Sacred Verbs

Tuesday, May 21

5.21By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

—Philippians 4:9

I work many crossword puzzles, always looking for the elusive word, always seeking the mysterious phrase. One catch that often trips me up is assuming a word in the clue is a noun, when it is intended as a verb. It makes all the difference in finding the correct answer.

Examples: Cross = a religious symbol or movement from one side to another. Fly = an insect with wings or soaring above the Earth. Rise = a low hill or the act of moving upward. Share = part of a financial stock or the act of giving or telling. The following poem is all about action, all about what we do on the journey, all about fulfilling Christ’s mission (is mission a verb?). I call these my sacred verbs:

 cross the Red Sea
wander in the wilderness
covenant with God.
follow the star
kneel at the manger
sing
rejoice.

fly to Egypt
teach in the temple
welcome children
love enemies
tell the story
speak truth
pray in the garden
journey to the cross
           follow…reflect…repent…cry…

rise from the dark
bask in Christ’s light
heal in the Spirit
embrace the call
lift your eyes
hear the cries
respond

invite people
abolish poverty
end suffering
pursue peace
develop disciples
congregate
be still
know God
           discern…pray…anoint…bless…

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, as we see your creative actions in the universe, may we take action to

co-create with you—making Christ’s mission our mission; making Christ’s peace our peace.

Spiritual Practice: Praying for Leadership of the Church
An important spiritual practice is praying for those who carry leadership responsibilities. See or sense persons who lead the community of faith at congregational, mission center, and World Church levels. Pray for grace on each servant leader who comes to mind.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will turn my passive nouns into active verbs.

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2 Comments

  1. Betty Williams

     /  21 May 2013

    May we all have a good look at which nouns are verbs and which verbs are nouns and how do they relate in our lives and where does this lead us in community.

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