"A Sanctuary in the City… Living Faith"

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Grace We Can Understand

There is much goodness in life. In the vitality of our world. In loving relationship. In moments of beauty and joy that arise far beyond anything we’ve planned. If only we have eyes to see. And there is much we don’t understand—why did it happen? How did we get here? Where are we going? In faith we try to use words to express those experiences and make sense of our purpose in life—like, “grace.”

Mother’s Day!

This week at Rotary a presenter spoke about human trafficking. There’s so much disturbing about the reality, yes, present here in our community. I was struck by one particular term I hadn’t heard before. Relational poverty. That’s been swirling in my mind and heart ever since. Not a complicated idea, really. But it brings clarity for me. Relational poverty—a condition of people who suffer an absence of love, attention, guidance, affirmation.

Tasting the Fruit of Joy

Can you remember a time you felt real joy?

I don’t mean when you heard a good joke recently. Or had some personal pleasure satisfied. Or felt a passing sense of momentary bliss. Fun, laughter, simply being happy … true joy that Jesus means can include all of these experiences. And the kind of holy joy he wants us to share is a deeper condition and enduring orientation of the heart.