Fill-Up – Good News for May 10

10 05 2010

John 15:26 – 16:4

Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.”

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

The Daily Path: Each of us face challenges on a daily basis. We are well equipped to deal with many. Others prove far more daunting, beyond what our original equipment is designed to handle. So where do we find the extra horsepower required to address the need?

The Spirit!

Just as God provided the Apostles what was needed for them to go out into the world and deliver the Good News – in the face of peril and death from among their own – so too, the Holy Spirit is sent to each of us who are with Jesus. I haven’t heard a mighty wind rattling my doors, nor have I spoken in tongues with a flame above my head – but I know the Spirit is often with me as I look for the courage to do what God is asking of me.

If you’re looking for something a little extra to put in your gas tank today, maybe you should pull into the filling station and ask God for a gallon of Spirit. A little seems to go a long way!





Remember His Peace – Good News for May 25

25 05 2009

John 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.”

Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

The Daily Path: No question about what Jesus said. The world is indeed full of trouble. It  takes courage not only to live a spiritual life in Christ but also to survive in this world. Life has become increasingly cheap in the eyes of far too many. Children shoot other children just to gain respect. Deadly insurgencies grip the world. The price of freedom soars with each passing day. 

On this Memorial Day let us pray that peace may fill the hearts of all combatants and those who desire to bring violence and war to the world. May God bring home all warriors who give their lives for peace and true justice. Especially all those who have never known peace. May all innocents caught in the crossfire of violence be wrapped in the safety of Christ.

Room to Chat: Make us instruments of your peace.





The Finger – Good News for December 7

7 12 2008

Peter 3:8-14

Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.

Since everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be, conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames and the elements melted by fire. But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.

The Daily Path: Each day since God reached out to bring me close, I have dwelt in His safe haven. No matter what my daily path throws in front of me, He has provided comfort.

My youngest child has experienced a few mishaps that required trips to the hospital emergency room. During these experiences she bravely sucks her thumb and holds the finger of Mommy or Daddy as the medical staff perform whatever procedure is necessary. She still has to endure the pain, but she has the comfort, support and love of her parents right at hand… or in her case, “in” hand. Our Lord is no different. He, too, will provide a “finger” of comfort and love to any of His children when we reach out to Him.

Today, please pray for all who are in harms way. War and conflicts continue to be waged across the globe. This very day some of God’s children will die horrible deaths. Pray that they may have a final opportunity to reach out to God for His love and mercy. Pray that those perpetrators of violence will be touched to know Christ’s love and mercy, and in turn be inspired to offer not the hand of fear but the “finger” of God’s peace.





Kill the Turkey, Not ME! – Good News for November 26

26 11 2008

Luke 21: 12-19

Jesus said to the crowd, “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony.

Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.

You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” 

The Daily Path: Wow! The first 104 words of today’s Gospel are enough to make you turn tail and run away. It paints a grim picture of what you get as a follower of Christ. Seems much safer to open a box of Cracker Jacks to get your prize.

But in dying Jesus restored life. And we can do the same to gain Christ’s promise of eternal life after death. I’m not talking about becoming a Christian martyr, although that continues to happen, even today. I’m referring to allowing our ego (ME) to die so that we can really live as God wants us to. Remember our Thanksgiving Week theme? Matthew 25: 35-39 To pass the Final Exam requires a very small “me” and a huge WE. I don’t know about you, but I’m not very good at this dying thing. ME doesn’t like it.

Thanksgiving Eve

Tomorrow will likely be a busy day for you. Traveling. Preparing a meal. Playing in the annual Turkey Bowl (ouch!). Because you won’t have much time tomorrow, will you join me today in spending a few minutes crafting The Gratitude List for 2008? 

Who and what are your grateful for this year?

It can be a short list of one or a long list of many. Hand written or a simple reflection in your mind and heart. Do it right now. Beat the rush!