88 results for 'faith'
Do you ever watch “The Big Bang Theory”? The title of that show got me thinking… Just for a moment imagine walking through the halls of the most amazing museums in Italy, wandering through echoing halls, viewing works of art created by the most famous artists of all time. These pieces – paintings, sculptures all expertly crafted long before you were even a thought. Now imagine some bozo saying something like this – “Wow, I would really like to know what amazing cosmic accident happened to result in the beautiful creation of these??” If you saw that you would probably think this person... (more)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-21
While I don’t comprehend fully why some things happen, and some don’t, I do believe God is always with me, even in those moments when the grey claims the day, and the bleak overwhelms the week, just as much as on the days where... (more)
Sometimes the distances between what people know of you . . . and what they think of you . . . and what you know of yourself . . . and what you think of yourself . . . and what is true of all of this knowledge and all of these thoughts when sifted out seems as vast as the entire universe. I wonder if God didn't just create all the stars and solar systems for a practice run, knowing that the humans-to-come would be much more difficult to put into motion and save from colliding.
We don't orbit well.
We want to be the center of our own universe; we choose carefully who gets into... (more)
What do the gay people in your church look like? Do you spot them by their flamboyant clothing . . . their mannerisms . . . their declarations?
When a brother or sister in your church came to you to ask you for your help and support in their personal struggle against homosexuality . . . what did you do to walk with them? How did you respond the last time this happened to you?
“Oh . . . we don’t have that problem in our church,” you say?
If you are a typical church, you do.
Statistics show that one out of every five church members has a family member or close friend... (more)
...of your lifeyou could help just oneTurn your face to the lightknow yourself as a child of the eminencea goodness which no darknesscan ever extinguishyour rightful inheritance the love that burns through the darkest nightTurn to this lightand maybe you will seewhat I seethat what you thought was your cursewas a blessing given to teachto open my heart in understandingto bring me closer to this truth of lifeTo stand in that forgotten "thank you"to smile in the face of grim suppressionknowing that grace is always given.faith will always be my strength.Copyright © 2012 Barbara MacDonald(more)
So . . . are you free to be ye yet?
Despite all the awe-inspiring technological advances in life, the countless avenues for gathering information, unlimited research on everything imaginable and the openness of modern life that allows pretty much anyone to share deep insight on absolutely anything that briefly piques their interest due to unlimited access to avenues of expression . . . we're not much closer to resolving the issues that lead us into rebellion and separation and solitude, it seems, or to the truth on the issues that blind us, bind us or define us.
We bow our heads... (more)
Have you ever come across a person of exceptional passion…If you have, then surely you are lucky and mark my word and that would make you feels so complete and contented… People with passion are different, they create...they build…they nurture…they nourish. Selflessly and unconditionally, they infuse life in others. What ever they do, they do it elegantly, and they do it with grace. Passion is not a borrowed terms of sympathy or pity…It is the ultimate emotion of love and care. My humble suggestion, if anyone come across such person; please thank your stars, that you are blessed….you encountered... (more)
I love junk jewelry and love wearing my earrings and necklaces wherever I go. Particularly lovely to me are jewelry that resembles shiny stars hanging from my ears and itty bitty flowers around my neck. They give me some sorts of a mystical status. At least, that’s the way I feel when I wear my magical earrings.
Of course, as you would imagine, these earrings are not really magical, but I just like to call them that because that’s how they make me feel inside every time I wear them—a sparkle of magic swirling all inside and around me!
The other day, as I was putting on my favorite... (more)
This story is such a vague memory I almost can't recall the details of hearing it.
But the story, I'll never forget.
I do remember sitting in the living room when I first heard it, watching TV in the rented house I shared with my first husband, a drafty wooden one-story with a giant single-pane glass window that looked onto Delaware Drive in San Mateo. I know I was in that house because I remember the gold velveteen of the borrowed sofa underneath me. I kept petting the prickly nap of the cheap fabric as I prayed nervously, desperately, after hearing the story. Back in those... (more)
IN THE WINGS OF HOPE
Suspended about all things
Turning spinning whirling
In wings of angels in clouds so white imagination ignite
The breadth of view; words beyond describe,
Glimmering stars in hair strung
Moon dust in eyelashes glimmer
In reverie warp, to find liberation from limits
Rising above blunder
From the River of Existential Despair
(Hanging from my fingernails)
Striding the edge of Ceres
From Despair to Hope
In distant galaxies... (more)