Who are the people like Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah who dare to show up and speak up within systems, people who create change in venues not many people hear about?
There are times that we find ourselves in Shiphrah and Puah’s shoes, whether they were Hebrews safeguarding their own people or Egyptians putting their lives on the line for strangers.
It really is all about belonging, this story of Adam and Eve. It’s about their belonging to God, their belonging to one another, their belonging to the clay from which they were shaped, all in bonds of nurture and care.
David retreats and immediately mourns the death of his son, no longer calling him the young man Absalom, but “Absalom, my son.” It would appear that David’s life is a complete and utter mess. What are we to make of this tragic story?
If nothing is able to separate David from God’s love, it is a safe bet there is nothing that will separate me or you from God’s love. But for the forgiveness to happen, we must be willing to look inward and know where we fall short. It is neither easy nor pleasant.
Everything Jesus does is meant to show something. No vain displays of power, no ad-hoc interactions with nothing behind them. Each miracle is a sign. Pointing to what?
What a lovely story, we might think, about how Jesus cared for these simple people, who didn’t have any idea what to do. “Sheep without a shepherd” sounds like a gentle way to call them all kind of dumb. It’s not.
Reaching out to protect the Ark, as well, indicates conscientious care. However, placing God in a box and handling God, as we see, can have dire consequences. God doesn’t need our protection.
When it’s all said and done, the portion, the lot, the boundary lines that God has given us, have been used to the glory of God and for the benefit of the common good. We are a part of a church family whose motto is justice.
LGBTQ movements are radically pointing followers of Jesus back to the heart of our tradition… Our faith calls us to love, “for God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them.”