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Watching, Waiting, Awakening-#reLent

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Yesterday seemed as if we danced in parallel worlds.

The air of Ash Wednesday and its mystery has been, over the past couple of years, lifted for me into that time where there is an understanding of coming home once more, to be in the presence of the Creator with the masks lifted and torn from our faces, unveiling and exposing our fragility and vulnerability to who we are as God’s children.

Sometimes in these moments of preparing sacred space, there is chaos to where sometimes one wishes just to have the ability to be in the moment, nestled in those ashes, to be prayed over and sent out reminding others of our purpose along this journey.

Sometimes we are those charged with #watching; watching for the shift in the atmosphere, when the Holy Spirit descends among the beloved community, pushing aside those doors which block us from being in relationship with the Creator and showing us the #way, that there is starkness and emptiness and we, as God’s vessels..because we are made in the Image of the Divine, are called to fill each of these places wrought with fear, sorrow, injustice and longing with the Love that can not be described or categorized but Lived, empowering us when the darkness disrupts the fluidity of Life.

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Yesterday once more surrounded by ever flowing waters, guided by sacred lamps, we were reminded again how the Light has guided our journey throughout this time at Seminary

“Oh Lord hear my prayer

Oh Lord hear my prayer

When I call, answer me

Oh Lord hear my prayer

Oh Lord hear my prayer

Come and listen to me”

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Lent is coming

And so is everything else in our complicated, spiritually filled existence…

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The Prayer around the Cross worship gives us time to reflect and be fluid in our time together as a community..

Most often, it opens up the sacred  space so that we are opened to how the Holy Spirit is speaking to us along this journey, which sometimes leaves dust clinging to who we are

But, this time of the year…there is a transformation…

Middlers are approaching diving off into the waters of Internship

balling up everything they have learned and engrossed these past two years 

consuming it, and reforming it back out into something wonderful..

hoping that the audience before them gets their performance.

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But, as I sit here attempting to figure out how to measure my head for a graduation cap,

the reality of the beginning of the end of one journey, 

and the beginning of hopefully something wonderful

flutters in my vision, as a butterfly so rare 

but now in my grasp.

Today begins the final countdown

Lent is coming

But so is Regional Assignment Day…

And so many of my classmates have spent this weekend in community

immersed in reading

procrastibaking 

questing and wondering

praying and hoping 

that the Creator has a sense of humor,

and sends us out, into somewhere where we are needed to share the Gospel.

God’s Peace


Pushing the Envelope, Confronting the Past

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Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Let’s be clear-

Celebrating Black History Month, African Descent Month is not about assimilating

regurgitating those People of Color whose lives have been co-opted

to sing Kumbaya.

As with any month that is dedicated to uplifting the history, the heritage and the culture

of ancient peoples,

This month recognizes the warriors, those freedom fighters

those infused with the fiery Spirit to challenge and call us to attention

of the responsibilities and the ministry we should be immersed in.

We are called to the painful healing process,

of that which has been done in the darkness

in the blackness of abyss surrounding humanity hearts

When we do not see the reflection of Christ in one another

Never more was this true, with those of my people

who were not slaves in Africa,

But were ripped from the shores to be enslaved

affirmed through the distortion of Christianity

Therefore throughout our exiled existence, we have struggled with the paradox

of celebrating the Creator of All

marked with the sign of the Cross…

But..

through the Cross there is a radical revelation of God, to be in and with community where there is suffering, despair and where people feel abandoned

So…

we step out from the shadow of the Cross transformed,renewed, released

And…

upon our faces, our dark faces, our black faces, our brown faces, our broken faces, our bruised faces, our bloodied faces..

the reflection of Christ who challenges those who refuse to see the Gospel in our eyes

and hear it proclaimed in our voices

even as it is preached in musical, lyrical, powerful languages

We are a people of forgiveness, of love…because we understand that Call.

So hear the truth, understand the pain, and journey alongside us.

Lape Bondye, God’s Peace.