Thursday, May 07, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
Jennifer and Jennifer recently came to our church. They are married, and they came seeking baptism for their two children.
They had experienced little openness in other congregations. Now, they came seeking a community of grace, a question rising from deep within, Can we find you here, Lord?
We laughed when one of them asked if she should cover her tattoos the day of the service. The serenity prayer are tattooed on her ankle; her infant's feet are inked on her arm.
She didn't want to suffer further rejection or distract attention from the baptism of her precious children.
I doubt the tattoos will trouble anyone, though some may be distressed by their marriage. But what a gift they are, Gracious God. They are a flesh and blood expression of who you are and what you are doing among us and in all creation.
You are the Love who transcends every human boundary. You are the hunger in our hearts to be joined in one love—the Love you are—beyond all that separates.
Lesbian couples and their children … and even those barely civilized Sythians in southern Russia the Colossians wanted no part of—you join us as one that your love may be all in all, a communion of grace.
Make us one, Lord, joined at the heart with your heart, sharing the Love you are.
Pr. David L. Miller