During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in all that has to be done. We have gifts to buy, parties to attend, finals to complete, and other year-end duties. Sometimes all we each need is just a breather. A moment where we aren’t required to do anything and can just be.
I write this on November 1, All Saints Day. We all know about Halloween, that crazy day in our culture when little kids trick-or-treat for candy and college kids revel in costumes for fun. We imagine creatures of darkness, spoof the realm of the dead and maybe even scare ourselves silly watching horror flicks. All in good fun. But we have lost sight (if we ever had it) of the actual meaning of the day, originally known as All Hallows Eve because it precedes All Hallows Day. All hallows as in holy, “hallowed be thy name,” holy ones, saints.
I am convinced human beings are not primarily designed for productivity—at least not in the way the world defines it. By my rough calculation, we only have about 50% of our lives available to “get stuff done.” We are not God’s work horses designed for efficient productivity.
Our relationship with money often reflects our relationship with God. In college I was challenged to start living a lifestyle of generosity. Since then I’ve learned a lot about God’s generosity, but it hasn’t always been easy.
For many of us, summer is a welcome change of pace or environment. What is your summer situation? Home on semester break? Still on campus for summer semester as an undergrad or for ongoing research as a grad student? Studying abroad? Working a summer job? Any vacation plans? Summer can be a gift, but it also can present some temptations, like taking a little vacation from God.
Sometimes I walk while I pray to avoid getting antsy. On one of my prayer walks, God stopped me in front of a loquat tree in my neighborhood. Loquats are a yellowish pear-shaped fruit that taste like a mix of mangos, peaches, and citrus. Curiously, I’ve taken this path many times but had never stopped to notice this tree before.
Galactic war is trending now, courtesy of the Star Wars Empire. Fictional as it may sound, there is an actual cosmic war happening around us. Good and evil, God and Satan are battling it out as they wage war for our souls. This battle is raging on my campus, a place that I love.
Palm Sunday ushered us into this week we call “holy.” In a previous post titled Making This a Holy Week, I sketched the choreography of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and the spiritual themes that pulse through these days. This year, I want to offer a short meditation on one of Jesus’s most provocative teachings.
The summer of 2015, I spent seven life-changing weeks on a Global Urban Trek in Mexico City. My name is Rebecca. I am a senior at Grand Valley State University, in my third year on our leadership team as a small group leader. I am studying nonprofit administration, and I want to go on to work in a church doing cross-cultural and/or urban ministry.
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