As we continue our journey back to some sort of normalcy, I have found that little things begin to tick me off. Like people ignoring science and scientists and their well-founded suggestions to continue to social distance and wear masks. I get so irritated because we can actually see, especially here in the Northeast, that this is working to lower the transmission of the virus.
But at times I am at a loss for words. This morning I received a small booklet from our denomination, the United Church of Christ. It is a Booklet of Devotions entitled
“EMERGE: Blessing and Rituals for UNSHELTERING”
. I am finding some humor, some grief work, some hope in the devotionals. I will share one with you this morning from Rev. Mary Luti, who actually was one of my Professors at Andover Newton Theological School.
It is called
“MEDITATION FOR WHEN PEOPLE WHO IGNORE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MAKING YOU MAD AS HECK”
“Jesus, you said pray for your enemies.
There’s sneaky wisdom in that.
If you’re really praying for someone
It’s a lot harder to hate them.
And if you keep it up sincerely over time
You might even start to love them.
What happens after that is anybody’s guess.
My guess, good Jesus,
Is that it all leads to meeting you in them
And to discovering that they are wounded, too.
What happens then, once I know that?
Once I learn we share one single shattered heart?
I’ve never been there, Jesus, I don’t know.
But as the heat rises in my brain,
The censure, consternation, and the rage, I wish I did.
Because right now I just want to haul off and pummel them,
Smack some sense into them, smack them good.
Teach me to pray.
LIVE FACEBOOK NOON TIME PRAYER
Join RB on
Thursday July 22
for as short mediation and prayer.
Just go to the church’s Facebook page: Pilgrim Church of Duxbury UCC
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A DEVOTIONAL?
Over the past 5 months we have offered Daily Devotionals on Facebook. We have seen and heard amazing stories, shared laughs and prayers and stayed together in a new way. Would you like to share a story? Its very easy. Speak with RB if you would like to try something new and connect with our Congregation with a story of your faith, your practices and your hope!