getting out the WORD - the 4th sunday after epiphany PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...

Holy God, you confound the world's wisdom in giving your kingdom to the lowly and the pure in heart. Give us such a hunger and thirst for justice, and perseverance in striving for peace, that in our words and deeds the world may see the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:1-12

the DEVOTION...

There are times all we can do is hate. We try not to, but we can't help ourselves. Hurt hounds us, fear haunts us, and we hate. It's as simple as that. Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. Revenge, we call it. Retribution. Justice. And nothing - nothing and no one - will get in our way...

Now, imagine a person - a people - for whom hate is not an option. Whose only choice is to love! Love neighbors! Love enemies! Not simply putting up with them, tolerating them, but being committed to them, devoted! Just like Jesus!

That's what Jesus has in mind when he talks about peacemakers. He's not thinking of people praised for their courage or recognized for their conviction. Banquets. Medals. Citations. Rewards. Accolades. He imagines those - just like him - who are caught in the middle, standing in that no man's land between hater and hated. Those who - just like him - pay the price for peace... Who pay the price and bear the scars...

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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