In the world today, we tend to think of faithfulness in human terms. Faithfulness is demonstrated by loyalty to our spouse, friends, duties performed, promises kept, commitments fulfilled, contracts completed, vows observed, and being true to one’s word. Although this faithfulness is certainly necessary for a successful marriage, friendships, and a virtuous life, the fruit of the spirit of faithfulness is referring to our faithfulness in Christ.Continue reading “We Believe. Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness”
God’s goodness reveals the mysteries that are often in plain view.
There is so much to be gained if we allow the life space to unveil its mysteries that are often hidden in plain view. The Universal Christ is such an unveiling…[Love is] the greatest mystery of all. Not love as a warm and fuzzy feeling, but love as the animating force that holds us together. If we can believe that we are loved just as we are and that everything else is equally loved, we unveil a cosmic reality that is life-giving and a Christ-like reality that affirms the goodness of all creation…I encounter the Universal Christ from the cultural viewpoint of my embodiment as an African American woman, and I want to briefly share what that means to me, although categories of race, ethnicity, origin, or tribe have very little meaning in a cosmos based on original goodness and universally shared dignity. I’ve spent a lifetime working with like-minded people helping to unclog racism, sexism, gender, sexual identity bias. We struggle with the -isms so that justice might finally flow like waters. Our intentions are always good, but often our efforts include the subliminal presumption that if dominant culture would just include others and their established systems, all would be well. The Universal Christ happily displaces that notion. For if inclusion is to be meaningful, it must be based on the idea that everyone and everything is included from the beginning, not included in socially constructed hierarchies with allegiance to one political system or another, but included in a web of life, set forth from the foundations of the earth.
Today, I will remember that I was born to find God and to love my neighbor, affirming the goodness of all creation.
The power of a good example.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – September 3, 2021”
The Spirit moves, grounded in eternal hope.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – September 2, 2021”
A prayer that what is good within us may flourish.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – September 1, 2021”
Living the same both inside and out.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 31, 2021”
Let us not forget the good.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 30, 2021”
What does “goodness” mean to you? A lot of us use the word “good” as a throwaway word. When I’m asked how I’m feeling, I might say “I’m good” without really meaning it or giving it much thought. Or when I’m asked “how was it” about an event or activity, I might answer without thinking and simply reply “it was good”. But what do I really mean by that?Continue reading “Smitten With Goodness. Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness”
Living in virtue.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 27, 2021”