Monthly Archives: January 2012

Switchbacks on the Trail

“Immediately” “Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” I find that hard to believe. People with lives to lead, families to care for, obligations to fulfill just up and leave it all behind. How can that be? How can Andrew and Simon and James and John just chuck it all? Whatever would possess them to do such a thing—without even giving it a moment’s thought? Continue reading

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Beloved

One of my seminary friends tells the story of a classmate—a person she found particularly annoying. When she found out she would be rooming with this woman for two weeks, she wondered how she would ever survive. Finally, she turned to a particularly sweet priest who had served a difficult parish for a long time. She asked him how he put up with the difficult ones. He told her, “Whenever I look out at my congregation, I see the beloved children of God.” The way my friend tells it, that shift in perspective made all the difference in the world.

Beloved of God. That’s true of me, that’s true of you and that’s true of all God’s children. How do we live with this knowledge? Continue reading

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