Monday, July 24 - Sisters, Enough

This week’s devotional is all about what we want but don’t have. As we look at the story of Rachel and Leah (primarily Genesis 29 -30) see if there is anything in their story that you can relate to, especially when it comes to the way culture shapes our expectations and self-image.

When we look at the story of these two women, what parallels can you make to your own striving for more? How do you feel not enough? Pay attention to your own thoughts and emotions this week, and see if anything comes up for you.

Week of July 16th - Promises Kept (Sarah)

Genesis 12-13; 15-18; 20-21

 

Have you ever felt forgotten by God? Does God renege on promises? Is it possible that, as we go through life, we miss God’s work in our lives because we are focused on the stuff we’re not getting?

 

This week, we’re going to look closely at the story of Sarah, mother of the Hebrew faith, wife to Abraham, mother of Isaac, and woman of God. We’ll examine this idea of promises delayed and promises fulfilled. And we’ll remember Sarah for who she was — a woman who was betrayed by her own husband more than once, who felt forgotten, and who made mistakes, but a woman for whom God showed up anyway.

Friday, July 14th, 2017 Redeeming Eve

The consequence of doubt is separation — from each other, from the earth, from God. When God discovered the serpent’s seduction of humankind, pain, struggle, and shame entered the human condition where ease, abundance, and relationship once reigned. Suddenly, in our false sense of shame, we feel the need to hide and work in subterfuge, cowering in the bushes when God walks by, ready for communion with us

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 Redeeming Eve

We have already seen, earlier this week, that God is reflected in humankind — that we are created godlike. I don’t believe this is a cause for false pride; rather, I believe this is a matter of self-worth. When we believe we are god-like, we sense an awe and wonder in life itself. When we believe others are god-like, we comprehend their worth and their value, even when they disagree with us. Understanding the god-likeness of humanity is a foundational to peace on earth.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Redeeming Eve

When God brought forth the entity known as Woman — Eve — the man claimed her immediately. The male perspective, from this beginning of time, was one of ownership. “Finally!” claims the man in 2:23-25. “Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh!” (emphasis mine). “Name her Woman, for she was made from Man!”

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 Redeeming Eve

Scripture tells us that God looked at all that had been created and called it good. Our God-likeness, our humanity, the birds of the air and the fish in the sea — it is all good.  

Does that good still exist, even after sin entered the world? Can good not exist? Where does your attention focus — on the good, or on the fruit of sin? 

Monday, July 10th, 2017 Redeeming Eve

God made humans — both of us, male and female — godlike. Like God. Scripture teaches us that each of us are reflections of the Creator. The Message version says, in 1:26-28: Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle and yes, Earth itself. God created human beings; he created them Godlike.” 

Week of July 9th, 2017 - Redeeming Eve Intro

Let’s start at the beginning, when God created Adam (humans) in their image, both male and female. Let’s begin with this strange idea of one human that encompasses both male and female, reflecting the complete beauty of God incompletely, who both encompasses and transcends gender. And let’s examine that original sin — the separation of humans from the divine, this chasm of otherness, of being pulled apart. For the result of all sin is separation: humans are separated from God, humans are separated from each other, humans are separated from the earth’s bounty. Our separation recognizes our differences. Our differences cause discord. Our discord causes war, which causes death and destruction.