“Lord, if is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to Jesus of his departure. … Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory…
If ever there was a Biblical warrant for universal salvation, [the parable of the yeast] and the parable of the mustard seed is it: the whole lump of creation transformed, a tree big enough for every bird.
“Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.”
“But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundred, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
“Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me . . . truly I tell you, [no one who welcomes you] will lose their reward.”
“A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.”
God told Moses, “You shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples . . . you shall be for me a priestly kingdom.”
We have just returned from my husband’s nephew’s wedding in Moab, Utah. I confess, I was not particularly interested in making a trip to Moab, Utah...