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Season of Peace

Daily Reflections

Tuesday, September 27, A Season of Peace

Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” John 5:8 (NRSV) Migration headlines focus on people being “led forth in peace” to a safer home. However, not all immigrants are motivated by the search for peace. Many “go out in joy” toward opportunity. The joy they embody is not the joy of… Read more »

Monday, September 26, A Season of Peace

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Matthew 10:40 (NRSV) This past January I participated in a Contextual Immersions J-Term course on Immigration at the U.S.-Mexico Border, sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary. During the 2½-week course my classmates, professors and I gathered often on Zoom to connect… Read more »

Sunday, September 25, A Season of Peace

Because the Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God  who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love strangers because you… Read more »

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 »