I am heading to Kairos this week. As part of Kairos, we go into a prison (in our case, it’s Craggy Correctional Facility), we feed them and share Jesus with them.
Funny, as I began posting about it, people from all walks of life approached me and offered to contribute, even those who may or not identify with the Christian faith. That’s the rub. Christianity is not dead. It’s roots began in the feeding of the poor, the embrace of the outsider, the visiting of the prisoner, the caring for the sick. People were so moved by this that they ran to Christianity in droves.
As the numbers began to grow, we gave them chairs to sit in and roofs to block out the elements and walls to provide structure to our meetings. In short, we became comfortable and contained.
But the Holy Spirit is a wildfire. Everyone, I don’t care who you are, knows when it’s on the move. It will burn down walls. It will light new paths for the wayward stray.
As I wrote letters to our 35 inmates, I began to weep because I knew how much God loves us and how far short I fell from loving in that same way. Change is needed. In my heart. In this world. Let’s make it happen, people! Today.
When we accept the redeeming blood of Christ
into our veins
When we invite the Spirit of the Living God
into our souls
Our very bodies are not our own
Yes, we have traded our mortal flesh
for the eternal skin of God
When we walk through life
it should not be you they see
but Jesus Christ returned,
ready to do miracles
feed the poor
hang with the lowly
hear the voice of the Father
and live intentionally,
bearing His sufferings
for the greater good.
We are sacred beings
We make mistakes,
doing what we should not
In those instances of error,
we are invited to apologize
to make amends
for this act is holy and righteous and good
“I couldn’t do that, people are watching”
It’s exactly because people are watching that we must do it
Do what is light and love and true
For if we do not, if we are silent,
we silence the Holy Spirit inside us
the voice, our Jiminy Cricket,
that instructs on all that is pure and good and holy.
Do it so that people will see,
for their sake and for yours,
a taste of something good
Oh the sweet, sweet blood of Jesus
Cleansing and nourishing
to the body and soul
His sacrifice is our atonement
His suffering is our joy
for now He stands as king and LORD
above all the nations and angels and Universe
All of us call out His praise
For He is glorious and wonderful and good
His blood flows free through my veins
Cathedrals used to use gargoyles to ward off demons
Samurai used ferocious masks to intimidate enemies
God use what scares me to sanctify me
So that the cathedral of my soul would stand firm
For eons in You.
and the glory.
Contemplating the servants of the Divine
the rich history
gives you a greater appreciation,
a holy community
to draw from when you feel alone
Verily you carry the seed of these heroes past!
Live in light of that ineffable truth.