February 13, 2019 at 01:29AM

John 1:43-51
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“I mistook kingdom for empire/ Salvation for rapture/ Grace for escape/ Mission for capture/ I mistook mercy for license/ Family for uniform/ Gift for owed/ Cross for sword”
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When we begin to see just how riddled with biases and prejudices we are, it can seem as though we’re facing a mountain, the summit of which is so high as to be obscured by the clouds. We can be tempted to lose faith–to lose track of where these prejudices come from, and see their source in that which is in fact far greater. In those times, I hope we remember the God who saw us under the fig tree and called us anyway. With Him, nothing is impossible.
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“Yes. The one whose hometown Nathanael trashed is the same one who saw Nathanael as he was: a whole and complex human being who is loved and cherished by the living God.”
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This reflection was primarily informed by Broderick Greer’s “Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany” (from which the second quote comes) and Levi the Poet’s “As Far As the East is from the (Navel to the) West” (from which the first quote comes). Both will be linked in my bio.
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February 12, 2019 at 01:30AM

1 John 3:16-24
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You may not always have the words. In fact, you won’t ever have all the words. When you don’t have the words, remember that love is bigger than words. Love your neighbour as Jesus taught–sacrificially, unconditionally, truthfully. You don’t need words for that.
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P.S. Yeah I kinda played fast and loose with the anatomy on this one, but I was on the subway, and the only paper I had was the back of my physics worksheet, so whatcha gonna do.
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February 11, 2019 at 12:25AM

Meditation: Recede (see Ezekiel 11:14-20 and 1 Corinthians 4)
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After seasons of pain or confusion, it’s often a temptation to remain crouched up within ourselves, not letting the world in. Patience is important, but also is the understanding that God did not make you to be your own heart of stone; He will take you through this time of healing, in His time, just like He has always done. Love is patient.
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