Sunday to Monday | Landmarks of the Faith

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
Luke 2:15-18

“Think of an idea to change our world and put it into action.”  Movie - Pay It Forward

God gives us landmarks and lily pads to jump to through our faith journey...mangers and other spots.  As Ann Lamott (Traveling Mercies) says, "Faith did not start for me with a leap but rather with a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Lily pads, round and green, these places summoned me and then held me while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land , and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear."   Pastor Dave used an example of a slinky....God has a hold of you as you move through life, sometimes it is a small step, other times big leaps, but he guides us and gives us landmarks as we make our way through life.  

Here are some questions to think about this week:

  • Has your faith life been more of a leap or “… a stagger from one safe place to another…?” Ann Lamott Traveling Mercies. How would Mary, Joseph or the Shepherds perhaps answer?
  • Where have the safe places to birth faith been for you (Luke 1:7)?
  • Ponder in your heart the words of Richard Rohr, “God loves you because God is good. God does not love you because you are good; you are good because God loves you.”
  • Pause this week to have a slinky prayer. What biblical stories dance in your heart? Where are your lily pads of faith formation you have landed on? What action might God be calling you to?
  • Live the words of religious fanatic Charlie Brown, “Why just Christmas? Why can’t we be kind and accepting all through the year?”

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