The Gift of Good News

Long ago, amid a brutal ruler, governmental systems of oppression, crooked financial systems, religious systems of rules, broken down familial systems, came news of a different sort. It wasn’t news for Christians, for there was no such thing. It wasn’t news for law-abiding Jews; it spread beyond their tribe. It wasn’t news for the rich, much to their dismay. In fact, this news first was told to the lowest of the low… the shepherds, the dregs of society, the disgrace of their families. Yes, it was this very group of outcasts, those tending to their flocks in wily fields among…

Brilliant Gratitude.

Gratitude sparkles brilliant within an ordinary moment, a mere glance away. It’s an inhale of notice beyond myself, an exhale of thanks to the mystery of God. It’s an inhale of wide-eyed awakening, An exhale of silent appreciation. When I consider my restless mind, my envy, sorrow, anger and plain, busy life, giving thanks is the antidote. It takes the focus away from me, myself and I, slows me down to prayerful awareness. When I notice, I see what I already have. I hear the voice of the Prodigal God, hum low, with lavish love, “You are always with me,…