July 29, 2018
God is Love | Taylor
POEM BY RUTH NEVE
God is love: it's definition - its defining.
Before creation's Word
breathed potential into humanity's one flesh -
God was love
God is love,
faintly echoed in his reflection:
Hagar and Ishmael, Jacob and Rebekah,
Naomi and Ruth, David and Jonathan.
Within our grasp; limited, partial-
yet gently coaxed, nurtured and nourished by the Devoted Three
God is love,
incarnated in dependency and vulnerability-
completing our potential.
Life and love in all its fullness:
fleshed out, exposed, experienced in life;
freely given, consummated, glorified in death;
confirmed, vindicated, released in resurrection.
God is love:
Eternally United in purpose, nature and being -
seeking, saving, embracing,
empowering, weeping, giving,
preferring, serving, responding -
through that final day when death and decay cease,
and all Resurrection's heirs assemble:
fully experiencing, perfectly knowing
God is love
Benediction | Taylor
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may seek truth boldly and live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.
May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hand in comfort and turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe thatthrough Jesus Christ we’ll have the strength and power necessary to create change in this world and in our neighborhood, so that together we will courageously try what others claim cannot be done.
May God bless you with remembrancethat we are called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch. Amen