There were many traditional stories that taught life lessons. They were filled with respect for the plant and animal brothers and sisters as well as for all humans. The Creator breathed his breath of life into us all. That makes us all equal and necessary to each other to live and survive. We must live in relationship with one another.
As I read the history of the Potawatomie people, I learned that my families’ move to Trivoli Township took place during the time that the Potawatomie peoples’ lives were changing as well. Their way of life was transitioning in ways that was devastating, yet in the midst of their own uncertainty, they reached out to Isaac. I believe them to be a witness to that which is good.
The scriptures seem to be telling us that ancient wisdom about stones is not unusual and doesn't seem to change from generation to generation. After all, "God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham." Even Jesus knew about them when he was met with resistance to his disciples' teaching and said, "I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout out." And in the I Peter reference, Jesus was considered a living stone and we -- through the scripture -- are challenged to become living stones allowing ourselves to be built into spiritual houses, a holy priesthood.
Lent is a season of repentance and preparation for renewal with God and God's purposes. Through the years of connecting with our Native American ministries, I have discerned that at the core of Native American spirituality is a deep reverence for the Creator and all that the Creator made: the earth, all forms of life, the rocks, the sky, the sun, the stars, the heavens. They bring a depth of understanding to the Christian faith that should evoke a sense of humility and guide our responsibility for the whole of creation.
Cover me with ashes, the thick-smoke soot of the earth. Make my breathing like the journey from death into life -- second by second, prayer by prayer.
It’s not Christmas or his birthday. Yet, Paul receives a gift from his church at Philippi. Scripture does not tell what the apostle receives. It’s a mystery, but Paul is touched and grateful. His gift comes at the right time.
Procrastinators are not alone. We are not helpless. We can benefit from caring support and encouragement (different from nagging). It is possible to learn and follow a new pattern for meeting deadlines.
Procrastination always pays off in the now but not in the future when you have work piled up to your eyeballs. Procrastination not only affects life at home or work, it is also associated with feelings of guilt, inadequacy, self-disgust, stress and depression.
I looked out on a congregation that had the entire family in church -- every generation was represented. To preach, the Methodist Church of India required its preachers to take off their shoes proclaiming that we were “standing on Holy Ground.” As in Africa, Europe, the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Israel, America, San Pedro Sula prison in Honduras (said to be the most dangerous prison on earth); I saw the FACE of Christ in the FACES OF INDIA. How Great Thou Art.!
If any city of the world understands the gospel of deliverance, it is Jerusalem. One of the oldest cities in the world, “Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times.” Experience has taught her citizens or inhabitants that countless nations and conquerors will always be interested in possessing her.