Discover Joy in Sharing
Robin Linkhart, Council of Twelve Apostles
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ -Luke 10:1-9
I was a seventy called to serve in a place I had never lived. Many seekers were reaching out online, searching for a spiritual home. In our connections with a few people we saw significant possibility, but the details of how to transform potential into tangible expressions of God’s love and invitation seemed elusive. There was no map detailing the road ahead. I must admit there were times I completely identified with being sent out “like lambs into the midst of wolves” as described in Luke 10 when Jesus sends the seventy.
I was, however, confident of God’s call to mission and continued to receive affirming witness that this was where the church should be. I leaned heavily on the promise found in Matthew 28, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” I could not see the road ahead, but I was confident that God would provide enough light for the next step. Step by step, I went on my way.
Jesus’ instructions to the seventy served me well: share words of peace; remain with the people; pray for the sick; eat together; allow the good news of God’s reign to flow naturally in the sacred space of relationships born.
I spent time with the people and listened. I attended a women’s forum hosted at the local university. I agreed to be interviewed on a podcast about female ordination and Community of Christ’s journey. I began to meet people who wanted to know more, and I explored ways to create safe space and invite others to share.
When I allowed myself to rest in the promise of God’s presence and invite people to share at table, I discovered the mystery of love incarnate in the simple act of breaking bread and listening as people shared the stories of their lives with me. Together we discovered the joy in sharing our true selves and exploring the path forward. For many, that path has led them to the spiritual home their soul yearned for: Community of Christ.
I belong with all that lives.
Take a deep breath and pay attention to the web of relationships that sustain your life right now. Remember the people who have formed you. Consider the nourishing food and drink that come to you from the planet. Notice all the lives that touched everything that surrounds you. Offer a prayer of gratitude for connection and belonging with God and all creation.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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