You may remember my Star Word that I received in church on Sunday was Praise. I really didn’t know what to do with that, and today I had another opportunity to pick another star. In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I scrabbled through the available stars and found one that I liked better. In accordance with most of my intentions, I thought the one I deliberately picked was right on. It was…
Most of my intentions will take all the courage I can muster. We’re in for a bumpy ride this year.
The preacher will be doing a sermon series from now to the beginning of Lent on Bridging the Divide: Facing Divisive Issues as Christians. In Bible study today we looked at Matthew 10:34-39.
Not Peace, but a Sword
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36 and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
That sounds like I really, really need courage to stay focused and true to my calling.