May 23 2021
May the Words of my mouth and thoughts of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen
And so they find themselves
on the edge of the hopelessness
the sea before them and the armies of
them and nowhere to go.
Caught between slavery
Had they known that the way ahead would be this hard
they might have remained in slavery
better to die as a slave
than risk this new beginning.
At least there was the familiarness in slavery
This, perched on the edge of
having to live as free people.
So what if we have a divine calling?
So what if there is a love
that sees us and knows what we can be.
So what if we have come from God and are returning to God.
Best that we had stayed where we were
and what right did this Moses have
to come and tell us
it was never the intention that we be slaves.
Rather to know a truth
and this truth would somehow set us free.
After all, we have been slaves for generations
slaves to so much
so many self imposed addictions.
Addiction to anger
addiction to jealousy
addiction to fear
addiction to the status quo.
and needing to control
all these forces that would contain us and claim us
so that we repeat the lives of our parents
and their parents
all their wounds
living in us.
The sins of the parents alive in the children.
The thought that there can be something better
that thought that within is the Divine
that somehow we have been created just a little lower than God
and that within us is this world changing power.
But now it’s too late
we made the move and we have become to believe in the possible
and now here we are.
Stuck between all the old addictions
and the unknown
which seems to be death.
And maybe we wonder in this night,
maybe I’m nothing after all,
and maybe there is yet a cry from our hearts,
God, help me.
And it’s night on the edge of this Red sea,
this watery chaos
when we hear it.
Gentle at first
a sound of eeriness
and then stronger and louder
and then tearing at our tent ropes here in the desert
blowing through our camp
disturbing, shaking anything that can be shaken
all through the night.
Blowing through our minds
disturbing the lies we have told ourselves,
shaking our confidence in the status quo
at the same time clearing away the cloudiness of despair
a presence of God.
Wrestling with us inviting us to believe we can live
as a different kind of people
this wind, carrying the scent of
and another time
and another world before we were slaves,
reminding us of who we are
and One who has been with us all our lives
before we got lost
And then as the day breaks suddenly before us
what was impossible the night before
a way though the chaos and a path to our true
And so will emerge Israel.
Come forward how many hundred of years
to a room where men and women gather
Called together to be a new people
a different kind of Kingdom.
A people whose lives would reflect the essence, the love of God.
A people that would show to the world
a better way to live.
A people who would love as God.
Who from their lives would flow streams of life giving water.
A people who would die to selfishness
a people no longer controlled
by such as anger
No longer held slaves to bitterness
or such as revenge.
No longer wage war.
And they wait this room of people
people who had lived with
and walked alongside
of, the Rabbi Jesus.
This Jesus who had shown them the power of this Kingdom
the power of love to face their enemies
and return love instead of violence;
men and women who saw they could be stronger
than all the violence of life.
And the pettiness of mediocrity.
Men and women who so wanted in their lives
the power Jesus had
who so wanted
to be what he was.
Thirsty, to be able to love as He is love.
To love the world so much that they would give their lives out of love.
And so they wait
as their ancestors had done many generations before
stuck between the old and the possibility of the new.
And just as happened generations before,
and they awake to a wind
and then electric in its intensity
as a presence seems to inhabit the room
and with the presence a
flood of joy, the joy of God
flooding them with a love so strong
causing within them responses that only great love can
maybe laughter, maybe tears, the strange bubbling out of them
of strange words
telling of the glory of God.
And then breaking out into the streets
telling all who will hear
of the greatness of God.
And the church of Christ is born
a church that will change the course of western history.
For these are not events of the past alone.
They are our story
as we sit between slavery to the past
and fear of new beginnings.
We have tasted of Jesus
and in Him we have seen a love beyond all loves
and we would like that love to be found in us.
And we imagine such a love
transforming our lives
And a river of life flowing from our lives out to others
And from this place and places where
men and women of the way of Jesus gather
and gather and wait
between the past and the new
for the gift He promised
even the Spirit of God
and a river of life touching the community
and all places where men and women and families
wait and thirst for the love they long for.
And it all begins with us
open to a love that won’t let us go.
Now unto God the Father, God the Son and God, the holy Spirit, be all the honour and
glory, world without end. Amen
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