Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 6, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 6, 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. These meditations 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 8:1-17
Sunlight dances on gentle waves. Salty sea breezes
tangle my hair. My mate's brown arm brushes against
mine. I am alive. I am excited. I believe in
God's magic still happens. It happens so often that
our senses, miracles in themselves, aren't able to
keep up. Try as we may we can't experience all the
wonder around us. We grow numb to our precious world.
Walking on the beach at sunset, it's easy to believe
in miracles, easy to praise God for the glory of living.
The trouble is, most of our moments aren't spent in
such idyllic settings. We rush through our daily lives
being jostled and pushed by others who are also in a
hurry. We struggle with bothersome inconveniences,
striving to meet human deadlines. And we do is all in
surroundings that bore us with their familiarity.
Not only do we long for miracles, but we want them to
be so dramatic that they can't be ignored. We want
them to be quick, big, and complete. Bang. The
miracle has occurred.
But our Saviour fills our daily lives with quiet
miracles. We flip a switch, we have light. We put
on glasses, we see. We dial a phone, and we hear a
friend. The fact that the medical world took centuries
to defeat polio doesn't make the victory any less of a
'A miracle does not come by lazily waiting for God to
do it all,' a Bible scholar says. 'It comes from
cooperation of faith-filled effort with the illimitable
grace of God.'*
Some miracles, though, require nothing more of us than
that we open our senses to what God is doing around us.
If the leper hadn't looked at his body, how would he
have known Jesus had cleansed him?
* Altered from 'The Gospel of Matthew,' Volume I
(Revised Edition). Translated with an introduction
and interpretation by William Barclay. Copyright 1975
William Barclay. Altered and used by permission of
Westminster/John Knox Press. (p. 300)
A special note: This is the 34th anniversary of the
first Metropolitan Community Church service, October
6, 1968. Congratulations to the MCCs in 22 countries
that have sprung from that miracle of faith and witness.
We also pray God's special blessings on MCC founder,
the Rev. Elder Troy D. Perry. Thanks be to God for
Troy's willingness to do the unthinkable and start a
church that would welcome all of God's amazing
diversity of creation in a truly inclusive and
welcoming church. Troy's life has been the embodiment
of the Apostle Paul's assertion that 'through Christ,
nothing is impossible!' Happy 34th birthday, MCC!
Grace and peace,
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