Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 26, 2003
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from "The Road to Emmaus," a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. These reflections start with a Gospel reading
and a meditation based on it written this week by the Rev.
Andy T. Sidden.
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Please read Matthew 12:15-21
When I look back over my life, I realize that the
hardest times weren't those when I lacked money,
health, or friends. I can live with poverty,
sickness, and loneliness, and, like many people,
I have done so. The true low points came when I
lacked hope. For without it, each day becomes a
bitter chore to be endured.
Such was the case during the last days of my
marriage. Ignorant of the blessings that come
from a knowledge of Christ's love for all people,
I lived with anger, guilt, and hatred, for I
believed no hope existed for a better day.
I thought myself condemned, cut off from Christ
and beyond hope. Indeed, those were the worst
days of my life. Worse than living on stale
bread and bologna as a teen-age father, struggling
to pay for an education and support a family.
Worse than facing major surgery as a young adult.
Worse than living alone for the first time at the
age of thirty. During those times, at least I felt
God was with me, and I trusted in God's love to see
How foolish, and totally helpless, we are when we
face life's struggles without accepting Christ.
Without God, we come face to face with a world
Today's passage makes it abundantly clear, though,
that we need not spend one moment in despair. The
prophecy was fulfilled long ago. The Chosen One
was sent into the world for all people.
Yes, the nations will place their hope in Jesus.
So will all of us, as the peoples of those nations.
Only then will we be able to endure life's low
Jesus didn't promise that we'd never be poor, sick,
or lonely. He promised only to be there for us.
And that is enough.
Grace and peace,
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