What Matters Most (Part I)

 By David Brock, presiding evangelist

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.  2 Corinthians 5:18–19

I have this working theory. The power centers where what ultimately matters most in life are not the stock exchanges of London, New York, Beijing, or New Delhi. Nor are they the halls of political power in capital cities such as Brasilia, Canberra, Nairobi, Ottawa, or Moscow.

Yes, I know that decisions made in those places touch billions of Earth’s inhabitants and the planet itself. Yes, I know the political party I vote for and the rise and fall of financial markets can change our lives. Yes, I know the latest research in the laboratories of universities can cure or cause disease, stop or start plagues, target and destroy a distant enemy, or develop earthquake-resistant technologies to save millions.

But, my working theory goes something like this: What ultimately matters most may happen in a little chapel built on the side of a pastor’s home in an agricultural town in Argentina.

Here people crowd in to sing of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. They kneel to pray for a parent who is suffering from advanced cancer. They reach out to receive bread and wine and connect to a faith community.

Here are the sinners and saints who span the centuries and solidify forever their identity as children of God.

Prayer for Peace:

Creator God, we would kneel alongside those of our community connected to us in ways that matter most. May we solidify our relationship with them and work together for the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation

Each day this week choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following suggested practices or create your own.

Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude and “holy attention.” Write a psalm of praise for the beauty of the Earth or a prayer of healing and blessing for the wounds of the Earth. Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping such as recycling, simple living, fasting from over-consumption of resources. Notice the unique diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will kneel in prayer to discern, through your Spirit, what matters most.

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