Bring Good News
Robin Linkhart, Council of Twelve Apostles
The Spirit of the Lord is upon us, the Lord has anointed us and sends us to bring good news to the oppressed… -Isaiah 61:1, adapted
It was mid-December and the last day of our congregation’s neighborhood Homework Club before the holidays. It was getting dark. A few members helped kids finish their schoolwork. Others cleaned the kitchen.
More than 350 kids lived in the low-income housing across the street. Countless kids, challenged by poverty and language barriers, walked by our building on their way to and from school every week. Many of these families were now our friends.
I offered silent prayers of gratitude for the transformation taking place in our members and those we endeavored to serve on this adventure of life in a world filled with struggle and injustice.
Suddenly I heard a knock. I opened the door. A young Hispanic man asked to speak with the pastor. I invited him in and motioned to nearby seating. He sank into a chair and told his story. He was out of work, relationships were strained, Christmas was coming, he was desperate to get himself together, and it was obvious alcohol was taking a toll. Tears streamed down his face. I offered words I knew to be the truth: God loves you no matter what, and your worth as a person is not in question.
I shared information about shelters, food pantries, and the aid our congregation could offer. Then I took his hands in mine, and we prayed.
When I opened my eyes, he looked into my face and said, “If someone can take me to the bus station, I know what I need to do. I need to admit myself to Boulder County Rehab Center. I need to get well.”
“Yes, Gabriel, we can do that.”
The good news calls us to carry the light of peace in all the places we find ourselves. I may never know the rest of Gabriel’s story, but I do know on that night he found the shining light of a little white church working to make a difference in his neighborhood. Christ’s peace.
“Trust what is being born.”
Jesus, the Peaceful One
We have spent this year with a guiding question: Are we moving closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One? As we near the end of this calendar year, we review how this question has been shaping and forming us. In our thoughts, words, and actions, have we been embodying Jesus, the Peaceful One? What might it look like to move closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One as we make space in our lives for Christ incarnate this Advent season?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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