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February 28, 2011

Reflection for the Week- February 28th, 2011

A tendency to equate bread and love leads to an impoverishment of love. Love cannot be bought and sold; it is not a consumer product, even though commercial and personal interests may want to convince us otherwise. Since we can’t purchase love, we may figure the best way to obtain it is to make sure that we receive before we give. Whenever we center on “what’s in this for me?” or “why should I do this unless I’m going to get that?” we’re losing love and operating in a manner akin to living on bread alone.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 21, 2011

Reflection for the Week- February 21st, 2011

Retreating behind walls of fear blinds us to the prospect of loving and being loved. There is, however, it is true, the need for spiritual strength and wisdom to be able to come out from hiding and to embrace possibilities, albeit without the assurance that it will all work out in one’s favor. Terrible hurt and pain can make such a move seem impossible. Rejection and reaction reign as the only features that make sense, as new suffering always appears to be inevitable. Yet grace is corrosive and cuts into the fiber of wounds, gradually mending that which is bleeding.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 14, 2011

Reflection for the Week- February 14th, 2011

Plug and play spirituality is an unfortunate expression of contemporary Christianity. No wonder the faith is losing traction. While redemption is powerful and realistic, we mimic the trite and superficial. The watching world is getting tired of looking and seeing itself in a mirror. There’s no better time for those willing to think and question to move in new directions of deeply living truth and love in dynamic ways. Enhancing the credibility of the faith is not entirely our responsibility, but it is something that should be dear to our hearts for the sake of Christ and others.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 07, 2011

Reflection for the Week- February 7th, 2011

The trauma of loss can overwhelm us and deplete our strength for embracing life. Our rights, relationality, and stories will not sever us from being suffering selves; a true part of our identity as humans. Thank you Lord that you have covenanted to join us, and now you know the bleak path of desire failing, though in following the will you find your journey never ending, never ending. And so it is: passing through the territory of darkness can seem like an eternity, yet light does slowly appear through the cracks and we emerge scathed, but alive and released.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery