A Pastoral Word
Lenten Theme: Resistance and Risk: A Journey towards Healing and Wholeness
Our faith narrative reminds us that more often than not, in any given situation, it is not either/or but both/and. The Creation stories tell us that we are created in the image of God, and that we are made up with both ash and starlight. Our faith ancestors show us time and time again that we can completely mess up, be complete failures, yet God can and does take our mistakes and bring about good. Even our faith journeys are a funny mix of both/and, usually a mix of resistance and risk.
What I mean by this is that as people of faith, we are called to speak for the voiceless, to be the heart and hands of God in this world. However, we know that there are times we resist this calling, hoping that someone else will come along and pick up that hard work of reconciliation while other times, we know that our resistance, our refusal to accept the wrongs we see in our world, is what makes the Kingdom of God real for so many people.
This idea of both/and when it comes to resistance comes with risk…good and bad. Our faith journey is all about finding the balance between the two. This balance of risk and resistance is what will bring about healing and wholeness not only for ourselves but for all of creation as well.
So this Lent, I am inviting everyone to join us on a journey of resistance and risk as we “challenge ourselves to examine our [choices and the consequences of those choices] and to find out how deepening our relationship with Jesus and the Bible brings us into closer relationship with [both] others and the world.” (Amy-Jill Levine)
*I cannot take credit for this Lenten series. I am basing it on a series developed by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell. I have adapted her series for our context and give thanks to her for the inspiration. (rev-o-lution.org)