Week two in the Jefferson area
Monday, September 23, 2019
The daily readings for the 3yr RCL cycle C for Monday, September 23, 2019 are listed as Psalm 106:40-48; Jeremiah 9:12-26; Acts 4:1-12. It might be beneficial if you'd like to read last Sunday's reading since these are complementary readings Mon-Wed.
In brief, what we do in this life towards the weak and despised shows what team we bat for. And in this view, everyone takes the field and no one sits on the bench. You are either on the home team or you are the opposition, there are no Earthly spectators in the stands.
Not so briefly...
We find in Scripture that God's mercy triumphs over judgment even in the midst of the captivity of the ancient Hebrews whom God punished--- "He also made them objects of compassion in the presence of their captors", even as these disobedient peoples were put to shame for their horrific rebellion against God their King, Yah has mercy on some whom he scattered. That gives us hope, does it not that even if our situation completely changes we can still be in God's plan and part of his mercies which endure forever.
Judgment against sin and evil occurs in part now, has been defeated now although not fully implemented until that one day in the future where God's people who are renewed are living on a new Earth in the new Kingdom. Right now, we can rejoice that we delight in the knowledge of God. In fact, that is our only cause to boast.
When being confronted by circumstance, or by obtuse people, we must stand firm, resolute and respectfully as our great God and Savior does not cower before mere worldlings or ploys of humans nor accidents of chance and place and time. It is not we who are confused and in the dark.
We will suffer in this life for a variety of reasons, but not because we are idiots. We who truly worship God know who's the Boss, even when we get caught up in the shadow world we end up out in the light, being healed because there is a balm in Gilead and there is a physician for the people of God. And one day we shall gather by the river on that beautiful shore under the trees whose fruit is borne constantly and whose leaves are for the healing of the nations. Until then, make no mistake for God will not be mocked.
So I lift my face and say,
Father knows best; so we praise you with Son our saving Shepherd King and Holy Spirit our comforting equipper who plugs us into unity with you. We see the reason for Eternity, to know and enjoy you forevermore and take delight even with each other and the rest of Creation.
As we live among the worldlings on this planet, we ask forgiveness for our sins, which are varied, great and manifold in spite, neglect, and intention. We ask for the grace and wisdom to act on forgiving those who sin against us and those we care about.
We do not seek to justify our old nature which is corrupt and irredeemable. We also pray for all who are in leadership, pagan and among you people. We pray for the halt, the injured as well as those who are hale. We ask to be agents of your peace, examples, and heralds for others to be reconciled with you.
Thank you for causing us to be born of you in the new creation. We seek to be ambassadors of your Kingdom of Light. Help us see our pagan neighbors as humans you love just as we know Jesus loved the sincere whether hoity-toity or yokel, laborer or desk jockey, even as his own disciples were Matthew the Government hack and Simon the anti-fascist zealot.
Put us to the task, rank us with who you wish, for we wish to be doing and suffering rather than being an aside like servants waiting in the hall for the Master's voice. We do not wish to guess we please you, we seek the courage to grasp the joy and choice of being adopted in Christ to be your righteous children. For that is our created purpose, for being put in right relations with you causes us to Rock. We're glad to be your living stones, chips off the old block.
We come to you knowing we've made hash out of what you gave us, but this does not surprise you. It is our heritage since Eden, and we wish to eat the new fruit of the Spirit as we stand before you as your people.
In Jesus' name, to God's glory only,
so be it.