Message from Linda
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Message from Linda

 

Reaching Out

 

In the Old Testament we remember God’s voice is heard in the thunder and seen in the lightning over Sinai. God speaks to us through the burning bush and through the voices of God’s prophets. We remember God’s gentle whisper that tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

John, in the beginning of his first letter, tells us about Jesus this way: “We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life--this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us--we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” God with us.

The metaphor that Paul frequently uses for who we are in Christ is that we are sisters and brothers. Jesus has said that anyone who hears God’s word and follows it is his sister, or brother. Jesus’ vision of community was that of family, and the invitation that is ever before us with Christ is the invitation to relationship--relationship with one another as much as with him and with the God who created us. Jesus’ invitation is to live as one family in relationship with and caring for each other.

John Powell tells of a statue of Jesus that was discovered after World War II in the shell of a bombed-out church in Germany. The figure of Jesus was portrayed in this statue as reaching out to the world, but with all the destruction caused by the bombing, the hands were broken off. For a long time afterward, the statue without hands stood untouched. There was a sign placed on the outstretched arms: “He has no hands but your hands.” Each one of us as the church is a member of his body. We are called to continue the work of Jesus, and to loving this troubled world into new life.

There have been so many times when I have gone to visit someone in the hospital that I have found one of you already there--bringing the love of Christ. Whenever you write a card to a friend or reach out to a neighbor, you are making love visible. As a community of faith, we never know who we touch with our smiles, whose conflicts we help resolve and whose loneliness is dissolved because of our friendship. God’s spirit heals in ways we may never know. In all the journeys we take and all the adventures we experience, may we never forget that the spirit of our doing is what preserves our peace.

Listening to God is an ongoing experience. It is being aware of God’s continual presence in our lives and becoming aware of all the ways in which God is calling us to reach out to others in our families, in our communities and in our world. Paul calls it walking in the Spirit.

 

Blessings and peace,

Linda Bailey, Associate Pastor

 

Last Published: September 13, 2019 2:02 PM
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