Advent is a gift, time set aside to recall all the ways our lives intersect with God’s good news. A new path emerges from the ruts. Hope and springs forth through the rocks. God is with us in the wilderness of our lives.
Gratitude bursts alive when the single one goes back to thank Jesus for new life, Cured of leprosy, cleansed and renewed. Are we able to recognize this type of gratitude in our lives? Gratitude and love of God has the full power to dictate how we live each day.
Jesus draws our attention to the widow, on the steps of the temple. She offers all she has to God. Have you ever thought about why she has done this? Could it be simply dwelling in the house of God is her greatest pleasure?
Often we consider our value in monetary ways. To be made whole, worth is so much more. This sermon considers the Cycle of Blessings and the currencies of Relationship, Truth, Wellness, Leadership, Time and Place and Money.