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Season of Peace

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Saturday, September 24, A Season of Peace

For you always have the poor with you. Mark 14:7 (NRSV) As a child, I grew up with the refrain, “We don’t see color.” It was often repeated by adults in my community who meant well, who thought they simplified the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message for children’s ears. My parents shared with… Read more »

Friday, September 23, A Season of Peace

You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace. Isaiah 55:12a (ESV) The author of Isaiah 55 is speaking to a people in exile and explaining to them what they can hope to do and to be once that exile is done. He is extolling them to keep hope and faith in… Read more »

Thursday, September 22, A Season of Peace

If, then, there is any comfort in Christ, any consolation from love, any partnership in the Spirit, any tender affection and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or empty conceit, but in humility regard others as… Read more »

Wednesday, September 21, A Season of Peace

So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12:25–26 (NIV) When any part of the body of Christ is suffering, we… Read more »

Tuesday, September 20, A Season of Peace

The Lord loves righteousness and justice;  the earth is full of God’s unfailing love. Psalm 33:5 (NIV) Whether we like to believe or acknowledge it, those of us who are white have participated (willingly or even unwittingly) in systems that perpetuate the cycle of poverty for our non-white neighbors. Perhaps none can so directly trace… Read more »

Monday, September 19, A Season of Peace

The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces… Read more »

Sunday, September 18, A Season of Peace

I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call. Ephesians 1:18a (CEB) There are many statistics that cite the disparity of wealth between the white population and the Black and Latinx populations in the United States, but our family lived it and witnessed… Read more »

Saturday, September 17, A Season of Peace

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24 (CEB) I made the mistake yesterday asking God for a “peace bomb.” That’s a juxtapostion of two words if I ever saw one. What I was asking for was an “invasion of love” — there I go again. Not the… Read more »

Friday, September 16, A Season of Peace

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” Matthew 26:50b–52… Read more »

Thursday, September 15, A Season of Peace

And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he returned to the temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and taught them. The legal experts and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. Placing her in the center of the group, they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this… Read more »