Posts Tagged ‘love’

Moving Toward Suffering

Over spring break, I got to go on vacation with Joel’s family. We stayed in a whimsical cottage outside of Wimberley, and for the most part had a lovely time. The second night, however, we heard a scream from the loft upstairs. Grace had been practicing a dance on the slick wood floors and had…

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Acceptance & Vulnerability

The Fear of Being Seen One of my oldest, strongest longings is the desire to be deeply known. This might surprise people who knew me as a child, because I was very reserved in most settings and rarely offered up information about myself. In fact, the thought of drawing people’s attention terrified me. I read…

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Have I Asked You To Do This? (Advent 2017)

Guest post by Roger Hanggi A meditation upon 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 In this passage, we hear a conversation between King David and the Lord, as moderated by the prophet Nathan. We know that David was not a perfect king. He had sinned as we all have in our lives. He repented and received God’s…

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Great Things for ME! (Advent 2017)

  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2   Guest post by Sophia Rawlins When you read the passage, what stands out to you? During my teenage years, I would…

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Clear the Way – Your God is Coming! (Advent 2017)

He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” – John 1:23 Guest post by Rachel Kramer “Make straight the way of the Lord!”  This is the kind of phrase I heard around Christmas time as a kid that, to my y0ung ears, was…

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God’s Tender Words (Advent 2017)

  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. –  John 1:6-8   Guest post by Brent McDougal When John the Baptizer…

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He Carries Us Close to His Heart (Advent 2017)

One of the Advent passages for this week contains one of my favorite verses of all time (Isa. 40:11): He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. I’m not sure there’s a more gentle, tender image…

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The Smile of God (Advent 2017)

Over Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of playing with Deborah’s niece and nephews.  While I’m sure the parents were happy for the help, I was in it for purely selfish reasons.  A smile. In playing with toddlers, I go all in: getting down on the floor, being imaginative and goofy, readying myself for endless games…

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We are All the Work of Your Hand! (2017 Advent Reflections)

…We are all the work of your hand.  –  Isaiah 64:8b The work of formation is central to the mission of Body Oak Cliff.  It’s our belief that empowering people to more fully experience and embody the love of God is the best way to bring about change in the places we live, work, and…

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