Spending Spiritual Resources

In the middle of the book of Luke, there are some teachings from Jesus that foster very widely divergent concepts. Among these is a parable that has been given many names: “unjust steward”, “shrewd manager”, “dishonest manager”, etc. Many acknowledge the difficulty of understanding this parable. And the reason for the divergent views is plain: …

Who Pays?

The underlying sense of inadequacy is an extreme burden to carry. The hidden hope for Love and acceptance is already battered by the constant struggle to continue to trust the nature of God. The fleeting glimpses of Love, pure and complete, fade, occluded by the noisome vapors of retribution, in the howling gale of inescapable …

Love Lost, Life Found

How can a seemingly random discussion of past husbands and other sexual relationships lead a whole town to recognize that Jesus saves the whole world? This story is about a woman seeking water but finding more. It is about prejudice and tribal hatred left behind. Love shattered, yet springing to life with mere words. But …

Forgiveness – Too Hard

A friend asked this question: The teachings in the Bible about forgiveness are hard. People in my life are so stupid. Their actions hurt and offend me. So I avoid them. I pray for them but I can not let my life be affected by them. It makes me feel bad. I know Jesus says …

Mother’s Pain

Eve is the name given to the Genesis account of the start of humanity. Other belief systems have similar accounts. This short abstract story is intended to contemplate her story, based on what Genesis says about it, but expanded to imagine what it may have felt like. I think we can relate as we go …

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