Risk Significance

Jesus lived the truth of the words Luke placed in his mouth:  “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division!” (Lk 12:51)  Harsh words.  Tough talk.  But the in-breaking of the realm of God would be like nothing people ever imagined.  He had a point to make, and not much time to make it.  Survival requires growth; growth means change, and change is uncomfortable so we recoil from it.   The message of Jesus is not one of permanence, a recipe for dying.  Here is the poem I shared in worship Sunday:

       I will not die an unlived life.
       I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
       I choose to inhabit my days,
                to allow my living to open me,
                to make me less afraid, more accessible,
                to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing,
                              a torch, a promise.
       I choose to risk my significance;
                to live so that which comes to me
                as seed goes to the next as blossom
                and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.

 –Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life:Reclaiming Purpose and Passion                                           (Conari Press: Boston) 2000

 Jesus risked his significance.  Can we risk ours?

Peace and grace,
Pastor Carol      

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