Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 9, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 9, 2002
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. As always, this meditation starts with a Gospel
reading and a meditation based on it written by Nancy Eichert.
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Please read Luke 18:9-14
My doctor has told me how sick I really am. I can't
believe my ears. As the doctor leaves my bedside, I
find myself talking to God about my condition. 'Now God,'
I begin. 'you know I've always been faithful to you. I
go o church every Sunday and I pray. We have some great
conversations, you and I, don't we? And you remember
the friend I brought to church last year. Why, I'm one
of your greatest witnesses. Now God, about this
illness. . . .'
From across the room, from somewhere in the next bed I
hear the soft sounds of muffled weeping, the voice of
someone, as though calling out to a parent. 'Oh, Lord,
have mercy. I'm lying here sick and in pain. The only
thing I have to believe in is your love. Oh, Healer,
your will be done in this body. Work out your love in
this spirit. Help this sinner, Lord.'
Hearing this prayer, I cannot help but wonder about my
own need for God. Will God listen if I admit that I'm
feeling scared, weak, and helpless? I had never thought
so. Yet now, in the face of my sickness, the good deeds
that I have relied on to give me a sense of self-worth
seem so trivial, almost pathetic. Who will come to show
me the way to empty my heart of its self-righteous deeds
that it may be filled instead with God's merciful love?
Recall today the condition of your life when Christ first
came to you. Remember the pure mercy and tender love that
entered your heart that day. Now breathe in God's love.
Breathe out the vanity of self-righteousness.
Re-experience God's grace as you continue your faith
journey today relying on the tender mercy of God's love
to give you a sense of self-worth.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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