In Jesus’ discussion with a legal expert in Luke 10:27, we hear what God wants from us; “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27, Common English Bible-CEB) Love your neighbor as yourself. Hmmm, just who is he referring to—my extended family, the people who live nearby, people who look like me and act like me? The legal expert wanted that clarified and asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Last Wednesday, Rev. Nancy Cushman shared a devotional video for the Desert Southwest Conference weekly Moment of Spiritual Support in Challenging Times! If you have not have an opportunity we invite you to view her devotion. The direct link to
The month of May holds a couple of national holidays, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. It also ends with an important feast day in the church, Pentecost. Pentecost celebrates the story found in Acts 2:1-13.
It was still the very first Easter day. “That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors … Jesus came and stood among them. He said, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19) I experience this story of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples differently this year.
For our Jewish spiritual ancestors, the Exodus story of God delivering the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt was their defining story. For us, Christians, the story of Jesus remembered and observed during Holy Week and Easter is our defining story.