Jesus does not leave Peter alone with a troubling truth. Jesus offers grace: “Do not let your heart be troubled.”
Jacob’s feelings fit into one short phrase: “Everything is against me.” Ever been there?
Jesus has raised your neighbor—your brother, your sister, your ecclesial member, your enemy, your friend—to new life.
Our actions are likely directed by the items with which we gird ourselves.
Years ago I began expanding my own concluding benediction remarks. The process has been enjoyable and thought-provoking for me.
John’s response is powerful and thoughtful. Perhaps, though, there is an equally powerful lesson hidden within his initial response
Tell him what’s happening and then keep your eyes and your heart open, waiting to see how he’ll sustain you.
Three powerful lessons from Jesus’ first sign.
If the Noah story were a parable about baskets or fish or coins or sheep, we would not miss the point. We would naturally draw out lessons of abundance.
What if there is something to learn from the man lying wounded on the side of the road? What if we are that man?