The Imperfect Nativity teaches us this: we don’t have to have it all together for God to make his home in us.
This also is part of the story of God-with-us: he showed up, and humanity had no room for him.
Why would God choose for his Son to be born surrounded by speculation and shameful rumors? Perhaps to teach us something about why Jesus came in the first place.
May we recognize that even in our own brokenness we can bring God’s healing to those around us.
Meditation on Scripture is a practice that helps us tap into an endless supply, like a tree planted by streams of water.
Emotions like anger that we typically label “negative” are not bad in and of themselves. Rather, like the warning lights on the dashboard of a car, they are simply evidence of what is happening in our soul.
It is easy to imagine that God has more important things to worry about than the little details of our lives. And yet Psalm 8 emphatically tells us that he loves us.
What if we stopped seeing interruptions as a nuisance to avoid and began to see them as opportunities to participate in the healing work that God is doing in this world?
We don’t know exactly when we’ll see the results we’re looking for, but if we’re consistent in doing good we will reap a harvest.
How different would our world be if everyone were so busy lifting others up that they didn’t have time to throw stones?
It is one thing to have heard about Jesus. It is another thing entirely to know him. Don’t settle for hearsay about God.
How would our world change if we stopped seeing “the least of these” as a nuisance to society and began to treat them as God in the flesh?
Have you ever felt like you had Jesus completely figured out? So did the people from his hometown, and they limited him by their lack of faith.
In a world that celebrates fruit but doesn’t talk much about the process, may we remember that true success only comes from abiding in Jesus.
In an “eye for an eye” world, Jesus taught us to love our enemies. This becomes easier when we realize that this is exactly how Jesus treated us.