there was one consistent thread, and that was Grace
This journey to the cross is God's invitation for us to step into another way of being
Children provide the most compelling motivation to keep on track and to live lives of active faith
The dark is simply incompatible with light, and the beautiful, elegant, uncomplicated consequence of introducing light is that we don't then have to do anything about the dark - because it is simply gone.
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those…
So take pause today, take a long deep breath, let the anger and the disappointment and the sadness be redirected for this moment, and invite the good news and the promise of light and grace to wash over you and bring you hope.
The environment is a huge piece of the complex puzzle that contributes to making us whole people. In Romans 8 Paul points out how the entire created order is waiting for us (people) to "get it" to the extent that redemption is our way of life
As the beginning (the Big Bang) obviously predates the advent of humankind, it follows that we would not even exist if it were not for this movement into disorder.
I'm sure some golf fundamentalist with a legalistic heart would happily argue the point in favor of strict and unwavering adherence to the letter of the law. To which I say, Good luck with that.