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February 23, 2009

Reflection for the Week- February 23rd, 2009

As the once mighty consumerist fortresses of church and state begin to crumble we ask you oh God to remake our values and set us on the path to a new way of living. Money and material possessions have reigned over us for all too long. Teach us what it means to more emphatically follow in the footsteps of the crucified and risen One and help us to be obedient and willing to love you and our neighbor as we ought.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 16, 2009

Reflection for the Week- February 16th, 2009

Present breakdowns can push us back to the past or forward to the future. A Scriptural vision sets out before us the following. Remembering that God has redeemed our pasts and projecting that he will completely redeem us in the future is to translate into a living hope for the present. Living hope for the present does not mean that all will go well in the here and now, but it does show us ever so extravagantly that our life stories are connected to the God of the past, present, and future. He powerfully and gently holds us in his hands.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 09, 2009

Reflection for the Week- February 9th, 2009

Dark clouds sometimes form in the recesses of our lives and bring storms of discontent. During these moments that may turn into days, weeks, and months, we fear the solitude and sense of emptiness will never end. Yet, God in his wisdom has made us in such a way that these powerful impressions too will diminish and eventually fade into a horizon that is larger than anything that we can fathom.

 

February 02, 2009

Reflection for the Week- February 2nd, 2009

Pangs of loneliness mark us all. Displacement, alienation, restlessness, and instability so often permeate our culture and mindset. There is in us, however, a deep longing for a safe place to be and to dwell, for friends and for home. God graciously invites us, amidst the fragmentation and chaos of life, into a unique community with himself and others who are following in the footsteps of the crucified and risen One. We have a place there that is to saturate the whole of our lives here.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery