John 10.10 (RSV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
I was struck this week when author Sara Miles defined abundant life as more life. Couple that with my thought that abundancy has little to do with enough to share and more to do with the willingness to share what you’ve got. So the combination of more life and the willingness to share it comes with its own peculiar set of challenges.
Sara goes on with a caution that with more life comes more risk. With more life comes more sorrow as well as more joy. Unreservedly, we are invited to share and avail ourselves to one another. It means that we take the life of Jesus genuinely into our lives as we willingly share it with one another allowing for both joy and pain. We are in essence trusting that God is doing a good work within us, through us, and with one another.
As we open ourselves to what God is doing, we open ourselves to the possibility that we might be changed in the process. The compelling love of God, who always pursues us, just might have us living more Christ-like, more kingdom-of-God-like in different and surprising ways. It takes some doing, but this faith is an adventure that I am grateful we share together!
Sunday our theme is “Feasting on Promises.” What promises of our abundant life of faith inspire you? I can’t wait to hear about them…
Grace and peace,
*To learn more about Sara Miles and her work please visit per website: http://saramiles.net/
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