Pastor Barb’s Weekly Reflections

Pastor Barb’s Weekly Reflections
Grace and peace to you all!

This week I am sharing wise words from my colleague, Steve Garnaas-Holmes, on the gospel reading for Sunday. I’ve been inspired by his words, I hope they inspire you, too
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The apostles said, “Increase our faith!” The Teacher replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are ordinary slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”
—Luke 17.5-10

We long for deeper meaning,
and to make a difference in this world.
If you have even a little poppy seed of trust
in the infinite power of God’s love
you can say to the tree of injustice,
“Be uprooted and thrown
into the chaos of new creation!”
and it will be so.
We who serve the Realm of Grace
aren’t here to be served.
We’re not here for the world to wait on us.
We’re here because we care about this.
When we do our small part for justice
it’s not us, but God’s infinite love flowing through us.
We just say, “I’m an ordinary servant.
I’m simply living the life God has given me to live.”

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