“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….”
Are we really ready to say “Here I am?”
“I feel like we’re wandering in the wilderness. Even though we’re surrounded by all the comforts of life, nothing feels comfortable. Nothing feels right . Nothing feels safe. Even though I’ve had more than enough of my share of food, I’m hungry: Hungry for God’s word, hungry for God’s love, hungry for God’s justice in a world that is hurting so badly.”
The struggle to understand God is the struggle to understand ourselves and the struggle to understand each other. Can we refer to God as “They?” Can we refer to a child of God as “they?”
“After Jacob wakes from his dream, he took the rock that was his pillow and ‘set it to become a pillar,’ a way to mark a holy place of God. We need to awaken from our false dream of what America is and who America is for. The work that we do can become a new foundation for a truly holy place. “
“Somehow, we have to discuss this disturbing tale of what appears to be divinely-ordained parental abuse at that same time that we are celebrating a child’s entry into a faith that is supposed to guide his steps towards peace and forgiveness.”
Last month, much of our country looked on together in wonder at the sight of the solar eclipse. This week, we watch together in horror at hurricanes and floods and fire. What is God calling us to do in this moment?