O LORD, let my soul rise up to meet You.
As the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he Is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:6-10
It is so easy to blame others for my darkness.
The Garden of Eden was full of that pointing of the finger, from the very beginning.
The light is truth, seeing it for what it really is.
And that is the Lenten pause. Confession. Choosing to walk in the truth.
And what is truth is that each of us is a sinful, broken, but very beloved child. And if we walk in this light, we have fellowship with each other. But if I occupy myself with ruminating and resenting, then I am alone in the darkness, gnashing my teeth like Gollum.
And later on John is going to tell me more truth, that if we say we love God, but do not love my brother, His child, I am a liar and the truth is not in me.
And right now the political stuff in our country is chock-full of finger-pointing and resentment, but there have been a few poignant moments of walking in the light. And ol’ Bernie, when asked abut his religion and his faith in God said that it comes down to “do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” And if this was too obscure and hard to understand, it is more clear when it is put “do unto others’ kids as you would like them to do to your kids.”
Because our kids rip at our hearts. And in Isaiah God says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
And we cannot have fellowship with Him if we walk in the darkness of accusation. In Him is no darkness at all.
And a lot at Imago Dei, after we share Eucharist with one another, we sing, “We are Marching in the Light of God.” We sing it in English. We sing it in Swahili. We sing it in Spanish. And then we sing it in English again. Really loudly, with Mr. Curry crashing the piano keys.
And that is the point of it all. Because He loved us, we love others. Love is not earned. It is because He is the I am. Love.