In her sermon today, Mother Wendy asked us to reflect on these passages, and ask ourselves these questions:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
and his mercy endures forever. ~ Psalm 107:1
How is God good to you? Make a list.
How has his mercy sustained you?
For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. ~ from the Letter to the Ephesians
What are the good works which God is looking for from you? From me, from all of us?
And what are they in this new time, this new era, this new world we are moving into?
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. ~ From the Gospel of John
Where are the places where you condemn others in the world? For not agreeing with you? Or being like you?
How might you better recognize the light and presence of God in other human beings, created, like you, in God’s image?
We’ve gotten in the habit of emphasizing the differences among us. How do we recapture and recommit to cherishing the similarities among us?
Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:50
What is the purpose to which you (and I) need to be restored?
That he may live in us, and we in him – From the Collect of the day
Isn’t that what we most aspire to?