Reflection: The Rev. Valerie Balling, Rector St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction, NJ The metaphors of birthing and birth pains are apt for church leaders who expend so much energy coaching others toward a closer relationship with God. It often feels like a struggle, but one worth all the efforts. And yet Paul takes this one step further by reminding us that it is the Holy Spirit that is doing all the work. We need to give up our desire for control and allow the Spirit to work, move, and be. It is actually transformative to let go and trust that the Spirit will do the work if we let her, birthing in us and others exactly what we need.
Reflection: The Rev. Ollie Rencher Rector, Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN Board of Directors, The Gathering of Leaders The baptismal call to navigate this world and other human beings, our companion images of God, in the love, light, and hope of Jesus is no small charge. This daily invitation presents countless opportunities and lifechanging choices to move deeper into the way of Jesus and to make him known. Whenever we bless, rejoice, weep, serve, and seek both equity and peace with another, we faithfully are practicing Christian goodness. In all things and with God’s help, let us choose goodness in the name of Jesus.