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Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.          

He said, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”                   —Mark 9.35-37

God won't come into my life on heavenly beams with angel choruses singing softly. God will come hidden in plain sight in the least and lowest of people.

This is not a trick. God's poverty and powerlessness is not a disguise. It's the way God really is. Our power and status is the disguise. God comes with a gentle invitation to come clean.

I welcome the vulnerable, I house the refugee, I honor the criminal, because I too am small and weak, I have lived on what was not mine, I am searching for my truest home.

I am a child playing dress up with my dress and heels, my suit and tie, my crown too big for my head, my scepter. Ah! the release, to lay them all down.

Like the child I am dependent, a minor, and I am beloved and tenderly cherished. Who knows which comes first, giving or receiving such divine love?

Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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