Our inclusive language liturgies generally set the structure and theme of Sunday morning worship.
There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus every personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted their, being executed. So don’t knock guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don’t.
–Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called….
1 Peter 3:9 (Berean Study Bible)
The most amazing fact about Jesus . . . is that he found God in disorder and imperfection—and told us that we must do the same or we would never be content on this earth.
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, pg 1.
Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings
and flocks of redwing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children
and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
from the poem, “Wage Peace,” by Judyth Hill
Where refugees seek deliverance that never comes,
And the heart consumes itself, as if it would live,
Where little children age before their time,
And life wears down the edges of the mind,
Where the old man sits with mind grown cold,
While bones and sinew, blood and cell, go slowly down to death,
Where fear companions each day’s life,
And Perfect Love seems long delayed,
CHRISTMAS IS WAITING TO BE BORN:
In you, in me, in all mankind.
Howard Thurman, “Christmas Is Waiting to be Born”
in The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations (1973, re-issued 1985), p 23