Life is full of mysteries. Live events are enchanting anchors taking us from one mystery to the next. To live through them is to come out mystified and changed. To be changed, meet each moment of life with wonder. Live life now because it is here and now. Tomorrow will bring a new world and a new set of realities. Live faith now. Faith life is living the moment.
We all get tired in life because life brings surprises we are not prepared for. When you are tired and depressed, a lot of people go to sleep, because they don't want to face the day or the effect of such unexpected life situations. We are like the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Old Testament. We can dream like them and climb the ladder. Listen to learn more about who we are and how we can celebrate ourselves.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:13-17
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. Proverbs 14:31
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12
Proverbs 19:20-21 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future. The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
We urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 1 Thessalonians 5 :12-28
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Matthew 25: 34-36
Listen to why "Black lives matter." The reason why we speak of black lives matter is that we care about the lives of all who are in danger. And today, now, and in this time of history, it is about the blacks. Listen more to understand why now is the time for us to rise up and empower the lives of those who are marginalized for the color of their skin.
We are called to be the followers of Jesus. We all need to reflect deeply on what that means. Following Jesus is not the same as being a fan of Jesus. And there are many fans, not enough followers in Christianity.
We, the developed nation called America, are broken. Our system is in need of healing and change. Each of us has a responsibility to change, and we are called to make that happen by simply following the American call to justice and truth. Listen to learn more and understand how to make that happen.
Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!” Genesis 4: 9-12
Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.. Philippians 2:1-4
One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” Mark 10: 21
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 41-42
Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13
To further the conversation
We have been living in the strange new world of COVID-19 for what seems a long time now. We have been living in the world of isolation and social distancing in the midst of a global pandemic. So, what have we learned so far? I have been meditating on that question a lot. For me, I would say I have learned a great deal more about humility. I have been confronted once again with the true nature of my fragile being and my complete dependence on the Spirit. I have seen panic and fear, but I have also seen courage and compassion. I am learning what I value, not in the abstract, but in the real time of my own life. I am learning what would remain if everything else was taken away.- Bishop Steven Charleston
You (Teresa of Avila) lived that beautiful balance between active service and quiet contemplation. Teach us to be of use in this troubled world at the same time we cultivate joyous intimacy with the Beloved who lives inside us. -Mirabai Starr
Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope withs it is what makes the difference. -Virginia Satir
My grandma who is in isolation accidently dialed a wrong number yesterday and spoke to a random lady also in isolation for twenty minutes about their lives. They’ve exchanged phone numbers to keep in contact and meet when this is over. -unknown author
Who have we become under isolation?
What spiritual lessons inform how we will re-emerge in society?
What new ideas might we have to restructure communal worship in our churches?
What might we want to retain or discard from our time in isolation?
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; be wise enough to desist. Proverbs 23:4
But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:33-34
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 1Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. James 5:13–16