Being shamed can be a crippling experience, especially in today's world of social media where photos and video are so often catching people when they least expect it. It can be used for good, and too much use can have dangerous consequences. Isaiah's world and life had it's fair share of shame too. How does God use him because of his shame and help him get beyond his shame? (Lectionary reading for May 31, 2015 second Sunday of Pentecost) ref:
Today is Pentecost - A time of celebrating the church's birth (John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15). Across the country Medicine Hat, Alberta is celebrating the elimination of homelessness. (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-thursday-edition-1.3074402/medicine-hat-becomes-the-first-city-in-canada-to-eliminate-homelessness-1.3074742)
Whether it's the Spirit causing different nationalities to speak the same language to become the church, or different municipal politicians learning the same language to eliminate homelessness, both are miraculous and a cause for celebration. Now it's our job to testify to such a light in this work. All thanks and praise are yours God most holy!
There are those who are excited for your happiness and there are those who wish to dim or remove your happiness. Has someone ever tried to remove your happiness/inner joy? Too many have experienced this. In today's scripture reading (John 17: 6-19) Christ prays for preventative health when it comes to God's joy remaining strong in us... have a listen and here how.
Today is Mother's Day! What do moms worry about most? What do kids worry about most? How can we take away those worries so we can just focus on communicating appreciation and love? Today's sermon is a reflection on Acts 10: 44–48 - where Peter is able to communicate to a crowd who had no business understanding a word he said... what what his secret?
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