt a lot of people saying we are living in scary times.  I know that the events last night in London again have filled many with fear.  I know how fear and our bodies response to fear give way to rash decisions and frantic worries.  And I also know that living in instead of with fear can and does cause more harm then good. 

Certainty we need to mourn the loss of more lives.  Rightfully so we can be pained that once again innocent people fell victim to the grandeur problems in the world.  But we should not and cannot allow this fear into our lives.  We cannot allow ourselves to lock down in the name of safety.  Fear is powerful.  Fear is more powerful often then money.  Fear is not something to live in but something to learn to live with.

Our world is not and has not been the TV world of old.  There has also been something to fear but now and today our fears are being played up.  We are being allowed and manipulated to fear more.  This fear is not just coming from one religion or one country but from extremist in all faiths and many countries, even our own. We are encouraged to live in fear; and in doing so continue to give up much of our freedom.  I am not just talking about laws, although there is that too, but our freedom to live the life we want.  Our children from a young age are put into fear through lock-down drills at school and taught not to live with fear but to live in fear. 

But I live into God.  I serve God not fear.  Sure fear exists around me.  Sure one day it is this fear I live with that could kill me.  But I am not going to spend my life in fear.  I am not going to not live my life, fight for my freedoms and serve my God because I am afraid. 

Please think about how you live.  Being in a relationship with the Holy can help transform the fearful moments into moments of surrender - not to those using fear but to God. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Can we know the Turth?

Today we have a lot of opinions.  In fact, thanks to the internet, everyone and anytime can have an opinion on anything and everything.  That's right.  I might not know anything about a subject and after a search on the internet I may feel like an expert.  I might not know anything about a news situation but after listening to the radio, I feel like I know enough about a situation to get into an argument over it.

I hope you are reading this and feeling the underlying tone of the above, this line of thinking is silly!  I am not an expert on anything that I have just learned from the internet, I am certainly not a medical doctor.  Likewise, just by reading or hearing a news article I shouldn't feel I know everything about a situation. 

And YET, my social media sites are FULL of opinions.  People making concrete and hard-nose decisions about everything from political to parenting, from dog owning to house building.  I wish I could remember where I read this, but I read somewhere that people this days are more likely to believe their own experience / opinion even when they are presented with FACTS that prove otherwise.  And I am sure there are people reading that and completely disagreeing ;-)

I am not sure if we have always been this way and the increase in accessibility of information has made it seemingly worse or what but I really have to question why are we allowing ourselves to act this way?  Why are we allowing for division and negative rhetoric?  Why are we allowing this to give us the right to seriously abuse each other and warp real problems?   Why do we talk at each other instead of listening to each other to truly find the truth? 

We have created environments in which it is not safe to actually work through real problems.  We have allowed negative rhetoric to create a perception of the world - that is NOT correct!  We do not live in a black and white / Christian and nonchristian world.  In fact at this moment we don't live in a very Christian world at all!

We should be looking into our own reality.  Instead of calling others out, we should be calling ourselves out.  As Christians we are not called to judge but instead love.  As Christians we are NOT called to judge.  But lately that is all we are doing, judging and taking sides.  Hearing someone confirm a fear we already have only gives way for us jumping to bigger conclusions instead of us finding the truth. 

Really this post should be named: What is Truth?  Because today "truth" is used to create realities and division that is not always there.  "Truth" is used to put up walls and divide us into sides.  We are called by God not to BE God but to be the BODY of Christ in this world.  We are called not to make decisions individually but instead as a whole for the good of the world.  We are called to work together to bring to Earth the Kingdom of God. 

If we continue at the pace we are working and with the ignorance of false reality we, as those proclaiming to be Christians, will bring the end times and realize that all along we were working for the wrong guy.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thankfully

A few years back my husband and I decided our kids needed to begin to understand "thankfulness" and each night before we say our dinner prayer we ask each other "what are you thankful for today?"  Our middle child was just older then two at the time and each of his "thankfulness" were "spending time with (insert who was home that day with him).  Our oldest who was over 4 at the time had more specific thankfulness but on nights that she liked dinner it was always "I am thankful for liking dinner tonight."  However, it is amazing to see how this has evolved. 

First, no longer are they general thanks but have become very specific.  Even with that and even on days they get presents like a toy or something almost* always their thankfulness is relational. 
Second, they remind us to do it and keep track as to who gets to go first.
Third, they expect that it doesn't matter where we are or who we are with this will happen.  It is funny to watch them ask their guests "what are you thankful for today?" as if this is a normal thing that everyone must do.

