May 22, 2016

Blessed: to Be

Since Easter, this blog has looked at ways we can be refreshed. The telling and hearing of the Story of God’s work is one way. Having fun, laughing and singing are others. When we tell one another what good things God has done we are also refreshed. As noted in the last post, we are now entering the Season of Pentecost or ‘Ordinary Time’ when there aren’t major feasts to celebrate. We are simply called to do God’s work.
This week starts a series on ways we are Blessed to do that work.
First we are Blessed to BE. 
Miriam McKenney in 50 Days of Fabulous said, “So as I continue to live into the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, remaining mindful of the gift of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension, I consider God’s message about seeing as mortals see; seeing from the outside instead of looking inside into people’s hearts. We must believe that we can do this. If we are children of God, and God lives in us, then we can see into each other’s heart. Even if it’s just a glimmer. Jesus preached, taught, and lived a life of love. [and] taught us that God has something in store for each of us that we may not understand or comprehend in ourselves, or in each other.
McKenney notes that each of us is blessed to be who we are, and each of us is blessed to bring out the best in one another. We are Blessed to Be the ones who witness to God’s love in our lives. As St. Francis is said to have urged, “Preach the Gospel, if necessary use words.” It is in the way we live who we are meant to BE that we witness.
As we live the life we are formed for we are promised that “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17) Isn’t it wonderful that God rejoices over us. No matter what happens, or what we do (or don’t do), God loves us and in fact, praises our life and work!
Sometimes we think it is only by Doing something big and important that we can Earn God’s favor and make a difference. That is not true. It is a lie produced by our world, which we too often believe. The only way we can really live as we were meant to be is to Be Held [by God]. In the Casting Crowns song Just be Held we are reminded that God is present in every moment and that we don’t have to ‘hold it all together’. Instead we can ‘just be held’. 
Jesus points to the birds and flowers saying “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? …See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin...” (Matthew 6:26-28)
Think about some ways you can BE-yourself and in Be-ing you: Be-come a witness to others:
Be Present
Be You
Be Strong
Be Filled
Be Changed
Be Open
Be Whole
Be New
Be Holy
Be Broken

You can probably think of other ways to BE as you live your life in Christ and as witness to the power of God. Remember you can BE-Loved and you are Beloved!
God says “I AM who I AM”. God tells us to Just BE who I created because that is enough.

For the next several weeks, we'll continue to look at ways we are Blessed! 

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