Good morning all!

Today’s scripture:

Luke 1:68-79New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us
    in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71     that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
    and has remembered his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
    to grant us 74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness
    before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    by the forgiveness of their sins.
78 By the tender mercy of our God,
    the dawn from on high will break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”― Martin Luther King Jr

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I really have no words about what happened yesterday in the world.  My heart broke when I came back to my office and I started seeing what was happening on the news.  I just kept saying, “Lord, have mercy…” out loud.  In moments like these, the questions about what actions next are present. Obviously, something needs to be done.  Shootings as normative are not acceptable and yet…and yet…what do we do?

Last year at about this time, I was fighting a different battle by trying to stand with an everyday congregation and offer them stability and comfort.  Deep in my soul there is a passion for equality with our homeless brothers and sisters. Last year at about this time, the city had said no to that plan and was forcing us to consider kicking people off of the property. What could we do? The only thing we could even imagine was to have a candlelight vigil to pray and then to call for action because we figured the darkness cannot win. Only light drives out darkness and we must come together as community.

Fear wants isolation. If we are isolated from one another, we can’t do anything.  Fear wants us to not hope because hope causes us to create new solutions.  Fear wants us to hide because hiding means we can’t overcome.  Fear wants us to hate the other because love will call us to transformation.  So we have to not give into fear but instead put our light together, come together as community, get innovative and creative and not treat each other as the other but as “us.”

Today light a candle and find your people. It is time to pray and then to act.  Love will win. There will be light and we will stick together. Amen.

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  1. I probed your blog for more information on the “Everyday Congregation.” Perhaps I am just a poor researcher, but the story seems to have died. I found news reports leading up to the potential fine the church might have to pay. If found a night of camping together for solidarity and “being with” Jesus. I read about prayers, donuts, coffee, tears, and saw a rainbow. But the Everyday Congregation seems to have vanished.

    I want to know where they are now. Can you give a fuller account? It looked to me like April Fool’s Day had the last say on the matter. But you have one of the RARE churches in this western hemisphere that took a stand for the poor and marginalized. The Body of Christ laying it on the line for the poor sinners gathered around him is the ground zero of our faith. But I cant find it in the Everyday Congregation.

    I am looking. Perhaps you could write a reflection and review – tell the full story in one place? Perhaps you could write a What-we-learned piece? Perhaps you could point me to an article that lays it all out???

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    Here is Texas I am part of a small group of street prophets made up mostly of homeless people who struggle to take a stand. But we need to take a stand. We need change. I live in Lubbock, Texas – the buckle of the Bible Belt. We are a “Christian” town! But we leave Jesus out in the streets every night (Matt 25:44-45). I am VERY interested in your full experience there and in helping – if I can.

    Thank you… and blessings…

    From Texas

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