“Go therefore,” and make an IMPACT in the name of Jesus Christ; transform the world!
Yes Lord. But how? We are weary of all the division and polarization that has us locked and paralyzed in a “dry and weary land where there is no water.” We find ourselves crying out with the prophet Jeremiah, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?” [Jeremiah 8:22]
What will break the impasses that increasingly polarize us? Where is the leadership that can lead us through this “dark night of the soul?” We are desperately looking for leaders who can change the world. Friends, when is the last time you’ve looked in the mirror? When is the last time you’ve sat at the feet of Jesus?
Because we have been water-washed and Spirit-born, the power of Christ flows through us, shaping us into what Raphael McManus calls an “unstoppable force.” We are called to be forces for hope, peace, love, and justice. We are each beloved children of God, equipped by the Holy Spirit with the capacity for compassion and clarity, even in the darkest of times.
It has been rightly said, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” God has never asked us to do anything where God’s grace will not be available or sufficient enough. I believe that somewhere within the human heart, God’s redeeming work in Jesus Christ is at work. God’s very spirit of love and transformative generosity is busy attempting to pump the blood of the fruit of the Spirit throughout the body of Christ: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, and forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Those sound so simple for the complicity of our world. How could anything so simple fix what is wrong with the world?
I think it may be due to the season of life that I find myself traveling through, but I just can’t shake Sue Monk Kidd’s description of what she calls “a spirit of availability.” What would it mean to be utterly available to God, to sit at the feet of Jesus with an undivided heart? What would it look like to practice mindful availability, with our hearts flung wide open, no agendas, tearing down the walls that divide us? What would it look like to open ourselves – mind, heart, and soul – to God’s will. Loving (agape) without reservation?
What if the way through has always been right in front of us and his name is Jesus…“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”? [Isaiah 9:6] It all sounds too simple. What if we sit at the feet of Jesus for a while, living in the silence, cutting down all the hate-filled rhetoric? What if, in the silence, we hear a Word spoken that we have been unable to hear because in the heat of our passions and agendas, our ears have been slow to listen, slow to hear? What if all we’ve been able to hear is our own voice, failing again to hear God calling in the garden?
“Be STILL and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10a]
Love not Hate,
(The message above was written before the Orlando shooting, the poem below was written in response to the act of terror.)
No More Tears
The tears we weep today run deep,
deeper than those running down tear stained cheeks.
Souls once again turn weak
at the sound of pain searching
for something that can sustain us in this cold sorrow
where the horror of bold hatred calls forth old fears we thought dead.
Voices no longer able to speak
silenced by the reek of evil
filled with passion enough to kill.
My tears continue to cry,
“God’s will be done on earth as it is heaven.”
Come quickly Lord Jesus
that Shalom will reign over these storms of terror
that rain upon us once again
Place your bow of promise
in the midst of this dark cloud
whispering, shouting, never again.
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