The gathering one

Dearly Beloved,

Grace and Peace to you.

Some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” — Luke 13. 31-34

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.

You are not the Demanding One; you are the Gathering One.

The death squads are lacing their boots and preparing their weapons and still you heal and set free.

We bristle with death and still you embrace us.

You gather our pain, our violence, our fear. You gather our sorrow and hold it until we come to be gathered ourselves.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.

Their boots echo in the alleyways, their little jokes between them, and still you extend your gentle touch; your embrace awaits us.

Already you are living resurrection, inviting us to be gathered in.

Whisper this to the sky: this work will be completed.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Grant us your peace.

Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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