Sometimes, praying is hard, especially when we face injustice and suffering of all kinds. Jesus knows this is true! He tells this parable, the story of a powerless widow taking on a powerful but unjust judge, to encourage us to pray without losing heart. The key to perseverance in prayer is seeing how God is both like and unlike the judge in Jesus’ story.
Do you have a clue what’s happening in the world around you? Is it easier to keep yourself so busy that you don’t have to pay attention to the real problems facing our world and the real issues confronting us in our lives? In this parable, Jesus asks you: Will you be alert to what God is doing in the world? The Master has come to bring blessing; stay awake, so that you don’t miss out!
The new year is a time for reflection back and looking forward. What opportunities will 2019 present? In this parable, Jesus asks you: What will you build this year? For what you build to last, you’ll need a solid foundation; something that can keep you steady through all the highs and lows that lie ahead.
Gifts always tell us something - about the giver and about the receiver. What does Christmas tell us about God and about ourselves?
Christmas is a time of fun and joy and celebration… right?! Actually, Christmas has a way of highlighting some of the stuff that makes life really, really hard. How do we live through the mess & the darkness we sometimes feel at this time of year? Christmas is the beginning of a story that leads to Easter, and beyond Easter to the resurrection of the dead; right in the midst of the darkness, new creation begins.