Feminists often talk about “strong women”. But we rarely hear about “strong men” in the same way. True courage and strength means an embrace of genuine feminism—a feminism that reveals the beauty of male and female. Perhaps we can reexamine the meaning of a “strong man” as an effort to balance out our views of men and women.
“You’re my rock.” – A common expression, but so powerful. The rocks in our life provide stability, trust, and stand the test of time.
In the desire for transcendence as a place to find God, we forget that God is in the plain and the ordinary.
The story of Martha and Mary teaches us about a more important kind of work that begins with sitting at Jesus’ feet. Comparatively, all other work is, well, BS.
The Church has been criticised for having too many “earthly concerns”. But shouldn’t it? Perhaps we can reframe the expression “earthly concerns”.
“Jesus, you’re weak.” Could you imagine if someone said that to our Lord and Saviour? If someone, even you, walked up to him in person and said those words? But the reality of it is… It’s true.
One of the hardest ways of prayer is praying for those people who you said you’d pray for. It’s easy to tell someone that you’re praying for them but sometimes hard to remember. Thankfully our thoughts about others can become prayers for them.
There’s a music minister at my church who loves to say “Yay!” after singing. Something as simple as a proclamation of “yay” not only reminds us that joys can be found in our life, but it reminds us that expression to God can be as simple as one word.
It might as well be Advent because this reading from Luke’s gospel about the birth of John the Baptist is pregnant with two important features that foreshadow the story of Jesus’ birth.