We are on a mission from God.

This week we talked about “mission.”

There are lots of examples (past and present) of how this concept has been used to manipulate and even enslave people around the world. Frankly, a lot of people cringe when they hear the word “mission” — especially in regards to the Church.

That said, the Bible is all about mission. More accurately,  it is about sending. God sends Jesus into the world and Jesus sends us.

What are we sent to do?

To live and love as Jesus did; to witness to the light of Christ in the darkest situations.

Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light

Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
who testify
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
in shadow
and grief.

Blessed are you
in whom
the light lives,
in whom
the brightness blazes—
your heart
a chapel,
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith
in stubborn hope
in love that illumines
every broken thing
it finds.

– Jan Richards

 

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