On Kingdom Living and Table Talk

Here we are, weeks into what seems like an endless sea of hard and heavy conversations on racism. Honestly, I feel as though I have had ALL the conversations with ALL the people. I have felt emotionally spent and very hopeful at the same time. I have had dear friends near and far reach out to check on me. They have prayed for me, listened to me, and empathized with me. They have searched their hearts and have asked genuine questions.

I’ve thought a lot about how Jesus lived and how we’re called to live as He did. At every turn, Jesus stood up for the poor, the outcast, the oppressed, and the marginalized. He did it with love, grace, and boldness. He used truth to challenge every status quo and to change the current narrative.

In John 4, Jesus has an encounter with the woman at the well. From start to finish, this encounter flies in the face of every social norm of the time. Samaritans were a mixed ethnic group and very well hated by Jewish culture. It was completely unheard of for a Jewish man, let alone a rabbi, to speak with a Samaritan. Jesus begins His journey by telling the disciples that He needed to go through Samaria. So, there in the middle of the day, He goes out of His way to talk with a Samaritan woman. He turns her world upside down by extending truth, grace, and love towards her. And then He uses that encounter to teach the disciples about whom He came to save and who is welcome in the kingdom of God.

In John 10:25-37, Jesus tells a parable about a man who was robbed and beaten and left for dead on the side of the road. Both a priest and a Levite saw the man yet avoided him by crossing the road. Then, a Samaritan saw the man and had compassion on him. He went over and above in caring for the wounded man. He bandaged him and paid for more care at a nearby inn. Jesus patiently taught the disciples about what it looks like to show mercy, even when it’s to our enemies.

 

 

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Worship Wednesday…Constellations

“There once was a season of infinite light
When the distance from heaven was not far behind
I was close to You
I was close to You

So carry me back to that moment in time
When the colors and fragments were beautifully bright
How I long for You
How I long for You
Out here in the dark
Underneath a canopy of stars
Constellations falling from Your heart
Tell me that I’m not alone,
Cause honestly I’m so alone, So promise me I’m not alone
How many miles does my soul have to drive
Before Love can collide with the mess in my life
That’s not hard for you
That’s not hard for you
Cause You see through spectrums of color and light
But I’m losing my way and I’m losing my mind
I can’t see the truth
Help me see the truth
Out here in the dark
Underneath a canopy of stars
Constellations falling from Your heart
Tell me that I’m not alone,
Cause honestly I’m so alone, So promise me I’m not alone
When I felt the light of the moon on my face
The Memory of sun that’d been shining for days
You’ve already been in this desolate place
You’ve already been here and You’ve made a way
Pinpricks of glory strung out across the sky
Memories of darkness undone by the light
Reminding me you are right here by my side
You’re here by my side
You’re here by my side
Out here in the dark
Underneath a canopy of stars
Constellations falling from Your heart
Tell me that I’m not alone,
I know that I’m never alone, Cause You find me and bring me back home
And I’m never alone
Out here in the dark”
By Ellie Holcomb

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