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."

Saturday, July 22, 2017

God with Us

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ 22All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23 ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
   and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’ 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.  Matthew 1:18-25
God With Us
one of the names you tell us to call you
Emmanuel, God with us
Yet in this story
are you really with Mary
she did the unthinkable -
gasp - she had sex
she got pregnant
and not with the man she was supposed to
the story tells us you save her by making Joseph accept her anyway
despite the sin
despite the laps in judgement
despite the being human

Emmanuel, God with us
if you are with us
why is she shamed
why is she going to be set aside quietly
you know he is wanting to shove her to the curb
but in the dark of the night
so no one knows
she was human
she had sex
she is pregnant
so we make a story of God's rescue
of God being the invisible hand and source of the pregnancy
and then we will punish her
no we don't set her aside and leave her to be a single mom
but we don't touch
we don't love
we leave her alone until the birth
we leave her separate, apart

Emmanuel, God with us
where is God for Mary
where is the God who understands bodies
who is passionate and free
who loves sex like the Song of Solomon
who cares for us warts and all, babies and all
Emmanuel, God with us
be with us and show us a new way
a way of acceptance
a way of love
a way in the beautiful mess

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