As rigorous debates surround the ethics and oversight of foreign assistance endeavors, one of the more innovative contributions to this important conversation was produced by South Africa's renowned theologian, the late Steve de Gruchy.
God loves all the processes of creation, including climatic processes, as well as all creatures, living and nonliving. If we love God, we should too. The state of the world should give us great pause if we claim to love God.
Thank Him for the people you've helped. And ask that those acts of service you've done to make other's lives a little brighter reflect back on you and bring you peace and grace. Then, feel the wonders and the difference inside yourself this Christmas.
As the family gathered to feast and celebrate this Christmas, my 7-year-old granddaughter carefully moved every animal and character until she was satisfied with the scene. Then she asked a serious question."Did the shepherds laugh?"
One Sunday morning last spring I sat in that field. Sunday -- a day of Sabbath and rest and time set aside to meet in fellowship and community with the body of Christ and with our Creator. It is such an incredible privilege to work and spend time in that holy place.
Advent reminds us we once welcomed Jesus home to earth, and it didn't go so well. Humanity messed up. We're still messing up. To become human is to risk two things: to risk being inhumane to others, or to risk being treated inhumanely.