February 27 Edevotional
I’m yearning this morning, for the strong voices of my mentors and teachers who seemed to never give up the struggle for “resistance of evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” When the bars on the windows and doors of the church are shut down keeping me and my family members, my “kin,” from getting in, calling us names of bigotry and rejection from inside the church—“incompatible with Christians,” “they should be put to death,” when death is all around and the light of hope is snuffed out with deep hurt and anger, the voices of mentors seem to grow faint. So, let me remember with us and for us some voices and if we remember these voices together this morning, they will become stronger.
Jesus: “But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27 – 28
Dorothy Day: “It is people who are important, not the masses.” The Long Loneliness, pg. 221
“The spiritual works of mercy include enlightening the ignorant, rebuking the sinner, consoling the afflicted, as well as bearing wrongs patiently, and we have always classed picket lines and the distribution of literature among these works.” The Long Loneliness, pg. 220
“Community –that was the social answer to the long loneliness.” Pg. 224
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
We grieve today the shut and locked doors; the injustice, the ongoing oppression and evil. And then we begin to hear the faint voices of standing up, shaking the dust off our feet, looking for allies, kin, and community to hear a word of hope, a word of impatience, and a word of love.
Jesus: “Then he told them a parable. No one tears a patch from a new garment to patch an old garment. Otherwise, the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn’t match the old garment. Nobody pours new wine into old wineskins. If they did, the new wine would burst the wineskins, the wine would spill, and the wineskins would be ruined. Instead, new wine must be put into new wineskins. –Luke 5:36-38
The struggle is long. So many are deeply harmed. I am so very grateful for the delegates from our Northern Illinois Conference, grateful for the mentors and teachers who stayed in the struggle, believing that hope and community will rise, that something new, something good, a resurrection is happening. And that the new cannot be put into the old. Open our eyes and our hearts to see it, God.
Pastor Sherrie Lowly
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