Here we are again. Telling this age-old story that brings us so much happiness. Shouting with joy “Christ is Risen!” and reveling in the fact that God is here, here where we gather to offer praise and prayer, here where
Morning has broken yet again. Another day, another dawn. It’s a moment that many of us so often overlook, that we take for granted.
This whole scene underscores Jesus’ humility and his mission to serve – as opposed to being served. It is a notable act of humility for the disciples, one that foreshadows Jesus’ ultimate act of humility, service, and sacrifice – his death upon the cross.
“The Spirit that inspires us needs to become incarnate with us so that we can work in tandem with God to create the world that our Creator has always intended for us: a world where we are not indifferent to the suffering of others; where no one is ineligible for the necessities of life; where inaccessible health care is unimaginable; where laws that treat the rich and the poor inconsistently are indefensible; where we know that it is inhuman to be inhospitable to strangers and sojourners in need, where the ineffective tools of war are put away forever; and that, no matter how inconvenient it seems we must admit that the ways we do or do not care for all of God’s creation are not inconsequential.”
Our bones are dry, our hope is gone, and we are doomed. How long O Lord?
“There is no denying that there are many different voices claiming to speak for God in our world today. In our own country there are conflicting claims about the call of Christ. Politicians, preachers, leaders, and cable news talking heads all claim the label Christian even when the messages they relay are vastly different.”
A meditation for Sudbury’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – “We’re all special but we’re not all the same. And that’s a good thing. Our world will become a better place when we recognize that our diversity is what makes our world wonderful. Our world will become a better place when we unite our minds and hearts and hands to work towards peace. When we bind together in community, risking embarrassment by expressing a radical love to others, risking rejection by offering an extravagant welcome to everyone we encounter and daring to remember that, no matter our differences, we are all neighbors.”
“We’ve been told the three steps to success. They may not be as easy as we’d like, but they are goal for which we can strive. For the long race ahead, in all that we do, may we do justice, love kindness, and humbly walk with our God.”
“When our still speaking God said ‘let justice flow like a river, and righteousness flow like an unfailing stream,’ They weren’t talking about the justice that comes from a bullet or the false righteousness of empty thoughts and prayers. God calls us to action. God pleads for us to do better; to hold our leaders accountable, to stand up for laws that protect all of God’s children, to beat our swords into plows.”
Elijah is scared. Running for his life, he feels abandoned and all alone in his desire to make things right. He makes his escape from vengeful rulers and heads into the wilderness. There, he sits under a tree, alone and afraid: “Hello darkness my old friend….”