The Importance of Right Now

Today St. Peter invites us to take a long look way into the future when the world will come to an end. While he doesn’t want us to be afraid that it might happen later today, St. Peter urges us not to take the future for granted and thus be careless about how we live. There will come a time when God will bring everything to an end. But you know, it’s right now that is really important. If there is anything that needs to change in your life so that you can be happy and peace, God wants that to happen for you, even if the circumstances in your life stay the same. How can God do this? God’s Holy Spirit brings wisdom into your life about what you can do to be peaceful and happy and not rely upon anyone else for your peace. St. Peter says that God wants everyone to learn about the changes we each need to make before it’s too late.

Do you sometimes feel you are a victim of someone or something? If so, then turn to the Lord who loves you and who has all power. Ask God to free you of that feeling of fear that comes when you think you’re a victim. Allow God to change these feelings right away to those of courage and trust, as you experience the protection of God in every part of your life.

2 Peter 3: 8-14

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Living holy, godly lives  v. 11
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Thursdays in this season are dedicated to the the letters of Peter

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

A Three-Part Pattern

Like a pattern in a quilt or a repeating theme in music, so is this psalm. It’s made up of list of four needy groups of people; each of these have three parts to them.

The key to the first part of the pattern is the word “some” followed by very difficult times that these people have: 1) Wanderers from verse 4; 2) Prisoners, from verse 10 ; 3) Fools from verse 17; and 4) Sailors from verse 23.

The second part of the pattern is how these people cried out to God in their fear and distress. The third part begins with a verse that repeats itself at the end of these groups of people; it’s the verse for today.

The three-part pattern in this psalm is like life sometimes: trouble, crying for help and then God saving. Maybe there are times in your life when you were suffering, or in trouble, or afraid. Like the sacred writer of today’s psalm, maybe you placed your trust in God, prayed and then learned that everything turned out all right and you thanked and praised God. Perhaps you learned that God is more important than anything and that God is the answer to every problem.

Spend time praising God about God’s love and kindness to you. God is always ready to help us, but that help doesn’t get to us until we just let go of trying to make things happen ourselves and trust that God will make sure that goodness comes out of suffering.

Psalm 107:1-9

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your love endures forever. v. 1
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Wisdom Alive Within

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We once began a gathering of women at our church with a game for them to get to know each other. Each woman placed a photo of herself when she was very young. The others had to guess which picture went with each person. It was hard to do, especially when the pictures were taken when they were very young.

So many changes take place from the time when we are infants to the years when we are adults. Yet with all the change, there is the same person, held together by memories that are like a thread that keeps the beads of our lives together like a necklace.

Changing, yet the same: this is what the writer of today’s passage is talking about when he speaks of wisdom. Likening wisdom to a very lovely woman, wisdom continues along the same lines as last Tuesday’s reading. As a person, wisdom says that she was born before everyone else–that before there was anything at all in creation, there was wisdom. So close is the connection of wisdom with God that wisdom is the second person of the Blessed Trinity—that person of God that actually took on flesh and came into our world in Jesus.

So when you do your homework, let it be God doing the thinking, reasoning. and imagining… and even daydreaming within you! God is very close to you in mind and heart. Let God’s wisdom and understanding become alive in you by the way in which you think. By the way that you think about things, so will you feel about things.

Proverbs 8:17-36

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Wisdom welling from within
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Eighth and Last Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Tuesdays are dedicated in this season to the Book of Esther

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…