Compelling Presence

Dear Compelled in Christ,

I had the opportunity this past year to sit and visit one on one with Father Gregory Boyle who leads Homeboy Industries in Compton, (Los Angeles) California. Father Boyle is one of the great gang fighters in our culture. He has taken hundreds of young people out of gangs and given them training to go into jobs.

One of Father Boyle's great quotes is, "If your present is not compelling you won’t care if you inflect pain on someone else.” That quote was repeated last week at a luncheon at Confluence Ministries in the context of a panel discussion on the relationship between police and communities in our cites. I have been reflecting off and on over that quote now for several days.

Do you have a compelling present? If you do not, we need to pray and strive together to insure that you do.

In John 4, the women at the well is in conversation with Jesus. Jesus tells her he knows exactly who she is and that her life has, “perhaps not been as sin free as it might have been.” What Jesus does is, he loves her as she is, but he does not leave her where she is. Jesus says, “…the hour is coming and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth….."(John 4:23). Perhaps the best thing Jesus says is, “ now here…” We are not waiting. Jesus is here now. Christ is present and compelling!

Let’s get going now to tell others Jesus loves them where they are, but doesn’t leave them as they are. That Jesus comes in this present moment to give each person something compelling to do. For we are the precious children of the Lord, each gifted for a purpose.

For further reflection read John 4.

May our prayer be that no one live in a moment with a lack of purpose, and thoughts of inflecting pain. Jesus guide us in the ways of truth that all might know your compelling purpose for their present time.

Prayers. Thanks to each of you for your prayers for my mother Beverly. She has been in the hospital in Castle Rock. She will transfer soon to a skilled care facility. Thank you for your prayers.

Let us pray for all who are sick, police officers, gang members, former gang members, Syrian refuges, Israel, Palestine, and victims of fire and floods.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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