God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Good News People


I confess; I am a political news junkie.  I want to know what is going on, where the horse race is at and what happened.  Yet, I have to admit that sometimes the election coverage has me wanting to tune out and say enough.  I don’t want to see another Romney or Obama commercial;  I could do without Thompson or Baldwin ad.  And the news this morning, as I sat down for coffee with my Morning Joe, was about GOP freshman representative jumping in the Sea of Galilee drunk and naked.  Good News.  The senate candidate from Missouri lets al us women know there is legitimate rape and you body can just discharge a fetus that is from rape.  Good News.  When I opened my email this morning my Still-Speaking daily devotional had arrived and Kenneth L. Samuel, was having similar thoughts about how much news we receive that is bad.  We are bombarded by the bad news of murders, rapes, child abuse, and then in our own lives experience the bad news of illness, death, job insecurity, a car repair, a house repair, problems finding a job, trouble with a spouse, with kids, with in-laws.   Good News.

Yet we are supposed to be Good News people.  We are supposed to share with a hurting world the Good news. 
  •             Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.  Matthew 4:23
  •       Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’  Mark 1:14-15.
  •   And he answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. Luke 7:22

 As Good news people we have to remember that when we hear the “good news” of the world that we follow a God who shared with us the good news.  Love endures through troubles and traumas. Good News.   God can use our suffering to bring redemption.  Good News.  Despite all that may be trying to pull us apart and tear us from each other and God, God continues to gather us in.  Good News.   

Where there is darkness, despair, trouble, may you share the Good News. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Blessed are those Who Mourn

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Matthew 5:4 NRSV

"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.  Matthew 5:4 The Message

“Blessed are you who weep now for you will laugh” Luke 6:21

As I returned home yesterday from church and settled down for my decompression time, I turned on the Olympics but was instead greeted by worshipers in fear and tears.  A gunman had entered their service and started to shoot.  My heart broke for the dead.  A time of peace and meditation became a time of terror and anguish.  How do you say:  this should never happen?  How do you stop senseless violence?  How do you unlearn hate?  How do you mourn with those who have been hurt for their difference? 

Our role when faced with senseless violence brought on by hate of the other, is to say no:  Not in my town, not in my state, not in my country.  Our role as Christians who are called to comfort the mourning is to learn about this religion, to share how the Sihk faith is about peace and compassion.  To say that discrimination is wrong, that one should not be judged by the color of one’s skin or the head covering one wears.  Our role is to stand up and say enough. 

Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.  O Holy One, comfort your grieving children.  May you be with those who have lost ones closest to them in senseless violence and hatred.  Teach us how to be your comforting arms and presence to those grieving.  Teach us to struggle for justice and mercy and show love when hate is all around. Amen.