I have been slaving away on my sermon for this weekend. Ok, slaving away is an exaggeration, as my daughter said; “and watching Spiderman 3 helped you write your sermon?” The kid has learned well from her parents 😉
Our devotions today continued to focus on the will of God particularly focused on the loving kindness part. It seems so simple, but I was reminded after watching Spiderman 3 (gotcha!) how often can we look into the face of ugliness of the world; hate, fear, violence, revenge, hunger, injustice, and pain and not curl in on ourselves in self protection? Loving kindness demands vulnerability, it calls for us to step out into this world to do God’s will not necessarily our will. We do ask in this prayer that God’s will becomes ours even as he strengthens us by his life giving spirit each day.
In doing my prep work for the sermon I came upon this next piece. It didn’t really fit the particular direction I was going but it is too good not to use someplace. It was attributed to a Dr. Ted Loder, from his book, GUERRILLAS OF GRACE. I hope it blesses you.
“Sometimes, Lord, it just seems to be too much:
too much violence, too much fear;
too much of demands and broken lives;
too much of war and slums and dying;
too much of greed and squishy fatness
and the sounds of people
devouring each other
and the earth;
too much of stale routines and quarrels,
unpaid bills and dead ends;
too much of words lobbed in to explode
and leaving shredded hearts and lacerated souls;
too much of turned-away backs and yellow silence,
red rage and the bitter taste of ashes in my mouth;
Sometimes the very air seems scorched
by threats and rejections and decay
until there is nothing
but to inhale pain
and exhale confusion.
Too much darkness, Lord,
too much of cruelty
Too much, Lord,
Or is it too little,
too little of compassion,
too little of courage,
too little of music
O, God, make of me some nourishment
for these starved times,
some food for my brothers and sisters
who are hungry for gladness and hope,
that, bringing bread for them,
I may also be fed
and be full.”
Oh, and one more thing I stumbled upon today on facebook!
Some more food for thought!