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Tag: Matthew 25

Daily Practice for December 19, 2016

Daily Practice for December 19, 2016

Word:  I joined the world this weekend and went to see Rogue One. It is the part of the Star Wars story that tells us what happened the week before the very first movie came out in 1977: Star Wars, a New Hope. I'm going to say that Star Wars may define my generation. The quote to come out of Rogue One is, "Rebellions are built on hope." Queue Syria. Bana Alabed, a seven-year-old who, with her mother, has been tweeting (@alabedbana) from East Aleppo was evacuated yesterday and is with IHH Humanitarian Relief. They also rescued 41 orphans and other families. About 3,000 people were rescued last night. That is hope. ***Spoiler Alert*** In my estimation, we are about to turn a corner into a time where we will need rebellion. The unfortunate truth is that it may require the sacrifi...

The Center

Poetry, Spirituality
darkened by time and neglect the edges are murky, dingy, dirty. the center where many hands have touched, wiped, polished with each entry into the inner sanctum shines. But. the margins long for a loving touch a beautiful caress being seen as the filigree that swoops and swirls reaching for the center always held back by the guardian of the door of righteousness. And. you are seen. wind whistles through the keyhole calling the center to reach outward gathering the beloved in her arms and opening doors. Not to enter. To exit. In response to a Poetry Party writing prompt: "This photo is of one of the doors to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I love this found mandala, because for me, I could see the clear boundary of the center where the knocker for the door was and where you request entr...

I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

Christianity, Religion, Spirituality, Theology
Today's text, from Matthew 25:31 onward, reminds us that when we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the incarcerated and sick, and take care of the stranger, we are serving Christ. It goes further to suggest that nations will be separated in judgment by how they embody these actions. When I see what is happening today, pitting police against student or worker or the vulnerable, I am deeply saddened. This is not the vision of shalom that Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected for. It tears my heart to see police faceless behind mirrored glasses spraying students who are faceless with heads tucked into jackets. This is NOT what OCCUPY is about. OCCUPY is about how we, as a nation, as a people, have lost track of the hungry, thirsty, sick, and stranger. How we have let our nat...