All week long we wrote Belong on each other’s palms. We wrote on our fingers, too. Needed and Loved. Safe, Understood, and Purpose.
We wrote it because they’re our deepest longings. Every single one of them in every single one of us.
We wrote it because we wanted to hold on to their truth and each other and the One who would help us find them.
You can hold on, too, with us and with Him. You belong.
Now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh, he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.
You are our peace
You proclaim it
You create it
You bring us near
Without you there is
No identity rooted beyond this dust
Without you we are
Outsiders, Outcasts, Orphaned
Our need is so deep, so desperate
So beyond us
It took flesh, your flesh to make peace
Your torture puts hostility to death
Your broken body breaks down every dividing wall
Your blood makes us blood
What wondrous truth
What dazzling grace
Bring us near again, Jesus
Help us remember and re-member
Make us one in your generous, fierce love
This reflection came from a week leading middle school worship at the Warren W Willis United Methodist Summer Camp in Fruitland Park, Florida.
It feels especially needed given the hate and division being promoted in our country.
Should you ever want a gentle ear to listen, or a gentle heart to pray, I would be honored to be that for you.
Belonging © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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