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Here you will find weekly blog posts about disability, chronic illness, theology, the Church and more so if those topics interest you, be sure to check back here for more posts soon!

Opening Up and Being Vulnerable

I have felt that I should share this blog post with you for a while now but have been unsure what to say exactly and how to say it. After a weekend of deep thinking and conversation, I knew that today would be the day but I am still nervous because I know I need to  make myself vulnerable at an emotional and spiritual level. Unfortunately, many people still view vulnerability as weakness. I believe this not to be the case so I am going to share what has been going on in my life and the impact that has had, and will have, on YouBelong with you now.

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Unleashed!

When I think of the word 'Unleashed' which is the topic of Spring Harvest this week (check out the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SpringHarvest), I think of when we used to take the puppies out for walks. They were fairly good at walking nicely on the lead but as soon as they saw an open grass area or a field, they pulled toward it, desperate to get off the lead and investigate it. As soon as we unleashed them, they were off like a bullet!

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Praise to Hatred, Celebration to Resentment.

Jesus was perfect, and for a moment, the people recognised that. They knew He was the one who could save them, and He was worthy of praise because He is the Son of God. However, the waving palm leaves turned to thorns and flogging, the praise turned to shouts of anger and hatred and the cries of 'Hosanna!' changed to 'Crucify him!'.

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So, what is Church?

Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us to 'consider how to stir up one another to love and do good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing nearer.' Our understanding of 'meet together' has been made to be physically together but this does not have to be the case. Meeting together is good for us, we are not meant to be alone, but today, we can be physically alone yet be deeply connected to so many others around the world.

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True Generosity

'Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’ – Matthew 6:1-4

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