Today's Lectionary Text
Remember your promise to your servant,
The Lord is my possession.
You have treated your servant well,
Protocols, plans, amendments, different sides, new groups, new denominations, and on and on – enough to make me want to scream! Nones, Dones, Unchurched, Dechurched, and on and on – enough to make we want to scream! Republican, Democrat, Independent, and on and on – enough to make me want to scream!
What has happened to me? To all of us?
For many years my daddy taught me by his example of life what it means to be a person of integrity, compassionate and caring. As a child and youth, I truly believed that all people were taught the same values. I really thought that all people treated one another with respect and never judged one another for what they thought or believed. I will never forget the day that strong belief came tumbling down and I saw jealousy, disrespect, and watched a “so-called” person of faith derail my personal beliefs in humanity.
I can’t help but think with all that is going on before us that these distractions are an attempt to derail us from the people God has called us to really be. Distractions that draw us away from integrity, compassion and care for each other. TRUE integrity, compassion, and care – not just saying we are living with those qualities, yet truly living that way from the core of our soul.
Wonder what it would look like if we put all these distractions behind us and got back to the core of what it means to be people of faith? I really like that thought!!!! Just think – living a life of integrity, compassion and care would call us to live out the words of Matthew 28: 19 therefore, go and make disciples of all nations. That is what it’s all about anyway!
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
God of us all, help us to get rid of the loud distractions that keep us from focusing on Your commandment to make disciples of all people. Amen.
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