Mary anointed Jesus with expensive oil, giving everything she had. That’s an abundance mindset. When Jesus fed the multitudes, the disciples picked up twelve baskets full of leftovers! That’s God’s abundance seen in action.
Confess and God promises you are loved and forgiven. “How can we keep from singing?”
Accepting our insecurities and expressing them is one way to dispel their power over us and be set free.
By being present in the present, we can live out God’s way of inclusion to create a place where all are welcome and we can work, grow, and live together in community.
The twist in our Lenten turning, or repentance, is this: after we’ve done our feeble best to please God, we hold out our hands to receive God’s grace. We let go of thinking we can earn it.
Perhaps investing our attention in God means budgeting our attention, diversifying our investment portfolios to include God in our busy schedules, slashing all the expenses on our time and energy that prevent us from seeking God’s Presence.
This week’s theme is about moving from earning to receiving. We need to learn, and relearn, and relearn again, that we do not earn God’s love. We receive it.
Since God makes wonderful things out of dust, it stands to reason that God also makes beautiful things out of messy situations.
Fear. A most basic human emotion that creeps up in all of us at different moments of our lives.
Fear has been part of the human experience since the beginning of time.