Scripture Reading

As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
Mark 13:1-8

Grace Calling

In this space of Grace, you have the opportunity to be real real –real with God and real with ourselves. Be fully honest.  Examine yourself. Examine your fears, your hates, your doubts, your biases, and your worries. Some of you come exhausted, frayed, and frail. Some of you come suffering, hurting, and weeping. Some of you come numb, senseless, and expressionless.  Bring it all before the One who already knows you fully and welcomes you anyway. Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, we are frail. We are weak. We find ourselves spent trying to frantically keep up our image, reputations, looks, prestige, and position. We discover our own judgments, fears, and biases coming back to haunt us. Set us free, O God, from the façades we create for ourselves and the unfair expectations we place on others. Thank you for forgiving us and freeing us so that we have the opportunity to become something more by discarding all that entangles us, all that we think we must be, and to just be the creatures we were created to be.  Thank you for forgiving us and surrounding us with the love of Jesus Christ.