December 6, Day One of Week Two – The Way of Peace though Love

John 15: 17   “This is my command: Love each other.”

Heart of hands

Do Something  Song Link

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”

Refrain: If not us, then who, if not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when, will we see an end to all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing, It’s time for us to do something

I’m so tired of talking
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something” REFRAIN

We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill (shine shine, shine shine)
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No we won’t stand still (x3) REFRAIN (x2)

 

Reflection:  I have to admit this is one of my favorite scriptures.  It is simple.  It is clear.  It leaves no room for confusion or exclusion.  It’s not an option.  It doesn’t say, “I would like you to love everyone as I have loved you.”  It commands us to love each other.  Period.  Not just the people we like or who are in our circle.  Not just the ones who look like us, sound like us, live like us, pray like us.  Not just the easy to love but the grumpy, the smelly, the ugly of spirit and those who have harmed us.

How do we do this?  It starts with an open heart.  It takes humility.  It begs of willingness to step away from all we know well into the realm of the uncomfortable.  An open heart drops our barriers to others in the world.  An open heart sees every person as a child of God.  An open heart challenges us to let the God in us to see the God in all.  Humility demands that we accept that we don’t know all about anything.   Humility requires us to consider others’ needs.  Humility says that we are often wrong.  Humility needs us to see into another’s heart and see what is there, not what we expect to be there.  A willingness to step into the realm of discomfort means that we will seek to know people, cultures, lifestyles in a meaningful way.  A willingness to step into the realm of discomfort is to accept feeling awkward within a new experience and let its learnings change us.  A willingness to step in the realm of discomfort means that to follow God’s command we will journey into unknown waters and let ourselves be baptized by their teachings.

Action:  Today, dare to step into discomfort and love people as God has commanded.  Let yourself be changed by God’s words.

Dear God, Thank you for creating us to do something in your world that reflects your love.  Move us from talking about what must be done and give us courage to be the arms and legs to do what must be done.  Bathe us in humility that shows us our ignorances.   Fill us with your love that braves our hearts to lead us into the unknown.  Quiet our awkwardness and replace it with your grace.   Let trepidation leave us and load us up with a heart of acceptance and tolerance.  With a desire to love, Amen.

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