Tuesday, August 5

8-5By John Bonney of Springfield, Oregon, USA

I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

—Psalm 121:1–2 NRSV

Ministry lives among and within people. It involves sharing, loving, and striving with people in need, who are willing to listen and have us in their lives. This life is like a woodpile in the backyard that needs attention. What part of this woodpile—this life—is our mission?

This life includes worshipful moments enhanced by natural happenings. Perhaps it is seeing something new or rare in creation. Or, it may be watching the face of a baby or an older person. Perhaps it is hearing birdsong and ocean roar. Or pondering the glory of a tree so tall you cannot see its top. This life is also about falling down and getting up; grieving and laughing; sobbing, serving, and quietly sitting, reflecting, praying.

This life includes enthusiastic expressions of creative ability that bring tears to the eyes, and wonder to the heart! Look at the many faces, the billions of faces of God. Look at the hurt expressions and the malnourished, fly-covered, hopeless faces—those God faces. Look at the young adult, eyes alive with hope and potential. Look at the aged, with lined and seamed faces that have seen the years, and who wear their stories on their faces. Pause and listen as the faces “tell” their stories.

No two faces are the same color, the same shade, the same texture. See them…love them. See God in the sun and the moon and in all on whom they shine. Fall on your knees in prayerful exclamation saying, “Holy, holy, holy! Holy are the faces of the Lord.”

Prayer for Peace Creator God, open our eyes that we may glimpse you as we look into the faces of our brothers and sisters. Open our ears that we may hear you as we listen to their stories. Open our hearts that we may feel your pain as we dry their tears. Open our arms to embrace them and know your peace.

Spiritual Practice: Welcoming Unity in Diversity Meditate on Unity in Diversity. Create a large circle with your arms. See and feel the diverse people God invites inside the sanctuary of Christ’s peace represented by this circle. Who is easiest to welcome? Whom do you struggle to include? Confess the dividing walls between you and people too different or “dangerous” to invite into your spiritual home. Ask God to forgive and heal barriers that keep us from loving one another.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will see faces anew.

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1 Comment

  1. Melba J Dixon

     /  5 August 2014

    A beautifully written challenge to feel Christ-like compassion for all of God’s creation. Thank You.


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