The world is an uncertain place. The threat of violence, whether in word or action, seems to loom closer than ever. Nations seem more prepared to engage one another in exercises of war than in dialogues toward peace. Being right seems to be more important today than being kind. At times, there seems to be far too much investment in pointing out what makes us different from one another rather than embracing the miracle of what makes us more alike than we care to imagine!
My prayer for each of us this Easter Season is that we find more ways to tell the story of who we are and whose we are; that we find more ways to be and become the Beloved Community to which we are called by God and in which it is more important to respect the dignity of every human being rather than to be right; and, that we find more ways to be the Jesus Movement not only in our church but in this world which so desperately needs to know the loving, liberating and life-giving message of the cross and the empty tomb.
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in [you] that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21