Yet, I know from experience that some of the most enjoyable meals I’ve shared with others are those under the overpass with the homeless, those cooked for people without family or homes. Doesn’t it make sense that God would be especially present when we are sharing our lives in ways that represent more fully who He is?
The invitation of the Gospel is sent to everyone in the name of Jesus. This is why Jesus went through as many towns and villages as possible while He was on earth. He message was clear.
“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:5 (ESV)
Growing out of our desire for a Santa rather than a Savior doesn’t come easily. We struggle with replacing our longing for “more” with yearning for “Him.”
Winter can be the season of loss, of discouragement, or sometimes the last season of life. Winter can even describe those times when our ministry seems fruitless, or our spiritual life is missing passion.
My granddaughter named this tree my “hoarder” tree. Perhaps this tree represents Christmas for many of us.
But most of us aren’t willing to carry our cross everyday. We don’t understand that it is the cross that shapes us into the kind of person we long to be.
Many people are waking this morning, wondering if they will get another chance.
We know from experience forgiveness is hard to get and hard to give. Our minds tend to recall the painful words that have been said, or the ill treatment we have received.
The last thing we can imagine when we are bullied is that any good can come to our lives as a result. We lose hope when we are bullied. We lose hope when we are poor. We lose hope when we are hungry and when we weep.
There is something comforting about a trail, for it means someone has been there before us, and most likely someone will come behind us.