Saturday, October 24
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Inspiration Sunday: Being Called into New Growth

Inspiration Sunday: Being Called into New Growth

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
A little secret: I am preaching on Sunday. So today's inspiration is gleaned from random thoughts about what I have been studying. And I have been studying names. In the Gospel of Matthew, the story of Jesus' beginning has an angel telling Joseph the name for this baby:  Jesus. Jesus is the English form of Yeshua which is a form of Joshua. Yep. Joshua. Where have we heard that before? Joshua is the name of the guy in Hebrew scripture who takes the people into the promised land. How is that for being saddled with a name? Joshua also means, arguably, "God saves." Additionally, Matthew references the Book of Isaiah and the name Immanuel, "God with us." And I think being saddled with a name like Terri is a problem! Well, I don't really think it is a problem, but in second grade, I had problem...
Sabbath Saturday: Gift Beyond Measure

Sabbath Saturday: Gift Beyond Measure

spiritual practice, Spirituality
In Isaiah 58:13-14, I found an explanation of what sabbath should be. I've taken a moment to re-write it into modern language that would (may ) make the intention accessible to people across many different points of view: If you don't trample a day of healing rest, If you stop yourself from focusing on your own interests on one healing day, If you find a moment to delight in wholeness and make it honorable, If you take that day, hold it up, give it light, and do not become selfish, Then you shall find delight and you will ascend to the heights of joy, And you will receive a gift beyond measure. Notes about what not to do: pursue your own interests do not go your own way serve your own interests pursue your own affairs Sabbath is an important reminder to take time to focus outside our...