You say, God hears me so I don’t need counseling
You say, God heals me so I don’t need medication
You say, God provides so I don’t need financial assistance
But I say,
The resources are there for a reason
If you are willing to trust God with your weakness
Are you also ready to trust your fellow human being
Who you see? Who you live with? Who you love?
People are funny and people in the church are no exception.
We all have our unconscious lists of sinners and saints, people that seemingly can do no wrong and people that seemingly can do no right.
But in the end we’re all just people and this has been true ever since the first person showed up on Earth.
From Adam to David to Paul to Aaron, we’re all broken pieces of glass put together by God into this collective masterwork known as the fellowship of believers.
Let us lay our perceptions down and embrace the collective soul, for we are all saints and sinners whose sole redemption is God.
We play around a lot with the idea as God as
But what about grandmother?
Soft and nurturing,
Doting gifts on her children
And children’s children
While still quite capable
Of lovingly bopping them
Upside the head
When they fight, refusing
To get along
Look at me, she said
To the protester
Look at me
I am a woman AND I am a pastor
But he did not look
And he did not see
But she did march
And, today, that would be enough.
Let me go and I will run
Hold me close and I will stay
Absolute freedom is found in Your illustrious bosom
For in You I have everything I need
Inside Elizabeth’s womb, John leapt
In the presence of a fetus
The magi followed a star to a newborn
In a barn
At the sight of our 14-day old boy
Simeon and Anna prophesied
John at the height of his ministry
Turned it all over to a carpenter
The disciples left their professions at the call
Of a rogue rabbi
When we have a true encounter with Jesus
We know it
He needs no introduction,
For He is the Living Word
I reached out to take your hand
we caught a patch of slush and slid into a ditch,
striking the passenger side into a hill
but we’re fine, everyone’s fine
we pull out
rent a car
and book our time with insurance-sanctioned
and I’m holding your hand again
because things are just things,
but we’re fine,
so everything’s fine.