Where Are My Keys?

I give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
From Matthew 16:19

I’m sure it was quite a surprise to Peter that he was chosen to lead the first Christian community. Peter had no idea of what being given the keys to the kingdom entailed. Still, Jesus entrusted him with this responsibility. Though Peter was thick-headed and cowardly at times, in the end, Peter allowed his heart to direct him. He is the one who first said aloud what the other disciples feared to whisper even to themselves. In the end, after Jesus was crucified and risen, it is Peter who led the disciples to share the good news of God’s love for us with the world.

As a child, I told myself that I would have been much different from the disciples if I had walked with Jesus. I couldn’t understand how anyone could question a thing Jesus said or did. Today, I know better. In spite of the numerous and generous ways in which God has been revealed to me, I question and worry and despair with the best of them. For us humans, I guess seeing is believing.

The problem is that we fail to see. The treasure lying before our eyes and within our hearts is invaluable. Nonetheless. we fail to see what God has given us. Still, God entrusts us with the keys of the kingdom as well. Like Peter, we’re invited to follow our hearts and to reveal God’s love in all that we say and do. Like Peter, our imperfections aren’t meant to keep us from the good we can do. Today, this seems more important than ever.

Trusting God, you have made us the caretakers of your word and works. You’ve given us the keys to your kingdom. Help us never to misplace them and to always use them well.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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All God’s Messengers

I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
From Matthew 16:19

At church, we’ll celebrate the Easter Season for nine more days. I laughed as I typed “At church” because I don’t feel that I’ve celebrated Easter more than a day or two afterward. Easter seems so long ago. Perhaps in an effort to alleviate my own guilt, I considered the plight of Peter and the rest during those early days after Jesus’ resurrection. Though they’d seen Jesus since, they continued to huddle in hiding for weeks afterward. They remained frightened and confused at best. The truth is that I find this quite consoling these days.

Jesus’ uncertain band of followers was assembled one by one. Each was chosen by name. Peter had no idea of what being given the keys to the kingdom entailed, yet Jesus entrusted them to him. Jesus entrusted each one of his friends with his news regarding God’s love and the wonder God has in store for us when our journeys on this earth are complete.

When I was a child and realized the disciples’ uncertainty, I told myself often that I would’ve been much different if I had walked with Jesus. I couldn’t understand how anyone would’ve questioned a thing Jesus said or did. Of course, I eventually realized that I am no better than Peter and the rest. In spite of the numerous ways I’ve experienced God throughout my life, I question and worry and despair just as the disciples did. Still, God’s message of love and hope rests in my hands.

Trusting God, you have made me a caretaker of your message and your love. Give me the courage to share both honestly and generously.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

God’s Keys

I give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
From Matthew 16:19

I’m sure it was quite a surprise to Peter that he was chosen to lead the first Christian community. Peter had no idea of what being given the keys to the kingdom entailed. Still, Jesus entrusted him with this responsibility. Though Peter was thick-headed and a coward at times, in the end, Peter allowed his heart to direct him. He is the one who first said aloud what the other disciples feared to whisper even to themselves. In the end, after Jesus was crucified and risen, it is Peter who led the disciples to share the good news of God’s love for us with the world.

As a child, I told myself that I would have been much different from the disciples if I had walked with Jesus. I couldn’t understand how anyone could question a thing Jesus said or did. Today, I know better. In spite of the numerous and generous ways in which God has been revealed to me, I question and worry and despair with the best of them. For us humans, I guess seeing is believing.

The problem is that we fail to see the treasure lying before our eyes and within our hearts. Still, God entrusts us with the keys of the kingdom as well. Like Peter, we’re invited to follow our hearts and to reveal God’s love in all that we say and do. Today, this seems more important than ever.

Trusting God, you have made us the caretakers of your word and works. Help us to share these gifts generously.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Be Like Peter

I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
From Matthew 16:19

I find it consoling that Peter was the one chosen to lead the first Christian community. Though Peter had no idea of what being given the keys to the kingdom entailed, Jesus entrusted him with this responsibility just the same. Though Peter’s thick-headedness and cowardice brought a good deal of trouble his way, Peter allowed his heart to direct him when the chips were down. He is the one who first said aloud what the other disciples feared to whisper even to themselves. In the end, after Jesus was crucified and risen, it is Peter who led the disciples to share all that they had learned with the world.

As a child, I told myself often that I would have been much different from the disciples if I had walked with Jesus. I could not understand how anyone would have questioned a thing Jesus said or did. Today, I know better. In spite of the numerous and generous ways in which God has been revealed to me day in and day out, I question and worry and despair with the best of them. For us humans, I guess seeing is believing. The problem is that we fail to see the treasure lying before our eyes. Still, God entrusts us with the keys of the Kingdom of heaven just the same. It is up to us to be like Peter and to follow our hearts in revealing just what this means to us in all that we say and do.

Trusting God, you have made us the caretakers of your word and works. Give us the courage, wisdom and love to share these gifts honestly and generously.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Keepers of The Keys

I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
From Matthew 16:19

I find it consoling that Peter was the one chosen to lead the first Christian community. Though Peter had no idea of what being given the keys to the Kingdom entailed, Jesus entrusted him with this responsibility just the same. Though Peter’s thick-headedness and cowardice brought a good deal of trouble his way, Peter allowed his heart to direct him when the chips were down. He is the one who first said aloud what the other disciples feared to whisper even to themselves. In the end, after Jesus was crucified and risen, it is Peter who led the disciples to share all that they had learned with the world.

As a child, I told myself often that I would have been much different from the disciples if I had walked with Jesus. I could not understand how anyone would have questioned a thing Jesus said or did. Today, I know better. In spite of the numerous and generous ways in which God has been revealed to me day in and day out, I question and worry and despair with the best of them. For us humans, I guess seeing is believing. The problem is that we fail to see the treasure lying before our eyes. Still, God entrusts us with the keys of the Kingdom of heaven just the same. It is up to us to be like Peter and to follow our hearts in revealing just what this means to us in all that we say and do.

Trusting God, you have made us the caretakers of your word and works. Give us the courage, wisdom and love to share these gifts honestly and generously.

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved