do Justice

Unknown          What does the Lord ask of you, but to do justice, to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
—Micah 6.8

Somewhere, nearer to you than you think,
is a man on the street who does not want special favor;
he only wants to do justice, to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with his God.

Somewhere, nearer to you than you think,
are refugees who do not want special favor;
they only want to be able to contribute,
to receive kindness, and to be faithful to their God.

Somewhere, nearer to you than you think,
is a girl who has been trafficked and abused,
who does not want special favor;
she only wants to know her own worth, and her loveliness,
and her partnership with God.

And what does God want of us
for the sake of these God’s beloved?
What can we do for their sake but to do justice
that will be more bold that we have yet thought,
to love kindness that will be a little more challenging,
to walk more humbly than we expected, for their sake;

… for this is what is asked by the Lord.

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The Spirit Intercedes….

 

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You who pray, take heart. You don’t have to heave your prayer over a wall, an abyss of distance between you and the Holy One. Your prayer need not be enhanced to be noticed or embellished to be worthy.

The God at the far reaches of the universe is also within. The Holy Presence will never fail you or abandon you.

“We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs to deep for words.” We do not pray to God: God prays in us. We merely hold the space.

We do not know how to give as we ought but the Spirit gives us gifts too deep for words. We do not know how to forgive, but the Spirit intercedes with blessed surrenderings. We do not know how to grieve, but the Spirit cries in us with tears too deep for words. We do not know how to wonder, to lament, to bless, to trust, to heal, to dare, to thank. But the Spirit intercedes.

We do not know how to live as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with lives too deep for words.

To every day, to every moment, to each breath and every heartbeat we say, Amen.

Body & Blood

 

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Jesus Christ

is not the answer to

all our great questions,

because in that case

we are the ones who raise all of the questions,

and in so doing we begin the attempt

to draw Jesus

into the manipulative circle of our control.

      Jesus is the Lord,

and that is a far larger matter.

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Only when you sit still

         Have you not known? Have you not heard?

         The LORD is the everlasting God,

                  the Creator of the ends of the earth.

         He does not faint or grow weary;

                  his understanding is unsearchable.

         He gives power to the faint,

                  and strengthens the powerless.

         Even youths will faint and be weary,

                  and the young will fall exhausted;

         but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,

                  they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

         they shall run and not be weary,

                  they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

 

Only when you sit still can you feel the updraft;

 

even atop a mountain, after a long hard climb

 

only when you stop to soak it in (the aches, the foot sore, the sweat)

 

only when you pause

 

do you take in the message

 

waiting for you

 

of continued hope and promise

 

beyond now-

 

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Lost

 Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.                — Luke 15.4-7

 

You are not bad, or even entirely at fault.

You are just lost.

There is nothing you can do.

God is neither scolding nor demanding anything of you;

only coming toward you, seeking, finding, reaching, cradling.

 

Do you think you are hidden from the Loving One?

What is it in your life that you think hides you from God?

What if you came to see that all along, even in your fleeing, you were seeking?

 

Your shepherd knows where to look,

and probes the distant places, the rough and hurtful places.

He will plunge through the darkness and come straight to you as if on a path. For this wilderness where he seeks you is not a foreign place,

but your own heart. Stay still, and he will come.

 

Every word we speak is the bleat of a lamb in the wilderness.

 

Good Shepherd - Daniel Bonnell site

Trinity Sunday

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           The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

— 2 Corinthians 13.13

‘You belong to Christ.

I belong to Christ.

We belong to each other.’

 

 

Preparing for Pentecost

 

Pente worship

 

Even more miraculous

than understanding someone

speaking

another language

you do not know

 

is understanding

someone

with whom you disagree.

 

those gathered     at Pentecost

from many lands spoke as one;

understanding,

as in their own language

the words of strangers, rivals, old enemies…

 

They were not filled with wine

merely imagining this.

 

Ears were truly opened; hearts and minds, too.

 

Amazing, too, was, diverse as they were,

they acted in harmony,

sharing the Word with the World,

 

renewed with purpose, vision, and a knack

for hearing through the babble of differences

for the love of God.

 

There is still some of that Spirit left for us to share…

It comes through Jesus, who comes to us…

 

Acts 21 (selected verses)

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability…

   Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? …

   All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, … this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”