When we aren't careful as a parish we can lose our identity in part through fragmentation. Smaller groups and activities working toward the same mission independently. We unintentionally lose sight of the cornerstone that fuses us into one church. We follow Jesus Christ who makes us strong. Amen.
A common reply to a greeting of; "How are you?" or "What's new?" In the truest sense, that reply is the farthest from the truth. With God, nothing is common or happenstance. That encounter was planned before time as we know it to fulfill God's plan. Amen.
Faith is not on the surface of our being, but at the very core of our soul. We must allow all that God gives us to penetrate all the layers to heal and feed us and change us to be what we are truly called to be. Amen.
Our grain is the thickness or thinness of our skin, or the hardness or softness of our heart. As children of God, we collectively make great things, or on our own not so much. God loves us so much He allows us to make that choice. Amen.
The "quick to listen and slow to speak" from James 1: 19 plays a significant role when praying to God. We often talk to much instead of just saying "Here I am" and then remaining quiet. I am finding God likes to talk too. Amen.
...and to God the things that are God's. The "what" is you and me. Jesus wants us! Not for an hour on Sunday. But 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; for as long as He blesses us with life. And, God wants us as we are... Amen.