“Alive in the Lord”

Sunday, April 21

4-21By Ron Harmon, Council of Twelve Apostles

Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose names was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At the time she became ill and died… they laid her in a room upstairs…Peter…knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes…

—Acts 9:36–37, 40–41

The sun set as we gathered around the fire after a full day at camp. I was thinking ahead to the soft pillow and bed that awaited me in the lodge.

I was not prepared for what I was about to experience.

John was a new member of the church I had met earlier in the day in my class. When I asked the class members to share something we might not know about them, John shared his life journey and experience with Christ through a small Community of Christ congregation.

John’s story was raw, difficult to hear at times, yet powerful. He experienced God’s love through a genuine and caring community. His life was different as a result. He shared his story with intensity and delight as he described the radical change in his life. Images of John’s story flashed through my mind as he began to play an old, worn guitar before the beginning of campfire.

At first I was taken aback by the harsh sound of strange chords and off-key, impromptu singing. He was making the words up as he went. I could not recognize the words, but the joy in his voice moved me. As people gathered for the campfire he continued to sing. It was as if no one noticed he was singing out of tune.

Here was a man who was alive in Christ and at home with his surroundings. The community that welcomed him continued to affirm his place among them. Like Tabitha in Acts 9, John often had found himself on the margins of society. This was his experience in a world that often does not recognize the possibilities of new life. I smiled inside the next day when I heard John playing and singing a new song of joy hope.

Prayer for Peace
Ever-present God, we are alive in Christ. We become new through your Spirit. We are fulfilled in doing Christ’s mission and sharing his peace.

Spiritual Practice: Music for Meditation
Identify a form of music for meditation. Choose music that carries a soulful, spiritual, or healing quality for you. Sit quietly and soak in the intent of the composer. Allow healing waves of sound to lift your spirit.

Peace Covenant
Today, god, I will listen to the heart of the singer and not-so-m

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