Love Brings Order to God’s Creation

This chapter sounds like the reversal of the power of God in the creation account in Genesis.  It seems that chaos is taking over again. 

It’s really good to know that goodness will finally win out over evil.  Today’s chapter describes what is going to happen to those who continue to do wrong unless they repent. The truth is that sinning on and on damages the beauty of God’s creation.  However, God’s mercy is greater than all wrongs.  

Let’s all of us decide to be loving and good and God’s creation will begin to come back to order again.

Isaiah 24

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Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

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Feelings and a Beach Ball

One of the images I like to use for dealing with feelings, is a beach ball.  When you take a large beach ball into the ocean and throw yourself on it, it supports your weight, but it sinks down.  The beach ball would prefer to bounce about on top of the water, without be pushed down.

Feelings are like the beach ball.  When we push down on them, they stay inside us without finding a way out.  Just as what happens when you move away from the beach ball beneath you and the beach ball pops up, so too, when we allow our feelings to be expressed, they rush out of ourselves and we find peace.

In today’s passage, Jesus is so sad about his cousin John the Baptist having been beheaded.   He wants to be alone. Yet compassion for the suffering crowd has him shift his awareness.  His sadness lifts as he turns his attention to the needy crowds, as though he is moving off of a “beach ball” weighed down by sadness, to love for serving and healing others.

Feeling compassion for someone else’s hurts helps to heal our own hurts. 

Matthew 14:13-21

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.

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Fire in the Heart

There are five references to fire in this passage.  Life-giving as well as destructive aspects are given.  There are other times when fire is mentioned in the Bible;  Moses met God in the Burning Bush (Ex 3:2–3); it was fire that revealed the fullness of God’s presence to the disciples on Pentecost (Acts 2).

Though Moses speaks about the presence of God in the fire on Mount Sinai, here God’s word comes to the people with Moses on a level plain. Let Moses speak to you face to face about God as Number One in your life.  You are not only reading, but also listening to the Spirit as fire in your heart is set by these words that burn within.  

 Deuteronomy 3:23—4:49

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The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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