Adoption. Bronze Doors Panel Grace Cathedral San Francisco, CA
Our searching of the scriptures this morning was wide ranging.
We contemplated the gift of joy and peace that we can carry in to the future. Psalm 66 speaks of a crying out in prayer in the time of trouble and the offering back of the time as a gift to God. This speaks of this time and of how we seek to make the best in our lives of sometimes desperate situations. The gift we long for and are desperate for is peace in our troubles and to be saved out of the place we find ourselves.
This article about death by Ron Rolheiser LEAVING PEACE BEHIND AS OUR FAREWELL GIFT adds
…what constitutes peace? When Jesus promises peace as his farewell gift, he identifies it with the Holy Spirit; and, as we know, that is the spirit of charity, joy, peace, patience, goodness, long-suffering, fidelity, mildness, and chastity. How do we leave these behind when we leave?
There was a profound discussion about adoption and the court practices in the UK that involves a celebration.
We talked about the longings of the heart that are almost nostalgic for what seems lost and cause every-person to seek or, as it says in the translation, grope for the truth. In many ways our birth is cursed by the collateral of necessity in creation, but Jesus breaths peace into this and brings us to a place of adoption that realises that longing of our hearts for the original blessing of our birth. The gateway to this Jesus by grace and we are able to mediate this for one another through the Spirit. This came out strongly, that resting in our blessing we are able to bless others. In Jesus we are released from the curse of the past and start a new story.
…From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him–though indeed he is not far from each one of us.
For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said…
While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.
… I will pay you my vows, those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
…Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.
…Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.
1 Peter 3:13-22
…Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. …
And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you–not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. …
They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”