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February 27, 2012

Reflection for the Week- February 27th, 2012

There is much gloom and darkness in the world and ourselves. Superficial gimmicks, legalistic devices, political treaties, new economic policies, and even one world government will not stem the tide. Scriptured voices point to the light, but the night is long and sometimes seems endless. Prophets, psalmists, artists, and poets arise. Help us break through the masquerade and tell the story again about the way it really is. In the midst of denouncing this dark tragedy, there is a call to joy and hope, as God has not forgotten his people, redemption is already in action, and someday there will only be light.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 20, 2012

Reflection for the Week- February 20th, 2012

We live and die in the midst of brokenness and beauty. They both engage us deeply in an insightful and real truth. Why? Life is like this. Our world and our lives, as it were, are cut in two. This tension permeates creation and us. Looking outside and then inside reminds us that this is the way it is. Sometimes there’s a dirge and sometimes there’s a praise, yet both are woven together and one never effaces the other. Faced with this reality, we long for redemption and the gift of resolution, where brokenness is absolved and beauty alone remains. 

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 13, 2012

Reflection for the Week- February 13th, 2012

Living in a world of wonder, exchanged for profit and greed, invites a sense anger. Woe to those who strip the earth of its glory, rob people of their dignity, and propagate darkness. If ever there was a time for re-making a world and a worldview in light of the Infinite, it is now. Proclaiming lament and hope are a beginning, but they have to translate into a polyphony of actions that will make a contribution to change for the sake of a just mercy. When we make a pledge to radically reject the forces of materialism, our commitment will no doubt transform us into exiles from that vast network of betrayal and oppression, as it attempts to parasitically reign over all that is.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 06, 2012

Reflection for the Week- February 6th, 2012

Displaced and dislocated. Wandering. Home has drifted away, as quickly as the raging wind sweeping over the glacial, barren, white landscape. Shelter has vanished. Still hoping all is well, - but no, no it’s not. Pain seeps uncontrollably through flesh and bones, leaving a fractured heart. This sense of loss runs deep within and shakes the confines of self. Being home-loss is not supposed to happen – broken home is a betrayal and a love-less pseudo reality that devastates the very guts of who we are. Crying for home, tears of sorrow flood the eyes. How we long for a homecoming, not so much as merely a space, though that’s important, but as a community of trust, acceptance, grace, and love, which is offered first and foremost by the audacious trio of the Infinite. When this reality becomes our address, liberated and transformed memories now surpass the treacherous debris of disruption and defeat, as being at home will begin to heal our wounds, to reset our hearts, and to grant us a place to dwell.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery