Brilliant Blessings, One Blazing World

He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:2(b)-5 The desire is deep, isn’t it? For God to grab hold of us, to shine a burning…

Rest Your Neighbor (As Yourself)

“Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.” – Exodus 20:8-11 MSG No, we aren’t in…

A Cure For Existing on Fumes

“For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.” Exodus 20:9-11 MSG “And maybe that it is what the Sabbath is meant to do for us: Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone else.” – Abraham Heschel, The Sabbath Yes, friend. Go…

Weekly Refreshment? (Come on, who has time for that…)

“It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.” – Exodus 31:17 The hinge, I call her. She, the one who links God with people. She, the one who welcomes the weary. She, the one who bridges the gap. You may know her by another name: Sabbath. Yes, Sabbath, the lengthiest commandment, number four, the one who urges us to still ourselves with a Loving God. Yet, she, the ancient one, forgotten about in most circles….

This Too Shall Pass

You’ve heard it said, “This too shall pass,” yet, you and I know the waiting isn’t easy. In the waiting, it seems the other side is Neverland, an invisible entity, the great Beyond, But — before you lay your head down letting despair have its’ way, go, grab your hammer, the tool that fit your grandfather’s hand, passed down to you with love. Use it to pound the nails into each plank, carefully, one by one — when your mind wanders to boredom, to worry, come back to the task at hand. Rap, rap, rap. Keep going. Before long, you’ll…