The ministry of the church – the mission that God has given to the church – is meant to be a continuation of the “ministry of the Son, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the church and world.”
Close your eyes and imagine God turning towards you. What do you see? What might God see?
In so far as our lives are built around avoiding other people’s pain, we will not see miracles.
Peter has been around long enough to know what it means to love Jesus. It involves abiding in, remaining in his love.
We need to regularly preach these stories (and others) to remind our congregations that the most important qualification for leading God’s people is not a Y-chromosome, but a faithful heart.
If we could love ourselves with compassion and have self-awareness of our needs and suffering, we would be able to relate to others and treat them in the way we would like to be treated.