Jessica told us her story in the barren, cramped home where she welcomed us in San Pedero Sula, Honduras. … the story of what happened to her and her children as they attempted to flee the poverty, violence and hopelessness of her country. … she struggles with how she will feed her family every day and keep them safe from the nearby gangs. Then she talked about her faith, about a God who walks with her, who knows poverty, who will never leave her. … Her children made big hearts on red construction paper during our conversation. Inside the cards they wrote love letters and handed them to us, with hugs, on the way out the door. It was Valentine’s Day.
The Rev. Stephen P. Bouman, ELCA
Journaling through the ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving devotional, http://elca.org/40days.
How do I experience God’s faithful companionship?
In the depths, hidden and untapped,
Peace flows, feeding the very ground of our being.
~Kayla McClurg, Waiting for the Light
I re-wrote a Thomas Merton prayer in my own words…
Today many congregations celebrate All Saints’ Day.
One of the saints I am remembering this year is Pastora Norma Castillo of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church.
The LORD is near the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:18
Romans 12:9-10 The Message
9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Notes inspired by Bishop Mike Rinehart’s sermon at the ELCA-Gulf Coast Synod Assembly in 2014
Acts 2:42-47 (NRSV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
“The more I wonder, the more I love.” ~Alice Walker
“Because when you actually care about something, you want to lead.” ~John Legend
I put these two statements on a “grid” for community, where spaciousness and grounded-ness are the x-y axes.
I think a lot about community and how it grows.
“Our doing for justice must flow naturally out of our being in love with those for whom there is no justice.”
~K. Killian Noe, Finding Our Way Home
“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”
~Mary Anne Radmacher
Notes from tonight’s ReImagine Worship at Living Word. The topic was courage and the conversation included Mark’s gospel story of the paralytic.