…to Wholeness

Tuesday, March 26

3-26By David Brock, presiding evangelist

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually* into a dwelling-place for God.

—Ephesians 2:19–22

There is a bond beyond blood ties that binds us together with chords that we dare not break. We dare not break! All the agony and the ecstasy of Palm Sunday and Passion Week are taken up into God in Christ. God weaves them into a garment of beauty, like the bright ti fai fai the Tahitians wrap around their honored guests in Papeete on a praise-filled Sunday morning; like the shawls of India or Latin America that adorn the shoulders of hard-working wives and mothers and in which they wrap their children and grandchildren.

Just as in Christ’s day, these are still the days of wonder and miracle—the miracle of a God who can take the disparate days and dimensions of our fractured lives and communities and make a circle. A God who shapes from the chaos the beauty of fractal patterns in what we perceive only as randomness.

In those rare moments when the eternal breaks through there is no them and us. There is no now and then, no worthy and unworthy, male or female, bond or free. There is only the Eternal Now, the One, the Whole. God saves us. God takes our fractured and divided selves, heals us, and makes us whole!

Prayer for Peace
We, the broken people, God, ask you to make us whole as only you can. Help us tear down walls that separate us, overcome prejudice that fractures us, open doors that shut others outside of us. Infuse us with Christ’s peace that we may share it.

Spiritual Practice: Honoring the Worth of All Persons
Read Psalm 139:13–18. After each reading sit quietly and let the words sink deeply into your mind, heart, and body. Imagine God watching you grow in your mother’s womb. What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)?

Sense the intimate knowledge God has of you and every child. Be aware of the sacred worth of each person. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How are you invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will reassemble the broken pieces of my relationships into a mosaic of wholeness.

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