A powerful, thought-provoking insight....

Give me a well-trained tongue that has been borne out of silent listening in the sanctuary of my heart.

~ sevensacredpauses by Macrina Wiederkehr

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Global Mourning

This past Sunday was Pentecost -- a significant time in Christianity -- a time when the "Church" was born. Two of the tremendous gifts we received at Pentecost were the Enduring Presence of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as comforter and sustainer. What would the world be like if we all stopped and called upon that Enduring Presence -- promised to the Disciples by Jesus as he was trying to prepare them for the time he would leave. If, as a world community, we called upon that promise, what would happen? I know, in my heart and soul, that God is grieving with us right now at the horrible loss of life that is ongoing in this world. God loves all of creation so abundantly. We are part of that creation. We like to think we're God's favorite part of creation (I'm not too sure about that sometimes), yet I know that abundant, holy love is ours. Imagine the difference in the world, in the attitudes toward each other, that would be possible if we all stopped what we were doing and asked God, asked Jesus to be with us, to make His presence known and palpable. That we are hurting and lonely and scared.

It's my belief that as Christians we can respond to the death in the world with the belief that God grieves, that we all grieve together, and that God will comfort us ALL in our grief.

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