May 31, 2019 at 06:27PM

Breathing Better – Ezekiel 3
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I’m transfixed by this passage. My heart breaks for Ezekiel, stuck in between the indominable forces of his whole hotheaded society and his fiery, redemptive God. Yet, I can also see him exhale–releasing all the stress and righteous passion–with the understanding that Christ has finished the work he was a part of. If this is you–fighting tooth and nail for life, love, justice, or beauty–I’d encourage you to exhale as well. The fight is still ongoing, this is true, and we need you here, but Christ has already won the war. It’s his strength that’ll carry you through, not just your own.
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May 26, 2019 at 11:08PM

Wings on Eternity – Ezekiel 1
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I’ve just started reading Ezekiel again, and I’d forgotten how wild this book is. It’s a good reminder of how our minds interact with God. It’s an experience of analogy, contrast, and doing one’s level best to describe the uncircumscribable within a human vocabulary. Yet, in all of this unknown grandeur, this is still the same God who is mindful of us, to the point of taking human form to live, die, and rise again for us. That’s what I call awesome.
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May 22, 2019 at 09:56PM

End of Summer – John 12:1-8
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As Rev. Marcus Halley points out, there is a difference between change and loss, thought they are often very interconnected, and this passage demonstrates what happens when they are conflated. Many Christians, myself included, struggle with an open-handed willingness to give up even that which we hold most dear for Jesus; we are not so much afraid of the life-giving change he brings as the loss of that which we love. Yet, just as a changing season comes with the hope of new life, we can rest assured that, no matter how beautiful a thing is that we must lose, “God can redeem that which we think we’re losing.”
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Thanks of course to Rev. Marcus Halley, whose sermon “Giving Ourselves Away” inspired this reflection.
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May 21, 2019 at 10:43PM

Branch Against Branch – Psalm 35
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“When they were sick–
I wore sackcloth
I afflicted myself with fasting
I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother”
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Reading this, I was reminded of just how much of David’s life was spent fighting against those who were arguably closest to him. His father figure Saul and his son Absalom both chased him through the wilderness to seek his death. On the other hand, he had Uriah, one of his closest friends, killed in a moment of evil lust. At every turn, David’s life exposes the tragedy and futility of conflict within a family–whether it’s a family of blood of the family of God. This psalm then stresses the importance of God as the only true judge, and our part in the ministry of reconciliation.
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May 15, 2019 at 10:22PM

Over Rocky Hills – John 10:1-18, Psalm 23:1-4
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He is a shepherd who knows his sheep by name, even when they pass through dark valleys and over rocky hills.
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This reflection was part inspired by Rev. Marcus G Halley’s sermon, “Following the Shepherd,” given on Sunday, May 12, 2019.
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