Friday, July 13, 2012

July 12, 2012

In the Gospels Jesus is portrayed as a border-crossing man. He went from Galilee to Samaria and back again. He traveled extensively in the region, and stopped in villages, cites, at the seashore and on hillsides. He brought blessing, healing, and wisdom.

Are you crossing borders this summer? Are you traveling across provincial boundaries, or national borders, or into parks? I wonder what it calls out of you to go to a different place: patience perhaps, or wonder or concern.

Perhaps you are enjoying the pleasures of our city this summer. Sunshine, thunderstorms, friendship, family, farmers’ markets: what do they call out of you?

Perhaps again this is a season with a different kind of border crossing. There may be a loved one who is looking toward the final crossing, the mystery of dying. May the blessings of our eternal loving God be with them, and you.

Maybe the border this summer is a line you drew in the sand and now the change is a household change, or an adjustment in your identity. Peace to you.

In all the borders we cross, God goes with us. Jesus went all over the places around him, with blessing, healing, and wisdom. Please trust that we are praying for those spiritual gifts to rest on you.

The Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean

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