In Solidarity with Jesus and His Mission

  • Giving (and Receiving) Every Day…Not Just Tuesday

    I write today on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Designated a ‘Giving Tuesday’ that began a decade ago to raise awareness of the need to enact radical generosity in the hearts and souls of people. This movement has grown to become global in scope, while remaining locally focused. If you are like me, your inbox and […] Read more

  • God’s Provisions for Our Time in the Wilderness

    Reflection on Mark 1:9-15 In this Gospel passage, Mark tells the story of Jesus’ Baptism and immediate departure into the desert wilderness where Jesus will reside and be tempted by Satan. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the very Spirit of God, to a place where death was a very real possibility. He is […] Read more

  • Transforming the Continuum of Care

    Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 months…the global pandemic has resulted in inequitable panic, concern, and impulsive reactions among government officials and the ‘health care’ community. The reactions and fear have not been unfounded. Millions worldwide have been impacted and many have died as a direct result of the […] Read more

  • Christ The King

    We don’t often talk of kings much anymore in the US. After all we have been involved with this experiment called a democracy for a couple of centuries. In this form of government, there are no kings and are extensive guards and laws to prevent even our elected folks from acting like a king. So […] Read more

  • Back to The Future

    With future in front of us I begin anew with this blog.  The Delorean is ready to go and programmed.  We await the future with anxious anticipation. Read more

  • Laura’s Plant

    With all the ‘remembering’ of 9-11-01, I find that I grow weary and sometimes forget what it is I am supposed to remember.  All the getting older jokes aside…it really un-nerves me.  John Patton, in his book Pastoral Care in Context, talks about ‘re-membering’ people and events back into your life – not to make […] Read more

AT WAR

It’s hard to talk of peace these days. We are at war with ourselves, our families, our nation, and our planet. We pray for peace, act for peace, and even fight for peace. Whatever sensibilities we claimed to have had regarding peace appears to have vanished. So is the absence of peace – my perception or reality?

I can make a list of the violent events and episodes just within my daily travels. I can nourish my worldview with images of war through social media accounts and professional media reports. I can search my heart and my intimate conversations and find numerous battles in which I hurl words that can obliterate the reputations of people close to me. We are at war.

Our wars – both corporate and personal – had clearer boundaries. Boundaries are what wars are about – not oil, nationalism, and prejudice. People groups have defended territory since the beginning. Adam and Eve broke clear boundaries their Creator had set. Armies have trampled across boundaries for centuries. With the technology of today, we take to the air and ignore boundaries 360 degrees from horizon to horizon.

I’m left wondering if our being at war is so common that we have become numb to its impact.

This week in our Biblical account of Jesus we encounter his encouraging and commanding words – PEACE BE WITH YOU. Peace, best realized as the embodiment of SHALOM, be with us – all who can hear and read. Since it – this Shalom – is with us, perhaps we should consider sharing it. By sharing true Shalom, perhaps it could become contagious and infect others. Perhaps then, the Shalom that is with them can be released…a cascade of Shalom.

Yes, this may sound naïve. So simple – it may just work… JOHN 20:19-23 19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 

Being at war gives opportunity to engage in the conflict itself. In fact, I believe we can’t avoid it – Jesus didn’t. So go…engage and bring Shalom where its needed most in your life.


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