Fasting has been called a ‘disciplined abstinence!’ The words ‘discipline’ and ‘abstinence’ don’t typically inspire most people! Freedom and indulgence seem to be words that better captivate our imagination; yet these former words are the precursor to a disappointing life. Saying “no” to ourselves is actually really good for us!
I’ve always felt badly for Thomas. He is the disciple of Jesus whose claim to fame was his inability to believe the report of the other disciples. He said; “unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it (John 20:25b).
With only 43 days to go until Christmas, the signs and scents of the Season are emerging—songs on the radio, decorations in stores…and including my favourite—seasonal Christmas drinks. These things can stir excitement and anticipation for the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, but as we near the Christmas Season, we can be easily distracted and miss the point of the celebration.
All of us have observed apologies that just didn’t make the cut! They started out well but ended up feeling more like explanations for why a person feels right or justified. The worst apologies are the ones that quickly get off the rails and turn to blame…not self-blame…but blaming everything and everyone for wrongdoing but themselves. “I’m sorry” are two of the hardest words to say, they seem to be missing from our vocabulary!
The issue that many are wrestling with is not about cannabis for medicinal use, but for recreational use, and the impairment qualities of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that accompany it. Some have compared it to the consumption of alcohol and since Jesus himself provided wine in John chapter 2—that Jesus would by all means endorse recreational cannabis use as well.