Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reflection and Renewal: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)


We seem to struggle with the same things over and over again.  For some of us, it's brokenness and failure, and we think that keeps us from being able to connect with you.

For some of us, it's judgmentalism and lacking spiritual humility that keeps us from being honest about not having it all together.

We're grateful that you strive for connection with us despite the things that we put in the way. It’s thanks to who you are and what you do that we can connect with you.

You took human form and lived among us to bridge the gap between us and to show us how to follow your way of life. And even though we often have our attention fixed on how bad we think we are or how great we think are, your Spirit is continually making itself visible all around us.

Help us to be both honest about our failures and to not disqualify ourselves because of them ... so that we can relate to you and connect with you.