Monday, July 6, 2015

White Privilege by Mark Davis

Monday, June 1, 2015

Justice (Devotional) by Ron Shackelford

 Angel Trumpet blooming in the Garden of Grace.
 “Woe to you, Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices…but have neglected the more important matters of the law---justice, mercy and faithfulness.”  Mt. 23:23 NIV

Want to do the will of God? Here’s one of the most critically important verses in the Bible. If you ponder it and integrate it, you can’t go wrong. God desires three things: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. If these are “the important matters,” Jesus implies conventional religious practice can unconsciously “neglect” and even replace these. 

What did Jesus mean by “justice?”

Monday, April 20, 2015

Life in Meekdom (Devotional) By Ron Shackelford

“The meek and lowly are fortunate, for the whole wide world belongs to them.”     Mt. 5:5 L.B.

Our culture says the world belongs to aggressive types who possess things, like stock certificates. How is it possible for the non-aggressive folks, whom Jesus calls “lowly” and gentle, to authentically claim ownership of “the whole wide world?”      

The lowly meek are not weak,
It’s a different world they seek.            


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tomorrow's Troubles (Devotional) By Ron Shackelford

She: What does the phrase 'tomorrow's troubles' suggest to you? 
He: No water. No electricity. Food shortages. Gas lines. Over-population. 

In other words, a pretty bleak world. Fear, anxiety, despair, anger, selfishness, greed are common reactions to thoughts about tomorrow. How do you react when you think about tomorrow? Ron, in his devotional, suggests a different way of looking at our time on earth.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Artichokes: A Metaphor for Religion

 The Garden of Grace is ablaze with color, flowers, fruits and vegetables, birds and lizards! I'm especially enamored by the artichokes. While I enjoy artichoke hearts, I am not one who eats them roasted whole. This artichoke plant was planted as an experiment. It struggled for a few years in  a shady spot and was transplanted to the 'Veggie Room' - raised vegetable beds in the garden - last summer. This spring it burst into glorious, abundant bloom. I got six artichokes from the early harvests and there's a lot more coming. One part of the plant even fell down because of the weight of the artichokes atop it! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Moved by Joy (Devotional) By Ron Shackelford

The daffodils are blooming in the Garden of Grace and The Unknowns continue strong; moving into our third year, I find it incredible that we welcomed a new member and have another waiting in the wings! At our recent meeting we were all inspired by the latest reflection from Ron Shackelford, HR. Here it is for your enjoyment, this fifth week of Lent.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tulip Thursday and Brother Toby on To Lent or Not Lent?

Tulip Thursday, that's what I am calling today. I received these gorgeous #tulips as a thank you gift a couple of weeks ago. Feb. 7th to be exact. The tulip flowers died last week but I took the picture and am meditating on them as metaphors for life, love, and death. The flowers bloomed in what passes for winter in sunny California. The bright red tulips were full of life, glorious and radiant in their beauty. Still, I remembered why I don't like to grow tulips; they need a lot of care and I don't have that luxury to give, I often think to myself. The bulbs have to be dug out of the ground and kept chilled during rest of the year if the plants are to bloom again. Even then they don't bloom with human care only but need the divine spark of life too.