Sunday September 24, 2017
Jacob's Dream (Genesis 27: 1-4, 15-23; 28: 10-17
As you are reflecting on the story of Jacob, I hope that you have read what comes before, what is missing and what comes after the reading for last Sunday.
What are the questions that have come up for you as you read?
I find this story interesting because God had already stated that Jacob would be the one to "rule over the younger" and yet Rebekkah and Jacob go about making sure that it happens through their own trickery and diceit. Did they not trust that God would be true to God's word?
Can you think of a time when you did not trust in God's providing and pushed for the outcome as you desired? How did that work out?
God's Story,Our Story
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
This past Sunday we heard the story of Abraham and Isaac. This is a difficult story to hear. Our worship resource from Clergy Stuff asks the question:
How does this story feel?
When I read through the story, my first reaction was, "how" How could Abraham make himself walk up that mountain? How could he place his son on the alter?
The more I read over the story and saw the trust that Abraham had, the trust that the Lord would provide, the more I wondered about my own trust. Do I trust God will provide?
I know there have been times in my life where I have been afraid of what was to come next. I have tried to rely on my own strength, my ability to control (or illusion there of) the situation. Sometimes it has worked and the outcome seems favorable. Sometimes I have had to let go and trust that God would be with me in the situation and circumstance. And though I might not have liked what was going on, God was there guiding along the way. Of course, I didn't always see that until hind sight kicked in.
Can you recall a time that you let go and trusted God? Can you recall a time that you tried to do it on your own strength? What was that like for you? How did they differ?
Are there things in your life that you need to trust to God now?
Shalom (which means wholeness and well being be with you)
I look forward to the conversation!
God's Story Our Story
Sunday, Sept. 10th we heard the Creation Story.
Our question in the resource from Clergy Stuff is, What does it mean to that you are created in God's image? What about yourself reminds you of God?
The Story we heard from Max Lucado talked about the light of God being put within us. This is what it means to me to be created in God's image. In a culture that gets hung up on outward images, I think it is important to remember that what is within us defines us more than what is on the outside. Our thoughts, our compassion, our empathy. The way we use these parts of ourselves, reflect the way we respond to God's light.
So what does it mean to you that you are created in God's image? I look forward to the conversation!!