What does companionship have to do with faith? A lot, as it turns out! Conversation, conversion, discernment, spiritual direction, even sharing in community projects. It’s always more enjoyable with a friend.
If you regularly attend a church, you maybe involved with the different ministries that support the members or outside communities; such as social justice.
I’ve found that using the skills you already have can help others in what they may need. If you are organized, maybe help with the food shelf. If you like to read, volunteer to proof the newsletter. If you enjoy hearing about the “old days,” visit your elderly members. There is always a way to reach out, and in doing so, you increase your faith, and likely – that of those you are in contact with.
When you are a bright light in a dark world, sharing your testimony of faith is a gift to those who are open to hear it. I give God ALL the glory for bringing me out of ovarian cancer and healing my body. God planted the seeds for research and treatment, I am blessed beyond words, to be alive. Alive and well and cancer free.
So when you need a friend, reach out to those who know you, and perhaps you will extend your reach even further, to those you don’t.
Grace is the foundation of our faith and daily strength. What then, does it mean to “live in grace”?
For me, it is to be like-minded with Christ, to want what He wants for me, not the other way around. It’s so easy for us to let time slip, days pass without opening our Bible, reading something encouraging, sharing with our Heavenly Father, the hopes and fears we have. Something draws us back, and I believe it the work of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you’ve gone stagnant, still a believer, grounded in your faith, attending church regularly and bible study, but maybe your light has disappeared. That “still small voice” that guides our comings and goings. That voice that is your Father
It’s easy to get back in touch, whether your distance has been a few weeks, or perhaps many years. Jesus is always here for us. He wants to reconnect, no matter how long its been. He nudges softly, reminding us that He never left, it was us who stepped further and further away.
Your conversation doesn’t have to be complicated. Ask God for what you need, be mindful that you are the presence of the Holiest One. And He wants you back in the fold. He has missed you. Let Him provide the grace necessary to live in His word.
To be honest, I had never heard of “Eastertide” until today, and as a new-to-the-Episcopalian-faith, I wanted to make sure I was understanding it correctly. It seems to be a beautiful time of celebration. It is based in Christianity & Judaism and although I attend a “certain” church, I do not believe that Christ put his “stamp of approval” on a particular religion.
Eastertide: Another term for Easter season, the Great Fifty Days. As used in English-speaking churches, “tide” is an old word meaning a festival and its season. For the church, this is, in fact, still Easter. Easter is not meant to be just one sunny Sunday, marked by a hearty meal and pastel hues, but it is, rather, a full season of feasting. Each one of the “Great 50 Days of Easter” ought to be marked and celebrated as Easter. We are called during this season to find some way, every day, to celebrate and feast. We celebrate this great and joyful fact for a full 50 days, because learning what it means to live in the light of the resurrection takes practice. It takes us 40 days of Lent to really learn that we cannot save ourselves or our world, and it takes 50 days of Easter for us to be gripped and transformed by the fact that God can.
What an incredible time of year; the celebration of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our King, born into humble circumstances, who would walk this earth as a man, human in every sense, to bring light to a dark world.Kings brought their finest gifts, sheep and cows stood near their shepherds, a heavenly host sang Hallelujah, the brightest star shone in the sky, and the baby Jesus was held by his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph. What a day it must’ve been for his heavenly Father, knowing all his son would accomplish, and give up.
Another holiday has passed, but the message of His birth, and the sanctity of his love, never leaves the heart.
May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. HendricksLove came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.
~Christina RossettiChristmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love. ~Lucinda Franks
Oh! lovely voices of the sky
Which hymned the Saviour’s birth,
Are ye not singing still on high,
Ye that sang, “Peace on earth”?