Sunday Thoughts | Aug 11th

SummerColors | Blue

She put her water jar down. Suddenly everything was different. She had gone out to the well in the middle of the day with her head held low. She didn’t want to see the looks the villagers gave her. Alone, carrying her life, her shame and everything that hadn’t turned out how she had dreamt it should. But now, now she had met him. He that saw right through it all and with kind words told her the truth. His words had set her free. They showed her a love so different from what she had ever experienced before.

He had asked for a drink from her water jar, even though he was a man and she was a woman, even though he was a jew and she a samaritan. It was not how things should be. She had tried to look the other way as she approached the well, but now she found herself deep in talk with him.

His word touched her. Who was he?

She put her water jar down and went back into the village. For once she dared to look the others in their eyes, she had so much to tell them. She had to tell them about him that change her life only moments before. No one had talked like him. For the first time in ages she felt loved for whom she really was, with all her wounds and scars. She shouted it out as soon as she came into the gate. They looked at her and saw how changed she was. Together they went out to the well.

Her words had moved them. Could he be the Messiah?

She put her water jar down and the whole village got to meet him. He said he could give living water. That he could quench their thirst. They asked him to stay for a while, they wanted to talk with him and listen to him. His words changed them too.

They looked at the woman with loving eyes now. Understanding that they did wrong in judging her, seeing that they too had things to answer for in their own lives.

She walked with the other women to the well in the mornings now. His words about the living water had set them free. They believed he was sent from God. His name was Jesus.

………………………………….  read more in John chapter 4 ………………………………..

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Sunday Thought | Acts 8:26-39

Do you believe, with your whole heart?

Found heart

It was only hours before he had sat there in his carrier not understanding the meaning of the words he read. He most have said it out loud for suddenly there was another man standing beside him asking him: “Do you understand what you read?”. It was Fillip, one of Jesus’ disciples, and as the man went ahead with his journey Fillip came with him and helped him to see how the prophecy came true in Jesus. How Jesus gave his life so others could live, how he was resurrected so we could have a hope for a future beyond this life. 

His whole life got different then and there. Now he understood so much more of what he had read. Now he also understood that he needed Jesus more than he ever had needed someone else, being a man of power as he was. When he saw the water stream ahead he tuned to Fillip asking for help to get baptized.

Do you believe with you whole heart? Fillip answered. And together they went down to the shore and the man got baptized then and there. Changing his life forever.

heart cloud

This week I will live, believe and pray with my whole heart too. Opening up for good things to happen. Living the length and the width of my life. Hope you’ll join me!

Just me.

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Sunday Thought | Mark 6:30-44

You might have heard the story a million times. You might been so used to thinking of how Jesus took 2 fishes and 5 breads to feed the thousands – that you don’t recognizes how impressive that is. Or maybe you don’t think it is possible and are getting frustrated with the story all together. I don’t know. I really don’t. All I know is that today we are stopping by the story in church (at least here in the Lutheran church of Norway). And here are a few thoughts of mine about it:

summer vacation 2012 | he got fish

It’s one of the stories that challenges many of us because it’s breaking the rules. The rules of nature as we all have come to know them. Some believe that the biggest wonder of this day is that people reached for their own food and started sharing it with others. And that is a big deal, no questions, we should do that more often; sharing what we’ve been given with others. But, I’m not sure if that is how the story went, how strange it may seem. Because I think that a God that have created this wonderful world of ours and that resurrected Christ on the third day – for sure – can feed everyone with the smallest amount of resources.

slices bread

I also believe that if we are willing to give our resources to the Lord, no matter how small they might seem. The good Lord can make it into something more, something that can bless the people we share this world with. That is big!

So don’t underestimate the small stuff – they are great things waiting to happen!!

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Uncertainty | Sunday Thought

A little while ago I sat down to watch Oprah’s interview with Brenè Brown on Super Soul Sunday (it’s in two episodes, by the way, free to watch here and here. You should!). It inspired me deeply. One of her words about faith stuck with me:

Faith minus vulnerability and mystery is extremism. Don’t call it faith if there’s no vulnerability and uncertainty. If you have all the answers don’t call what you do faith! (Dr. Brenè Brown. PHD, LMSW)

Today I was reminded about it again as I meet Thomas, he whom had such a struggle to believe the others joy of Christ’s resurrection. He just could not believe. He had not seen.

And then he met Jesus.

In my mind I was there with him today and saw how his world got turned up side down – in the best positive way – as he too dared to believe, dared to accept what he saw even though he did not understand how it all happened.

I have never seen like Thomas saw, still I believe partly because of him. I’m thankful to know that I’m not alone when I feel uncertain, but mostly I’m thankful for how he shows me that Jesus is someone to have faith in. Even when I don’t have all the answers. Maybe especially then.

PS: Read more in the bible, this Sunday from: Joh 20:24-31

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Joy | Easter Day

I’ve thought a lot about the feelings the biblical Easter stories holds this week. There is the simple, easy joy that is contagious, but isn’t deep as we meet it in the crowd on Palm Sunday. The wonder and worry as we read through the happenings on Maundy Thursday and the sorrow of Good Friday.

I’ve been thinking about Jesu’s friends and his followers, the closest few especially. How did they feel? How much did they understand of things as they happened? What would I have felt if I lived through the days together with them? (The easy answer to the last question: all the feelings possible, from good to bad – and back again! But, wow, what a week!)

open grave

Easter Day is a very special day. It’s the day that we celebrate the impossible. That Christ is risen. That hope is restored. Only, this day is not filled with the carefree joy from Palm Sunday. This is a joy that had a high price, a joy that is deep and founded in Gods love for us. For all of us. First told by the women visiting the grave, not expecting anything else but to do what tradition and love asked. Instead they met an empty tomb and an angel giving them the best message any human have ever been told to deliver: He is not here, he is risen from the death! No wonder they hurried back to the others, no wonder their voices filled with hope and joy as they told and retold.

Every day I felt a little bit of that joy. Today I remind my self to savor it, to recognize it, to appreciate it and to share it with others. Happy Easter, indeed!!

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To Serve | Maundy Thursday

A little Sunday Thought on a Thursday, as this Thursday is filled with stories. Stories that surprise, that heal and stories that splits. Here is one of them:

After teaching and healing by the temple for several days he gathered his friends together for the Easter meal. As they sat down to enjoy the feast he surprisingly took of his cape and filled a bucket with water. He knelt down beside the first one. He wanted to wash their feet. A dirty job usually deserved for the lowest low. What was their Master doing?!

As he continued to wash their feet he let them know – and feel – what love was. What love is. The water and the act of cleaning bound them together. He was not put here on earth to rule, but to serve. To give himself for others. To set us free.

Peter was the only one that dared to protest. He did not like to have his Master and Teacher kneeling down beside him with his bucket of water and towel in his belt ready to wash. No, Peter said, I can not let you do this. If I don’t do this we have nothing in common, Jesus answered, this act bind us together in compassion, in love and in faith.

Peter let Jesus wash his feet. Of course he did.

What would you have done?!

Washing feet (–> read John chapter 13 to learn more about Maundy Thursday)

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