Growing up in a liturgical church setting, Lent was a somber time of contemplation. Ashes crossed foreheads. The hymn selection on the old pipe organ only included minor, dissonant sounding chords. Black cloth draped the altar. Items were given up. I remember hearing many of my friends complaining about unsingable melodies and the number of
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means that love is in the air.
Or is it?
I ask the question because I’m convinced that love is one of the more widely defined–and misunderstood–concepts in our culture. And I’m far from the first person to point out that this time of year doesn’t always lend itself to the clearest thinking on the subject.
So when you get right down to it, what does it mean to love someone in God’s eyes?
What do the following things have in common? And what do they have to do with your life?:
- A near shipwreck.
- The beauty of an English day in mid-winter.
- The repetitive chant of a child from a neighboring house.
- A skin disease.
- A “hard boiled atheist’s” evaluation of the gospels.
- A modern piano composition.
- Facing charges for tax fraud.
- A mother reading her children bedtime stories.
Think about all the things that you find exciting or satisfying in your life. Some examples:
- Binging on that new Netflix series.
- Reading that book that’s so hard to put down.
- The appetizers at that favorite restaurant of yours.
- That girl/guy in your class/workplace you’re finding it hard to stop thinking about.
- Your favorite team’s next game.
- All the interesting things you’ve got going on in your job.
- An excellent report card (and maybe a scholarship that goes with it).
- Your kids: seeing them reach the next milestone, thinking about their future, and so on.
- That hobby that makes you so impatient for the weekend.
With all those things in mind, here’s a question: why is it so easy to be preoccupied with all these things, while it’s often so hard to pursue God? And for that matter, what can we do to fight against that?
Everyone knows that childbirth hurts. From an early age sitcoms set in labor and delivery and knowing looks between women give us the general idea even if the rest remains an abstraction. For the Christian, Genesis 3:16 explains the cause of the pain. After Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden, God shares part of
Like many people, the New Year has brought with it a renewed desire in me to spend meaningful time with God each day. Throughout different seasons of my life, this has looked different but has always involved meditating on God’s Word and spending time in prayer. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that one
Have you ever found yourself singing a familiar melody on December 31 a bit unsure of of what “Auld Lang Syne” is or who exactly we’re supposed to pass a cup of kindness to? While song lyrics may be lost in translation for many, most people find themselves doing exactly what the song implies. For