We think about Jesus' commendation of children and what we can learn from them. Sometimes it takes generations for things to change (as we see in Exodus and Numbers) but the unencumbered hopefulness of children and youth invite us to work with them to create the new future that God seeks, which requires that we all learn together (in spite of our different lived experiences).
We work from the book of Habakkuk to think about how God's ways are often mysterious to us. The mystery of the Trinity calls us to realize that God is a community, one God in three persons, and the universe is created out of an overflow of the love that God shares between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This grounds our respect and pursuit of justice and mercy in the deepest possible way.
David knew a God who kept aware of all of his tossings and his tears. We do well to know this same God.
We celebrate Women In Ministry Sunday by looking at the way Paul and Luke take time to mention by name the women who were involved in ministry, and see how we are all called, big names and unknowns, into a woven fabric of gratitude and service.
We think about how Jesus' values are the reverse of the world's: The parts of our community we consider weakest and easy to ignore may have the greatest contribution to make. Each part should be valued and experience mutual concern.