The reason we exist is to be a place where, on Wednesday nights mostly children, youth and the adults who are with them discover God. Now it may not look like it when we are all standing around the Bistro tables eating pizza. You may be wondering what is going on when the kids who are in one of the groups are playing hide and seek at around 8:00 p.m. waiting for their parents who are in choir to finish up. And yet the whole idea of Wednesday nights is to create a space which is really a time when, whatever we may be doing, we are open to the love of God many of us have experienced in Jesus to take hold and somehow implant itself deeply in our hearts.
The place and/or time many of the rest of us have this opportunity is worship. This coming Sunday our worship will be centered around a teaching of Jesus on forgiveness. Peter, the inquisitive one, asks Jesus, “How often do I have to forgive to be a follower of you Jesus?” Jesus’s answer is, in a word, “Well Peter, first of all lose the attitude that there is a number.” Jesus encourages us to work our way to a new attitude; one not of keeping a correct score but one of reflecting a merciful attitude that is deeply implanted within us, what we call forgiveness.
In his life Jesus reflects this attitude, this approach to life, this nature that is within him. This nature we believe is also a part of each one of us. And a part of our church, what we call “The Body of Christ.” And yet discovering that merciful attitude towards others and ourselves does not often come out naturally. It is something we have to practice in order to discover within ourselves.
As you prepare to come to worship this Sunday I invite you to consider a time when you were gracious, merciful, forgiving. What was a time when that nature which was in Jesus was reflected outwardly in your life? Maybe it’s a situation or relationship going on right now? What would it look like for you to allow the merciful attitude of God Jesus reflects to come out to be drawn out of you?
Keep the Faith!