Here I am, LORD

Mary Statue in Union, WA

I often wonder how I would respond to being chosen. Chosen by G-D to carry hope. To carry love. To carry the divine. Would I have the courage to mutter the phrase, “Here I am, LORD”? Would I be willing to allow my body to go through all the changes that accompany pregnancy and childbirth for G-D?

On this Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I will take some time leaning into this story. Leaning into Mary’s courage, trust, and listening for where G-D calls me. And my prayer for all of us who are constantly being called is that we can respond by saying “here I am.”

The Lord is my light…

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

These have been the words of my prayers for the past few days. Whether it is to overcome stage fright, awaiting lab results, or reading about the violence in the world, both local and global. These words have served as a balm…kind of.

I say “kind of” because it is not as if saying this Psalm takes away all fear and anxiety. The fear is still there. In my shoulders, in my jaw, in my responses, and in my inactivity. The fear is often still present. But these words remind me where I can place these feelings and where I can place my trust. This temporary release from fear allows me moments of clarity to question what it is I am truly afraid of. Comfort? Things? Pride? Privilege? Respect? Likability?

“For everything there is a season…

a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

War seems to be everywhere. All around us battles are being fought. There seems to be no escape, no end.

My prayer for today is that we will someday, somehow experience this time for peace. My faith tells me that it is possible. Peace be with you.

Practice-love your enemy

“Love your enemy…” This is hard work. This is dangerous work that Jesus is inviting us into. There is no promise that your enemy will love you back. There is no promise that your enemy will become your…not enemy. Yet Jesus’s invitation is crystal clear…love, do good, bless, pray, offer, and give.

As I approach Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent, I am reminded of the hard work of the Gospels and the invitation to this labor of love.