We Are All the Same

220px-Julian_of_NorwichI have been reading a chapter a day from Julian of Norwich. In the chapters 16, 17, and 18 she describes the death of Christ in vivid detail. This is the details that only a person who has seen such suffering could know. The description is bloody and describes a horrible death. As you read you can feel the pain that he must have felt, but as she describes this pain she also talks about love. The love that she has for her Lord and the love that he has for the world. In chapter 19 she says, “so our Lord was made nothing for us, and in this way we all stand as nothing with him.” The pain of Christ is not only his own, but also part of all who he died for. We stand with him.

no-racism2This is the pain that I felt when I heard of the massacre of 9 people as they were having a bible study this week. I could not believe that someone could do this, and I hurt for them and their families because Christ died for them just as he died for me. I have never had to deal with racism personally. I have had to talk with and disagree with those who are racist, but I have never been treated differently because of my race. Because of this, I have no idea what it is like to be afraid of those around me including the police. I do not fully understand what those who deal with racism deal with everyday, but I hurt for them. I also feel that something needs to be done to stop this violence.

Laurie Brock in the blog Dirty Sexy Ministry says it is about the small acts of racism. It is time to take a stand and not let even the small acts of racism stand in our lives and communities.

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The City of God

I had some charismatic friends pray over me one time when I was going on a mission trip. This trip was to a gathering of hippies in the middle of the national forest. It was a large gathering with many people there. When she prayed she said she got the words to the song “Hot Child in the City” by Nick Gilder. I was reminded of this prayer while I was walking among those I was ministering to that summer, and believed this is all that word was about, but as I was reading City of God: Faith in the Streets by Sara Miles, I began to wonder if my days of being the “Hot Child in the City” were not over.City

Miles describes heaven like a city. She uses the places in scripture that talk about heaven as the new Jerusalem, but the city that she envisions in hot and messy. In the introduction to the book she says, “In the city of God, a river of life flows from the single source of holiness, while a bent street tree, cracking open the sidewalk with its tough roots, offers its leaves for the healing of all the nations.” This is a reinterpretation of Revelation 22:1-2 where the evangelist talks about a river in the New Jerusalem lined with trees that give healing to the nations.

This is a vision of heaven that I can live with. I have a hard time when everything that is human is taken out of heaven because all that is human is evil. I do not see humanity as evil, and I see God as being there to heal all nations in the midst of our hurt and pain. It is in the midst of all of our problems that we need God the most, and this is where he is. In the middle of a city teeming with people who are hurting, and looking for hope.

This made me think that my days of being a “Hot Child in the City” were not over, and God has more work for me to do in the City of God.

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I know it has been some time since I have posted. I have been busy with school, work, and family. I am starting on the next stage of my journey, and thought it was about time for me to rejuvenate my blog. I will be using a new theme. The blog will be about my life. Here is an update on what has been going on with me while I was absent:

I will be attending PLTS in the fall. This will be my first year on the road to get my Master’s of Divinity (MDiv), and eventually becoming an ordained minister of the ELCA.

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This blog is dedicated to my friends and family who have been so supportive of me on my journey. They have been great at helping me out, and giving me the encouragement that I needed to make it this far.

My journey started with TCC where I got my Associate of Arts degree. Then I went on to PLU where I got a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Religion and minoring in Greek and Anthropology. This has been a long journey, and is not over yet.

I will be completing the first year at PLTS online, so I will still be in Washington for another year.

Life is an adventure.