Through the sacraments, and through the ordinary events of daily life, human encounter with God spreads and fills creation.Read More
About the Blog
Each week, I will write about the Bible and what its ancient truths might have to say to us today. The Bible’s truths are not like those in a news article that reports the facts of the day; they are timeless truths about the human being in relationship to God. The stories of the Bible form a kind of template, or pattern, that, when studied with humility and reverence, reveal glimpses of the dynamics of the kingdom of God. For example, the story of the Exodus was read by blacks enslaved in the American South as proof that God intended them to live in freedom from bondage, in covenant relationship with God. The Christian church sees baptism as a type of Exodus that frees people from bondage to sin and death, in the new covenant of Jesus’ death and Resurrection.
Also like my book, the blog will follow the traditional seasons of the church year, as recorded in the liturgical calendar as shared by many Christian denominations. Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost: when lived consciously, each season illuminates different themes from the Bible, bringing us, through gentle repetition, into a rhythm of life that brings us closer and closer to God.
At the end of each blog post is a form that invites your written response. It is my wish to create a safe space for your reflection and wondering, in company with other women on the Way.
Responding to the resurrection of Jesus or to the presence of the risen Lord is a process, a growing, an integration, a moving toward wholeness. — Morton KelseyRead More
What is the voice in which the announcement of resurrection may be spoken, the experience in which resurrection can be perceived, though “in a glass darkly;” what is the way we can live out the reality – the promise – of our faith?Read More
The people of the early church expected Jesus to return in their lifetimes. Since they believed that their evil world would end soon, resurrection posed no dilemma for them. But when believers saw life go on far beyond the lives of the first disciples they had to ask: what is the reality of resurrection where nothing appears to have changed?Read More
Resurrection implies that there is something about Jesus’ being with God that is not like that of other righteous people who had the courage to die for their fellow human beings. Surely Martin Luther King and Ghandi behold the face of God today. So why Resurrection? Why isn’t it enough to say, “Christ died for our sins”?Read More
Holy Week forms us in ways that are only partially grasped with the intellect. The story of Jesus’ final days, death, and resurrection by-passes our attempts to evaluate, judge, or rationalize, going directly to our hearts and piercing our souls. We die with him so that we can live with him in newness of life.Read More
That there is no formula for holiness is both a relief and a challenge. How do I know what my life in Christ can be? We could decide that holiness is for saints and not for ordinary people like us. Yet deep inside remains a desire to be our best self, to accept Jesus’ call to be fully alive.Read More
In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus portrays a God who recognizes us as Her children and doesn’t want us to be treated like anything less! God welcomes us home with open arms, like the father in the parable. We are God’s children and She doesn’t expect us to be anything less than that.Read More
The Word, and only the Word, has the power to gather us, both communally–in relationship with each other–and personally, psychologically gathering us together within ourselves. Yet today many people, and especially children, are in exile from the Word of God.Read More
Deborah Rosales Nelson’s evocative meditations on the mystery of faith, expressed in poetry and fiber art, search for the heart of faith.Read More