“In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.” Henri Nouwen

Tomorrow’s Bible story is Jesus taking his closest disciples, Peter, John and James, up a mountain where they encountered a mystical experience. (Luke 9:28-36) Jesus looks like a ghost, talking to other ghosts: Elijah and Moses. A voice comes out of the cloud. Peter, John and James are terrified and keep silent about what has happened.

Of course they didn’t share what happened on that mountaintop – no one would have believed them, right? When the mystical nature of God breaks through into our lives, it’s amazing and terrifying all at the same time.

What does this have to do with the Nouwen quote? Well, I think one of the ways we can step into our calling to be living signs of love is to give up our judgements, our knowledge, and our comfort zones to walk with awe and wonder that the mystery of God can indeed bridge divisions and heal wounds. It certainly can be terrifying – but Jesus is with us. So, let’s learn to be bridges even when they sway or seem pretty flimsy. Jesus takes us up and down through the highs and lows of life and promises to be there. That’s good news and signs of a love that will carry us through.

Tomorrow it is exactly halfway between Christmas and Easter! Lent begins on Wednesday. We gather at 9:00 and 10:30 am to shore up the foundations of our bridges, to praise and thank God and be community for one another. It won’t be the same without you.

Grace be with you,


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