Thankfully we have this tradition.  As it forces me each day to find thankfulness around me; even when my day is crazy.  Sometimes sitting at dinner is the very first thing I do when I walk in the door and this question makes me decompress my day in a few minutes in my head in a positive way.  I am forced to go through my day and seek out blessings - and usually through this process I come up with more then one!

God works around us, yet too often we don't take the time to stop and think about the God that dwells in the space between.  Having a tradition likes this forces each of us to seek out the blessings we might have over looked in the mundane of our lives. And on bad days when it feels like nothing good has happened, it forces us to come up with one - even if it is simply I like the dinner - positive moment for that day.  Sometimes it is only needing one positive that can transform our own thoughts and our own actions to change the future.  Sometimes a bad day ends at the dinner table and a great evening begins simply for taking some moments and finding a grateful heart. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Mother's day is a day full of ---------- emotion!  I could have written love or I could have written appreciation but really it is a day full of emotion.  From children to adults from mothers to fathers from women without children to children without mothers this is day that our greeting card companies really can't make enough cards for.

As a mother to young children, I understand the desire for a "Mother's Day."  Raising children comes with moments of trial and tears, moments of frustration and joy, moments of exhaustion and more moments exhaustion.  Yes, our children should appreciate all we do each day but unless we teach them how to show appreciation that doesn't always happen.  Just this week my youngest son getting into trouble as always decided to crawl into a kitchen cabinet, laydown and fall asleep.  I could only laugh at this moment! 

As a pastor, I have sat with many people who wanted to have children and yet never could or the ones they did have died.  Motherhood was never within reach and yet they so desired to be one.  For many of them they found a way to "mother" anyway.  They were the best aunts or school teachers or sunday school / youth group leaders.  They "mothered" everyone and in return touched more lives then they probably know.  These woman should be honored on mother's day too.   One church I work at as a youth leader honor all woman on mother's day every year. The children / youth would hand out flowers and thank the woman.  It was very nice.  I remember one youth coming up to me and giving it to me and saying thank you. 

The emotions of mothers day go beyond the woman being celebrated and into the men/ children celebrating.  For those who have difficult relationships with their mothers or those who didn't have mothers, or those who are celebrating without their mothers this can be a time of grief.  So, yes we must be aware of all that is going on around us on mother's day.

With all that acknowledge and with the premises that we are going to look at this holiday with a boarder then what fits in the hallmark cards, then we should no matter our situation with our biologically mother or biologically children be able to find JOY in this day.  Life throws us circumstances, in life there is never a promise for things to be easy.  Yet we can with life's challenges find joy and ways to shape our own outlook that brings the good instead of the bad.  We can see God's blessings in life's misfortune, if only we have faith. 

For those without mother's there are plenty of others - people who helped make you who you are today, people who stepped up and did all the "mothering" and on this day you can celebrate them.  You are who you are today, not because you had a mother but because you were still able to find love in the world - a blessing from God. 

Or perhaps this is your moment today, to realize that you don't always need the perfect life that Hallmark greetings cards say you do but within the crazy mess of the life you have there is still blessings abound.  Instead of sitting today on what you don't have or missed out on, turn your emotions to what you did have/ what you do have. 

As our families change shape and our society continues to advance, mothers day will continue to expand to not just the woman who birth us, but to those who spend their days caring for us.  To those who love us and show us how to love.  To those who teach us about unconditional love.  To those who tend to our needs and those we call when we are in trouble.  Today is a day for us to honor the person who helped make us who we are! 

In this day let us thank God for mother (or mother figure) in our life!!! 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

change

When we started teaching our oldest memory Bible verses we began with Joshua and "be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, God is always with you."  We had hand singles to help her remember them and we enjoyed watching her get this passage.  This was about the same time that she was fully potty trained.  Her bedroom was pretty far from the bathroom and she had a long walk in the dark (we left a LED light on inside the bathroom).  One night I woke up and heard her standing at the edge of her door she reminder herself: be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, God is with me; and then she ran to the bathroom.  After using the bathroom, again I heard her speak those words and rush to the bathroom.  Today she uses these words to reminder herself when things get a little scary that she isn't alone.

But her lesson her is one for us.  When we are on the brink of anything, especially things that scare us, we must allow God to be with us on that journey.  The dark is not that dark if we invite God to be apart of us.

That is a powerful lesson for us today.  With the changes that happen - be they big or small - we often find ourselves standing on the brink of change.  On the brink of the unknown.  During these times, we should ask God to walk the journey with us.

We are about to embark on a pretty big change, a move and job changes not just for one of us but both my husband and I. As we stand on the brink of the unknown we are inviting God into this journey so that the dark phase might be that much shorter!