Star or No Star, Doesn’t Matter at All

Star or No Star, Doesn’t Matter at All

I learned that we all had things that made us laugh and things that hurt our feelings and families that were complicated and things that made us proud and raging insecurity and curiosity and hunger. And over time I learned some of the secrets different people carried, that were hard. And hopes that they had, that were wonderful. 

I learned that the stars on our bellies didn’t matter at all. The stars don’t matter one whit in God’s kingdom. And don’t let anybody – ever – tell you otherwise. Because you are a child of God.

The Strong Name of the Trinity

The Strong Name of the Trinity

You can’t fit the Almighty into your intellectual categories. God just refuses to fit. Which may be the whole point, after all.

It’s not even like trying to put a square peg in a round hole, or a round peg in a square hole. It’s that the peg and the hole keep changing shape, and we are not going to be able to pin them down.

So maybe understanding the Trinity isn’t even the right goal. Maybe it’s not about explanations at all. Maybe the only way to approach God is with awe. Or curiosity. Or gratitude.

Or silence.

We can’t think our way into this. But maybe, just maybe, we can feel it. Sense it. Live inside it.

When the Day of Pentecost Had Come

When the Day of Pentecost Had Come

But let’s not forget, the Spirit required something of the disciples, too. Actually, it required a lot. Courage. Open-heartedness. Trust. The willingness to form a whole new community - and take responsibility for it. The willingness to be part of a movement that would have a life of its own – and to sacrifice everything they had for it.

The Tempests

The Tempests

Is there something you need to let go of, in order to follow what matters most?

Are you taking responsibility for something that isn’t really yours to hold? Is there a relationship you have held onto out of loyalty, habit, or pressure? Or is there part of yourself you need to let go of, let die?Some assumption about yourself, that’s no longer true? Some story you’ve been telling yourself, that no longer serves you? Some label that’s stuck, that it’s time to throw away?Is there a new identity that’s calling you? And what will it require of you?