Rev. Karen Chakoian

Signs and Mystery

Signs and Mystery

It’s safer that way, isn’t it? To just ignore these little signs from God, the things that  come in ordinary things, like stars, or a baby’s sighs, or a wind, blowing through our midst… The words someone says, the news, that person we don’t really want to notice, the gnawing or stirring in our own heart.

We don’t have to respond. We really don’t. It is a choice, whether to go and worship, or stay secure in our chairs, solving puzzles. But be aware, the moment will pass…

This Vulnerable God-who-saves

This Vulnerable God-who-saves

This story invites us to go deeper than magic, into true mystery, the mystery of the Word-made-flesh. The astonishing realization that God would come into this world, not only into the beautiful loving places, the family hearth and home where all seems right with the world, but into the truly broken. God comes not only into homes where babies are safe and warm, but into the most broken and terrifying places imaginable. This God  will do anything to save us. Jesus comes to this earth, this world, our world, to face even death, to give us life. This is the story of Christmas. This is the story of a God who saves.

Where Wisdom Leads

Where Wisdom Leads

Jesus came into a world filled with tensions – between those who seek wisdom, and those who would cling to power; between those who are willing to risk, and those who will not venture out; between those willing to humble themselves, and give what they have, and those who cannot.

Matthew sets up this tension – and then invites us… to follow the magi, who follow the star, who follow a Savior sent for the world. 

The Messy Lineage of Jesus

The Messy Lineage of Jesus

See, this life of faith we lead is not about purity. Following Jesus is not about pretending everything is clean and tidy and neat. This is about how our stories are changed because of his story. And we start to see our own stories in the light of God’s goodness and grace, God’s transforming love that takes it all in.

I don’t know what your story is – your lineage, your family, your past. All I know is this: there is a place for you in the family of God. All the messiness and beauty and weakness and strength – all of it. God is redeeming it all.

When You Can’t Know What Comes Next…

When You Can’t Know What Comes Next…

Our identities were formed in the waters of a fast-moving river beyond our own choosing or creating. And when we leave this world, the river still moves on. Maybe, like Moses, we’ll look toward the future and realize it’s out of our hands; and we’ll hope and pray that the ones we leave behind will be ok. There will come a time for letting go. Letting go. The next chapter won’t be ours to write. It belongs to someone else.

And we can’t know how it will turn out.