Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 3, 2010
Happy New Year!
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Friends with God
"One of Jesus' disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining next to him."
"I want what you have," explained a lesbian friend
as we walked and talked one wintry afternoon. "You
have something I need. Do I get it by being in
spiritual direction?" I marveled at her intensity
as I struggled to explain what spiritual direction
"Perhaps," I gently suggested, "before beginning
spiritual direction, you might consider reading
the Gospel stories about Jesus found in Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John and try praying with the
Psalms. Try a few minutes of daily quiet prayer,
spiritual reading, and simply rest in God. This
has been my way of becoming friends with Jesus
while learning to trust God."
God and I have been in this ongoing, growing
relationship for more than forty years.
Relationships take time, effort, intention, and
I know of many people who are afraid to trust God.
When we are afraid to trust, it is difficult to
love. Numerous sexual minorities have been
tragically Bible-bashed by well-intentioned
people of faith. But after years of study, I
believe these well-intentioned people are
misguided in their Biblical understanding on
Jesus is totally non-homophobic and is quite
open to human diversity. Many believe John to
be the disciple "whom Jesus loved" (John 13:23;
19:26; 20:2; 21:7, 20, 24). John's Gospel is
written as by a close and intimate friend of
Jesus. John's Gospel is a love letter. He
and Jesus were soul friends. Their love was as
intense as David and Jonathan's in the Hebrew
When others betrayed, deserted, denied, and
persecuted Jesus, only the beloved disciple
John actively tried to protect his dear friend.
He bravely stood at the cross with the courageous
women as his dearest friend was brutally crucified.
As a result, John's best and dearest friend's
dying trust was for John to care for Jesus'
mother. We see God honoring families of choice.
Jesus entrusted his mother to his beloved John.
Beloved John offers us many insights on
friendship. He knew how to linger with his
beloved friend. They enjoyed spending time
together. Deep, intimate friendship grows this
way. Contemplative friendship is often like
prayer. It is companionship without words.
Friendship with God is like two dear friends
sitting together who do not need words to share
God invites us into personal friendship with
the remarkable person of Jesus Christ. Through
Christ, we find God is wonderful. God is in
love with us. People are not required to earn
God's love by attempting to change their sexual
orientation. John and Jesus offer people of all
sexual orientations a place in the love story.
Take a chance with God. Become dear, cherished,
beloved friends with God through Jesus Christ.
Spend some daily time together in prayer, spiritual
readings, and beloved community.
Dearest God, help us trust and love you as John
trusted and loved Jesus.
Grace and peace,
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